Kia GT concept hints toward future cars

April 23, 2012 12:00 AM

Kia has made a lot of headway in the past few years and built a reputation for making reliable, affordable vehicles. The Korean automaker's four-door GT concept sports car first appeared on the scene in 2011, but it still received plenty of attention at the New York International Auto Show.

Kia describes the vehicle as being sleek and muscular, and with good reason. Its design was based on the GT cars from the 1970s, but a few unique touches set it apart from classic muscle car, both old and new. The GT concept is a four-door model, with coach-style doors that open upward slightly so drivers and their passengers have little trouble getting in and out of the vehicle.

This is also Kia's first foray into rear-wheel drive, and may serve as inspiration for future production models. The car is equipped with a 3.3-liter turbocharged Lambda V6 engine that warrants 395 horsepower and nearly as much torque. There is also an eight-speed automatic transmission.

There is no word whether a production version of this car is being planned, but drivers who want to hold off on buying their next car until they know for sure should be sure to keep their current models running. The best way to do this is by getting regular auto maintenance and addressing car repairs as they crop up.

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