Kia has always been associated with sensible cars with a hint of sportiness. The latter trait comes from a few exterior tweaks that somehow seem to give it a bit of excitement. Now, the Korean carmaker is turning things up a notch as it offers a couple of GT cars for the auto enthusiasts out there.
First up is the eagerly-awaited Kia Stinger GT. The swoopy sport sedan features a host of aerodynamic bits that complement the coupe-like roofline, making it look fast even while standing still. The looks back up the real treat—the 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 motor that pumps out 370hp and 510Nm of torque, sending power to the rear wheels via 8-speed AT. This allows the Stinger to hit 100ph from rest in just 4.9 ticks.
Kia’s top sport sedan, however, is not just about going fast. It has a plethora of modern conveniences and safety kit to help one stay comfortable and safe. You’ve got an 8-inch touchscreen along with leather seats and all-power adjustability in the cabin. The driver, meanwhile, can drive with confidence knowing they’ve got a host of driver aids backing them up, including blind spot warning, adaptive cruise control and a slew of airbags.
The Kia Stinger GT comes priced at P3,235,000.
But wait, there’s more. Yes, Kia is also putting forward the Forte GT. What makes the latest generation Forte special is what’s under the hood. There’s a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-pot putting out 200hp and 264Nm of torque. This sends power to the drive wheels via 7-speed dual clutch gearbox. That’s practically sitting at the top of the compact sedan numbers food chain.
The sporty performance is backed up by revised front and rear bumpers with red accents, and a dual exhaust system. Inside, more red highlights liven things up a bit. And of course, there is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto navigated by a touchscreen infotainment display screen sitting proudly atop the dash.
The Kia Forte GT sells for P1,650,000.
Get to see the Kia Stinger GT and Forte GT, as well as other cool cars at the Manila International Auto Show, happening this weekend at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
Photos by: Paolo Lesaca