New Kia Rio B-Spec race version going to SEMA image

The South Korean based automaker has recently announced that a B-Spec racing version of the 2012 Rio will be officially presented at the 2011 SEMA Show on the 1st of November, this year, but the manufacturer didn’t reveal any details about the racer’s performance of powerplant.

“Outstanding value has always been a foundation of the Kia brand, and with the rapid development of the Kia Racing program and the launch of the 2012 Rio 5-door we have a unique opportunity to introduce Kia to a new and passionate racing community by providing an affordable and great-looking race car that delivers best-in-class horsepower in the rapidly expanding B-segment”, said the Kia Motor America VP of marketing and communications, Michael Sprague.

Besides the visible upgraded suspension and safety equipment like the roll-cage, the South Korean base automaker didn’t provide any extra details about the Rio B-Spec race version, but all of this should come to light during the 2011 SEMA Show, when the vehicle will be officially presented.

As a reminder, the 2012 Kia Rio five-door hatchback is powered by a 1.6 liter, four-cylinder, GDI engine, which is delivering 138 horsepower, mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission, going on sale for an entry-level price of 13.600 USD.