Kia GT Concept Closer To Becoming Production-Ready

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
kia gt concept closer to becoming production ready

Over three years ago, the Kia GT concept made its debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. Soon, however, the four-door coupe could hit the production line.

According to, Kia America product planning chief Orth Hedrick is very close to being production-ready, and would likely fare well in North America despite the distance in time because it is a sedan, and because of its “younger, more emotional message to the market”:

I think for us the GT is a sedan so it has a lot broader appeal than a two-door coupe. They don’t do well here. They do really, really good for 18 months and then they really fall off. You can get just as much emotional experience in a sedan, a more practical car, than a coupe. But it communicates something very, very clear to market with a coupe in your line-up.

Hedrick adds that the announcement officially confirming the GT’s production would come soon. The concept is powered by a turbocharged V6, with the rear wheels doing the driving.

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  • NotFast NotFast on Apr 07, 2015

    Where did you @!#$%^&* get a picture of me and my hot girlfriend?!!!!

  • TMA1 TMA1 on Apr 07, 2015

    Ah, I was getting excited, thinking this was the Stinger GT4. And with a turbo V6 and RX-8 doors! That would truly be awesome. This looks pretty cool too though. Now, reading the linked article, looks like the GT4 won't make it to production. Too bad.

  • Turf3 Turf3 on Apr 07, 2015

    "Coupe" means two doors. "Four door coupe" self-contradicts. Maybe you meant "coupe-shaped"?

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    • Cameron Aubernon Cameron Aubernon on Apr 07, 2015

      @turf3 That's fine, darling; I'm not changing what I wrote in this instance, however.

  • Wmba Wmba on Apr 07, 2015

    Back in the 1960s, a GT was a particular kind of car, like an Aston Martin DB4GT. But Ford thought a 78.5 hp Cortina tinbox with 15 hp more than standard merited the title GT. And another long-standing definition was ruined on the altar of marketing. A coupe had two doors until Dieter Zetsche twiddled his giganto moustache and decreed a Mercedes coupe was better than that - why Mercedes' coupes now had Four doors. And everyone knows four is bigger than two. and thus better. With the rancid reasoning of marketing people bereft of any ideas resembling reality, Kia has decided that they too could make a four door coupe. One does hope they hired Lotus to make the thing handle, and paid some attention to structural integrity, unlike the Cadenza. Load it up with all the cheap H/K electronic doo-dads and a heated steering wheel to complete the luxury effect and they'll sell this thing, even though its nostrils need a good wipe with a Kleenex.