This mean looking hatchback racer is a track-exclusive deal unfortunately, and has been previewed ahead of its anticipated track debut taking place next year.
The South Korean automaker is apparently very interested in joining the bevy of automakers that offer special models for the TCR Series – and the high-performance cee’d TCR looks ready to take the world circuits by storm. The cee’d TCR is being developed and manufactured for the automaker by Austrian specialists STARD. Falling in line with the TCR rules, the production line bodyshell is then tweaked to the max to the maximum allowed width of 1.95 meters (76.77 inches) – via those huge fender extensions. Under the hood resides a four-cylinder turbo engine with up to 330 hp – the maximum capacity being two liters, though Kia for sure will play with the 1.6 turbo. They can also use race sequential transmissions – but with a penalty – and the total price of the car is not allowed to exceed €90,000 ($101,000).
The automaker produced/sanctioned cars come from Seat, Volkswagen, Honda, Opel, and Peugeot. There are other brands – such as Subaru and Alfa Romeo – but those are operated independently from the core manufacturer. The final take on the car will be presented next month, and first deliveries are programmed for next year’s season.