Details of the GT's engine remain a secret for now, although reports out of Europe suggest a fire-breathing turbocharged V6 engine resides beneath the four-door coupe's expansive bonnet.
Kia isn't saying, but power figures are expected to fall just shy of 300kW and 540Nm of torque.
For now, all that is known for certain is that the GT Concept is built on a rear-wheel-drive platform and, if Kia design boss Peter Schreyer gets his way, it could eventually make it to the showroom floor.
“One of the great things about working on this project was that this is a very real car. It felt good to be working on a car that could roll down the road tomorrow," Schreyer said.
"Yes, it would be a dream to put this into production – it has a logical layout, with four seats, and good luggage space, and it’s also engaging and dynamic and makes a strong statement. It’s exactly the kind of car Kia should be making.”
Watch for the GT's last secrets - exat power and performance figures - to follow its unveiling in Frankfurt overnight.
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