Kez Casey | Aug 3, 2016

With Kia edging closer to previewing a rear-wheel-drive sports sedan in production form, a clearer picture of what to expect has started to emerge from the United States.

Performance credentials of the new sedan will be strong, with a choice of turbocharged engines, with an undisclosed four-cylinder engine starting the range off, and a 280kW+ 3.3 litre V6 expected for the range-topping model.

2015 Kia Novo Concept
2015 Kia Novo Concept

The latest information, uncovered by Car and Driver, reveals that the medium sedan will stop short of a high performance V8 offering with Hyundai-Kia performance head Albert Biermann favouring the advantages of a turbo V6

“We can get almost as much from a six-cylinder engine as we can from an eight-cylinder, of course there are other advantages in terms of weight, packaging and emissions,” Biermann said.

The potential for an even more powerful version exists by extracting more from the twin-turbo V6, however plans for a halo model will hinge on the success of the standard variants.

The rear-wheel-drive platform beneath the GT is set to be shared with Hyundai’s Genesis G70. Although the two cars will share platforms, engines, and transmissions, exterior and interior styling will be unique to each brand.

Genesis New York Concept
Genesis New York Concept

Peter Schreyer, director of Hyundai Group’s design department, poured water on the idea of a two-door coupe in the style of the GT4 Stinger concept, confirming that the production GT will arrive with four doors.

“Two-door coupes are a little bit on the decline. It would be nice to make a new coupe, but if there is no demand, what’s the point?” Schreyer said.

As for a name, although the working title is GT, a different name will be attached to the production car, with Kia apparently reserving the GT badge for performance variants of its other model lines.

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