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How Low Will It Go? Kia GT To Lose V-6?

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On: Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 4:24PM | By: Chris Weiss

How Low Will It Go? Kia GT To Lose V-6?

Before the Kia GT concept launched, rumors indicated Kia had a rear-wheel V-8-powered sports car to show at Frankfurt. When the concept made its official debut, it had a 3.3-liter turbo V-6 instead of a V-8. No big deal, since a 390-hp Kia sports coupe is still an interesting concept.

Rumor has it, the V-6 may give way to a four-cylinder in production, however.

Kia has shown some serious signs of production intention when it comes to the GT, so unless it really is waiting to weigh the GT against a second sports car concept in Detroit, we're assuming it's moving ahead with production plans. According to Kia design director Peter Schreyer, Kia may just downsize the engine.

Schreyer told Auto Express: "I think done in the right way, with a smaller engine or hybrid technology, it would work. It would still be fast, but return good fuel economy, too."

I suppose that makes sense. Chances are, if you're shopping Kia for a sports car, you're not necessarily looking for top-notch performance, but you probably wouldn't mind sending a little less coin to Big Oil.

A lot of people seemed to come out of Frankfurt raving about the GT concept, but I just don't see it. I suppose as a whole, it's a very nice car, but I can't seem to get past the awkward dimensions (it looks like the designer was daydreaming while drawing the roofline, suddenly snapped out of it and adjusted the long roof by making a sharp, vertically dropped rear), mundane rear-end and air slits up front. If Kia gave it a more aggressive cabin and reworked the front and back, though, I'd be on board. Positives include the gold-outlined cabin and sharp headlamps.

It's pretty clear from his comments past and present that Shreyer really believes this is the right car for Kia. He told the British publication, "The coupe market is dominated by German brands, and the GT is Kia’s first step."

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