Dubbed the “most performance-focused Kia models yet”, the South Korean automaker released pictures and some additional details about its new pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT sport hatchbacks, ahead of their world premiere at the 2013 Geneva motor show in March.
We don’t know what Kia’s engineers have managed to do with the compact hatchback’s uprated chassis, but in terms of performance, the turbocharged 1.6-litre GDI petrol engine producing 204PS (201bhp) and 265 Nm (195lb-ft) of peak torque seems to position the cars below the likes of the current VW Golf GTI.
The front wheel drive Kia models are offered exclusively with a six-speed manual gearbox, with the automaker quoting a 0-100km/h (62mph) acceleration time of 7.9 seconds, which is 1 second slower than the current, 210PS (208bhp) Golf GTI Mk6 (6.9 seconds), and 1.3 seconds slower than the upcoming 220PS (217bhp) Golf GTI Mk7 (preliminary sprint time of 6.6 seconds).
Designed in Europe under the direction of President and Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, the pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT both feature bespoke styling elements ranging from the deeper front bumper with honeycomb grille inserts and LED daytime running lights, to 18-inch alloy wheels, red brake calipers, dual-exhaust pipes and a rear diffuser.
Inside, the sport hatchbacks gain a new steering wheel with the GT logo, black piano trim inserts, Recaro seating and more. European prices are to be announced closer to the launch date. Story References: Kia via Automonthly