The all-new high-performance Kia pro_cee'd GT and cee'd GT make their global debuts at the Geneva Motor Show today.
They are the brand's most performance-focused production cars to-date.
The two models are powered by a new version of Kia's 1.6-litre GDi (Gasoline Direct Injection) engine equipped with a twin-scroll turbocharger and strengthened internal components.
Power and torque outputs are increased (compared with the non-turbo engine), with maximum power up 51 per cent to 204 ps (201bhp), and torque up 61 per cent to 265 Nm. T
he Kia pro_cee'd GT and cee'd GT each deliver fuel consumption of 38.2mpg and emit 171g/km CO2.
Fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, the front-wheel drive models can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in 7.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 143 mph.
"The world premiere of Kia's new pro_cee'd GT and cee'd GT highlights the diversity of our current product line-up and underpins the natural expansion of the brand into the performance car market, an important step forward for Kia," said Michael Cole, chief operating officer, Kia Motors Europe.
"The new Kia pro_cee'd GT will have great appeal for motorists looking for style, performance and dynamism in their next car - and the cee'd GT adds an extra level of practicality for buyers who prefer five doors."
Designed in Europe under the direction of president and chief design officer Peter Schreyer, the Kia pro_cee'd GT and cee'd GT feature new front grilles and lamp clusters, deeper bumpers, jewel-like four-point LED daytime running lights, new fog lights, dual-exhaust pipes, larger 18-inch alloy wheels, eye-catching red brake calipers and a range of special paint finishes.
Inside, the GT models are equipped with Recaro sports seats, alloy pedals, bespoke surface materials and a seven-inch racing car-inspired TFT instrument cluster.
Kia pro_cee'd GT 1st Edition
Kia is celebrating the arrival of its first high-performance model with a limited edition variant that features a host of interior and exterior styling enhancements. With a production run of just 500 units across Europe, the ‘Kia pro_cee'd GT 1st Edition' is based closely on the all-new Kia pro_cee'd GT.
This limited-run model, of which only a handful are to be allocated to the UK, features a high level of standard specification over and above the mechanically identical, pro_cee'd GT.
Items such as adaptive Xenon headlights, automatic air conditioning, satellite navigation and a large sunroof will be amongst the items on the spec list. Unique GT 1st Edition features will include black high-gloss 18-inch wheels and door mirror housings, stainless steel scuff plates with red illuminated GT badging and unique numbering, red cabin-footwell lighting and premium-quality velour floor mats with red double stitching.
Production of the Kia pro_cee'd GT and cee'd GT, is scheduled to start in May 2013, with cars going on sale across Europe from mid-year.
Prices and specifications will be confirmed closer to the on sale date.