Frankfurt 2011: Kia Stuns Us With the RWD GT Concept

Stunning – it’s not a word that is usually associated with the Kia brand. Neither is “striking,” but apply for designer Peter Schreyer’s latest interpretation of the Korean brand’s direction with the GT Concept.

Displayed against a stark white backdrop, dressed in light silver paint with bronze accents, the clean look draws the eyes from the hooked LED headlights – which bookend the trademark Kia grille outlined in chrome – down the long hood and along the arcing roofline to the short, Kammback tail. The GT looks best from the rear-three quarter angle where the suicide doors and gilded roofline are most apparent and emphasize the car’s long, low, rear-wheel drive stance. With those doors opened wide, the GT’s black interior with bronze-colored accents oozes subtle luxury.

Powering the GT is a direct-injected, turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6 making 390 hp and 294 lb-ft to turn the rear wheels; power is sent aft through an eight-speed automatic transmission. No word how much of the GT will make it to showroom floors, but our hope is that it makes it relatively untouched. A stunning Kia? Yes, please.

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