• Mar 17, 2010
Kia Forte Koup with "R" package – Click above for high-res image gallery

In our initial review of the Kia Forte Koup, we were very impressed with the car's overall style and levels of standard equipment, but we wished that the car were a bit more potent on the street. One remedy for that is the "R" package of dealer-installed accessories that Canadian customers can now spec on either the SX or EX model.

Sadly, the R treatment doesn't aim to churn out any more power from the Forte Koup's four-cylinder mill, but it does add things like a performance exhaust, AIM drop-in performance air filter, stiffer springs and a strut tower brace. This healthy bit of tuning should help to make the Forte a bit more involving on twisty roads and the added appearance kit (front skirts, side sills and rear spoiler) and the obligatory badge package gives it a much more aggressive look. Those 18-inch Europa wheels wrapped in Yokohama S-Drive rubber are pretty spiffy, too.

Canadian Forte Koup buyers should be able to add the R package to their cars starting in mid-May, and the optional bits will be available a la carte from any Kia dealership in the country, so kurrent current Kia Koup owners who want to upgrade will be covered, too. Will all or part of the package make it to the States? We hope so. However, no confirmation could be given from Kia's American or Canadian public relations department at this time. A tip of the hat to Chuck!



[Source: Kia]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      More weight, no extra power.

      Brilliant!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks good, but how much will it cost for the kit and wheels?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I suppose it's appropriate as Kia gets this car into racing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks great, just wish they'd inject a little soul into the thing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Kia is considering a Turbo Koup - so we just may see some of that soul you're looking for. In the meantime, many aftermarket vendors are working on performance parts for both the Koup and Sedan. So things are looking up...

        Sal Collaziano
        http://www.kiaforteforum.com
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Titosor

        I prefer my cars to be injected with vim and vigor. But above all, it must have moxie.

        Oh, and pep too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Damn Sal, how many forums do you have?
        I know, Kia goes along with Hyundai, right?
      • 4 Years Ago
      does the R stand for rice?

      i exaggerate of course - but isn't that the essence of "rice" culture in general. to install a bunch of extra crap that does nothing and only serves to make it "look" fast?

        • 4 Years Ago
        True in the acceleration dept., but stiffer, lower springs, chassis stiffeners (i.e. strut tower brace), and some high-quality rubber go a long way towards making a car fun to drive. Add in shocks and a good alignment job, and this car could be good fun.

        Of course, I don't know *how much* stiffer these springs are, but at least they aren't the cut OEM springs on OEM shocks that real "rice" jobs have!
      • 4 Years Ago
      "but it does add things like a performance exhaust, AIM drop-in performance air filter"

      Haha AIM filter... Whats next, a Google talk exhaust??
      • 4 Years Ago
      Would like to see an aftermarket turbo =]

      If that thing only had 250 whp 250whtq it would be hard to beat contender.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A turbo Kia Koup is confirmed to be in the making.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks pretty good. Reminds me of coupes from the 1990s--good times, as enthusiasts on a budget had their choice of any number of sporty coupes.

      I'd like to see those days return, esp. the 2,500 lb curb weights. Then FWD coupes wouldn't need 250+ hp to be quick, which really just spoils FWD dynamics completely.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Terrible wheels.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the civic that shouldve been.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Kanadian kustomers only? Darn it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You might find it funny to replace the C in Canadians with "K", but we don't.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks great. However did they ever fix the bad throttle tip in problem with these cars? Where its difficult to get a manual transmission car off the line smoothly, therefore annoying to drive?
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