Kia's Europe-bound Pro_Cee'd GT will be packing a 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol engine putting out 152kW and 265Nm, the carmaker has confirmed.
Sharing its heart with Hyundai's Veloster SR Turbo, the GT's power boost is a 51 percent increase over the regular model, with torque up 61 percent.
Matched with a six-speed manual transmission, Kia expects the Pro_Cee'd GT to hit 100km/h in a worthy 7.9 seconds.
The GT will be offered in both three- and five-door bodystyles, and the six-speed manual will be the only transmission on offer.
Suspension will be MacPherson struts up front and a multi-link setup at the rear, with handling enhanced through stiffer springs, sports shocks and a thicker anti-roll bar.
Power steering will be electrically-assisted, and brakes will feature 300x28mm ventilated discs up front and 262x10mm solid discs at the rear. Wheels will be 18x7.5 inch all-round.
An Australian debut for the hotted-up Cee'd remains unclear, although Kia Australia has hinted that if circumstances permit (read: a solid business case can be made and production capacity allows), we could yet see it on local roads.
One hot Kia we can likely look forward to however is a turbocharged version of the next-generation Cerato Koup; essentially identical to the Cee'd beneath the skin. And that will be interesting.
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