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Kia Introduces Track'ster Concept

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On: Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 12:14PM | By: Chris Weiss


Kia Introduces Track'ster Concept

After a short teaser campaign, Kia unveiled its new Track'ster concept at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show last week. The concept is a sporty version of the Soul.

The Chicago Auto Show typically isn't quite as big for new debuts and concepts as Detroit or New York, but it sounds like the Track'ster added some excitement. Kia describes the scene, "Amid the driving rhythm of heavy-metal music, smoke and blinding lights, Kia Motors America (KMA) took the wraps off a performance-oriented three-door Soul coupe concept that hints at what could possibly be the future of Kia's wildly successful Soul."

The Track'ster started off from a Soul but is designed to add a tougher, more aggressive look. Kia's chief designer Tom Kearns explains: "The idea was to make the Track'ster tough looking, like a bulldog. But the car had to be approachable as well. We wanted to base the car in reality so people instantly knew it was a Soul, but with a lot of attitude. It had to be a bold interpretation that would change people's conceptions of what a sporty Kia could be."

The concept gains nearly an inch over the Soul but loses the rear doors. One of the most visual elements that Kia uses to convey its intents are the paint scheme. The 'inferno orange' roof and accents stand out loudly against the white backdrop and convey a sense of racing. Other visual elements that stand out include the carbon fiber-trimmed grille, orange-accented carbon fiber side valences, big LED driving lights with billeted aluminum surrounds on the lower intake grille, and 19-inch HRE-K1 monoblock billet performance wheels.

The concept isn't a meek Chihuahua rolled into bull dog clothing. It features a potent powertrain that spits 250 horses out of a 2.0-liter turbo four - that's a 66 percent increase over the production Soul. Those horses are delivered to all four wheels. A six speed manual transmission keeps the driver engaged with the engine and Brembo brakes pull the reins on that team of horses.

The race-inspired theme continues inside, where Kia installs suede, Inferno Orange racing seats and a suede-wrapped sport steering wheel. Because the Track'ster is a race-inspired Soul, Kia removes the rear seats, replacing them with tool and equipment storage and a spare tire well.

Unfortunately for fans of the hot Soul, Kia says directly that it has no plans to produce this concept. However, some of the design may find its way into the Soul Line, as the automaker also says the concept "hints at what could possibly be the future of Kia's wildly successful Soul."


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Sami18 | 12:42PM (Thu, Feb 16, 2012)

Well what was the point of making a concept if your not going to put it in to production? All Kia wants to do is tease people with the well like Soul, but at least they should incorporate the theme in to a new edition to the soul lineup.


 

Stephy21 | 12:43PM (Thu, Feb 16, 2012)

I agree.

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