KIA GT Concept will enter in production image

After receiving a very positive reaction at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show last week, the Korean manufacturer said that the GT Concept will enter in production in 2013. The move will come once Kia has updated its current lineup.

Kia chief design officer, Peter Schreyer, said the exciting rear-wheel drive performance sedan would be the perfect addition to the South Korean brand’s reinvigorated global line-up.

“It would be a dream to put this into production – it has a logical layout, with four seats, and good luggage space, and it’s also engaging and dynamic and makes a strong statement,” Mr Schreyer said.

“It’s exactly the kind of car Kia should be making.”

Patterned after the rear-drive luxury grand tourers of the 1970s, the Kia GT is a rear-drive with the Audi A7 clearly in its sights.

From the get-go, the Kia GT’s design team wanted to ensure that the concept couldn’t be mistaken for anything but a rear-drive sedan. The results are an elongated hood, short front overhang, and bulging rear shoulders that emphasize the car’s overall cab-rearward design.

Motivated by a 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 giving 389 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque, power for GT is routed through an eight-speed automatic gearbox.