Kia is ready to take on the current Volkswagen Golf GTI with not only one, but two sporty hatchbacks. The coreeans officially announced their plans of launching GT versions for both Pro_cee’d and Cee’d hatchbacks.
The two new GT models will be powered by a new version of Kia’s 1.6-litre GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) petrol engine equipped with a twin-scroll turbocharger and strengthened internal components. Power and torque are increased to overcome the resources found on brand brother Veloster Turbo.
Maximum power is 204 hp, up 51% over the non-turbo engine, with torque up 61% to 265 Nm (195 lb/ft). Both cars will be fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox, that will help them achieve a 0-100 km/h time of 7.9 seconds. A little to much, if you consider the 6.9 seconds of the current Golf GTI.
Significant developments to the chassis and suspension systems will be made.
The GT variants will feature a more aggressive look thanks to the addition of new grilles and lamp clusters, deeper bumpers, unique 18-inch alloy wheels, red brake calipers, special paint finishes, four-point LED daytime running lights, Recaro sports seats, alloy pedals and bespoke surface materials.
Production for the future Pro_cee’d GT and Cee’d GT variants will start in mid-May 2013, with cars on sale across Europe from mid-year.

Source: Kia