2015 Frankfurt Motor Show LIVE: Kia Optima GT image

A more powerful version of the new Optima, in the Euro-spec, has been brought to the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, by Kia.

Kia has introduced the new Optima GT at the German automotive event, following some leaked images with it which have ended up on the web just last month. The model in question is bringing a sportier body, some new alloy wheels, a retuned suspension system, new Electronically-Controlled Suspension system, revised rack-mounted motor-driven power steering and so on, along with some tweaks made to the cabin.

The South Korean based automakers is telling us that this particular model has been dubbed as a prototype, but its production version is expected to be basically the same. Under its hood, the midsized sedan is making use of a 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline burner, which is capable of putting down a total of 245 HP (180 kW), at 6,000 rpm, and it is coming with a peak torque of 353 Nm (260 lb-ft), available between 1,350 rpm and 4,000 rpm.

The engine, which is meeting the Euro 6 emission standards, is allowing the Kia Optima GT to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 7.4 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 240 km/h (150 mph). The average fuel consumption of the car stands at 8.2 liters / 100 km (34.4 mpg UK / 28.6 mpg US) and the CO2 emissions are stopping at 191 g/km. The Kia Optima GT is going to be put into production soon and it will be sold starting from next year.