High performance Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT models set for mid-2013 launch
(SEOUL) December 4, 2012 – Kia’s first high performance models, the three-door Kia pro_cee’d GT and the five-door Kia cee’d GT, will go on sale in mid-2013.
The two new GT models will be 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 dramatically increased. Maximum power is 204 ps, up 51% over the non-turbo engine, with torque up 61% to 265 Nm.
Fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox, the new models’ performance targets include 0 to 100 kph acceleration in just 7.9 seconds.
Significant developments to the chassis and suspension systems will ensure that the performance credentials of these more powerful models are matched by exceptional dynamic characteristics.
To stand out from their sister cars, Kia’s pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT models will incorporate unique features that highlight the more emotionally-charged driving experience that they offer.
New grilles and lamp clusters, deeper bumpers, unique 18-inch alloy wheels, red brake calipers and special paint finishes will result in a striking, more purposeful exterior. The look of the GT models is also distinguished by pairs of jewelry-like, four-point LED daytime running lights, which give added character and presence, as
well as aiding safety. For the interior, the addition of Recaro sports seats, alloy pedals and bespoke surface materials will create an engaging, performance-oriented ambience for the driver and passengers.
Production of the Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT is scheduled to begin at Kia’s manufacturing facility in Zilina in mid-May 2013, with cars going on sale across Europe from mid-year. Prices and specifications will be confirmed closer to the on sale date.
Below are preliminary, estimated specifications. Final specifications will be confirmed closer to launch.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS / EUROPE:
Body and chassis
Three- and five-door, five-seater hatchbacks, with all-steel unitary construction bodyshell. Transversely mounted turbocharged gasoline engine driving the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.
1.6-litre 204 ps
Type / capacity Gamma, Turbo-GDI, four-cylinder, DOHC CVVT 16-valve / 1591 cc
Power / torque 204 ps (152 kW) @ 6000 rpm / 265 Nm @ 1750-4500 rpm
Bore x stroke (mm) 77.0 x 85.4
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Standard 6-sp manual
Suspension and damping
Front Fully independent subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, with stiffer coil springs, gas-filled shock absorbers, thicker anti-roll stabilizer bar.
Rear Fully independent subframe-mounted multi-links, stiffer coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers.
Type Motor-driven electric power steering,
Wheel turns 2.85 turns lock-to-lock; turning circle of 10.6 metres
Front 300 x 28 mm ventilated discs
Rear 262 x 10 mm solid discs
Booster size 10-inch
Wheels and tires
GT 18.0 x 7.5 inch alloy 225 / 40 R18
Spare Temporary mobility kit
Exterior Kia pro_cee’d GT Kia cee’d GT
Overall length 4310 4310
Overall width 1780 (excl. door mirrors) 1780 (excl. door mirrors)
Overall height 1430 1470
Wheelbase 2650 2650
Front track 1545 1545
Rear track 1553 1553
Front overhang 900 900
Rear overhang 760 760
Ground clearance 140 140
Aerodynamic Cd 0.33 0.32
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