Kia Lowers K900 Pricing With New Premium Trim

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

Shopping around for a Korean premium sedan with rear-wheel drive and V8 power, but not looking to spend much? Kia just might have what you need.

Motor Authority reports the brand recently dropped the price on its K900 sedan with the help of a new Premium trim that deletes niceties like LED headlights, chrome and Nappa leather. The price of admission, as a result, begins at $55,400. To get those back, consumers would have to upgrade to the Luxury trim, which begins at $59,500; the previous sole K900 model had an MSRP of $60,400.

No matter if your K900 is loaded or barely stripped, the sedan still has its 5-liter, 420-horsepower V8, and still costs less than similar machines from Lexus or Mercedes. That said, Kia may need all the help it can get to move its flagship out of the showroom, having sold just 1,330 units in 2014 in comparison to the brand’s other premium and near-premium models, the David Bowie-enhanced Cadenza (9,267), and the Jaguar XF-esque Optima (159,020).

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • Energetik9 Energetik9 on Jan 29, 2015

    I've yet to see a single one of these on the road and that comes from a car guy that is always paying attention. Kia is owned by Hyundai. Hyundai should stick with thier efforts to upscale and leave the cheaper stuff to Kia. Kia, in my mind, already has the cheaper reputation and image, just leave it that way.

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    • Dtremit Dtremit on Jan 29, 2015

      @John R ~34% -- which may effectively be a controlling interest, if Korean corporations work the way Japanese ones do. Ford controlled Mazda with a 34% stake.

  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Jan 29, 2015

    "$55,400." Isn't this the price of the Genesis? Which I was thinking is about the same size as the underwhelming K900. The cheapo styling at 165% doesn't work at all for me. And the wheels belong on a Forte or something. Yeah look at this. The Genesis starts at 20K less than the base on the K900, and is 98% the same size, save for length where the K900 wins at 4" additional. In all other ways, the Genesis wins. Even when you add the V8 version and get the R-Spec, it's still $7k less.

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    • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Jan 29, 2015

      @duffman13 Oh God what an arrival. Turning up with your chauffeur at the 5* restaurant, with the big LWB Optima. LMAO. Unacceptable.

  • Brianyates Brianyates on Jan 29, 2015

    Do Kia still have the steering problems(pulling constantly to left or right) and the chronic stalling problems associated with ALL their models?

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    • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Jan 30, 2015

      @SCE to AUX I can't believe you stated this SCE!

  • Brianyates Brianyates on Jan 29, 2015

    SCE to Aux and Sigivald before you start mouthing off about me being atroll or ignorant, Check out Phil Edmonston's Lemon Aid for cars 1999-2013 and Consumer reports 2012 as well as many Kia owners complaints,they cover alot of problems. Don't take it to heart , they're just cars, just not very good ones.

    • Waftable Torque Waftable Torque on Jan 29, 2015

      Sorry Brian, but you do come off as troll-ish. We're quite civilized about it though, so it helps to cite your sources early on.