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Kia Forte Hybrid Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Kia Forte Hybrid is neat enough – green on the outside, green and leafy on the inside. Riding cast alloy wheels wrapped in low-rolling resistance tires, the hybrid system mixes it up with a 1.6-liter LPG engine tied to lithium polymer batteries. Saving the world is counteracted with killing your ears, though – this eco-friendly concept has a 1,200-watt Infinity 2 audio system on board.

The Kia Forte Koup Type R Concept, on the other hand, is unbridled awesome. Built to commemorate Kia's first year in the Grand Am racing series, it's a hotness-added version of the Forte Koup put together by Kinetic Motorsports. Blistered and vented panels are adorned with 18-inch BBS wheels and some diffuser action in back, plus a green-mesh and carbon accented interior kicked up a notch by a short throw shift kit. Best yet, Kia says that this has "an eye on future production vehicle applications." Yes, please! It's something like what the second-generation Scion tC should have been, and you'll find more on it in the presser after the jump and the gallery of high-res photos below.


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Photos copyright ©2010 Jonathon Ramsey / AOL
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Forte Koup Type R Concept

Inspired by the excitement and competition Kia experienced in its inaugural season of racing in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, and with an eye on future production vehicle applications, the Kia Forte Koup Type R Concept confidently showcases the performance possibilities Kia's first two-door coupe provides. Developed by Kinetic Motorsports, who built and campaigns Kia's Forte Koup race cars, the Type R features dramatically enhanced exterior panels that exaggerate the existing body lines, including the front fenders, rocker panels and rear quarter panels. The Forte Koup Type R rolls on BBS RG 18-inch forged aluminum alloy wheels and racing-inspired tires and suspension components. Inside, the Forte Koup Type R's modified interior offers ergonomic improvements for the driver, while custom seat/door treatments and safety restraints reflect its sporty nature. A short throw shift kit with Kinetic gear shift knob and carbon inlay complements the dampened composite fiber disc clutch to enhance the driving experience.

Kia Forte Hybrid Concept

Proving that a compact hybrid sedan can be anything but boring, the Kia Forte Hybrid Concept demonstrates styling options for those looking for an alternative to a mundane hybrid ride. Created by Kinetic Motorsports, the Hybrid Concept combines a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine fueled by liquefied petroleum gas (propane) and lithium polymer battery with accentuated design characteristics, including body panel enhancements and a lowered stance, to create a one-of-a-kind personality for the environmentally-friendly sedan. The Kia Forte Hybrid Concept is accentuated by cast aluminum alloy wheels and low-rolling resistance tires for improved fuel economy and reduced road noise. On the inside, interior panel treatments feature custom enhancements, while a 1200 watt Infinity®2 audio system will entertain passengers.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      A turbo engine and AWD for that Koup.

      Do it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe they can borrow the new 2.0T from their friends at Hyundai....
        • 4 Years Ago
        You beat me to that point.

        Agreed. It needs the 275hp turbo engine from the Optima/Sonata...

        Paired with the new 6MT transaxle with AWD from the new Sportage.

        THAT in a coupe body might actually steal some buyers from Subaru and Mitsubishi, who nonsensically refuse to build such coupes, despite their capability to do so.

        It would also give Mazdaspeed 3 a run for it's money, with the AWD availability, especially if they build it as an option for all three Forte body-styles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      those headlights need projector loving.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Koup Type R, eh? Well, if they end up making this and don't change the name, maybe the USA will finally get its Type R! Wrong company, but maybe it's close enough. =P Hopefully they'd up the power or something.

      And I'm sure it's more ergonomic (or something) but that shift knob looks FUNKY.
      • 4 Years Ago
      damn this broken comment system, hey AB it's almost 2011.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You sure it's not 1991? ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey Autoblog, correction in the headline,

      Kia Forte Hybrid Concept is Green,
      not Kia Forte Koup Hybrid is Green

      One Koup, One Sedan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hybrid Concept is green, Green color is looking so sexy .. I hope that this concept symbol to global warming and make a atmosphere green... it's nice think by the hybrid.. I agree this concept..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone noticing the trend this year toward more "realistically" size wheels? The Koup is riding on 18s (I realize these are still big for the size of the car), but I feel like in years past SEMA was just loaded to the gills with 19s and 20s on cars of this size. All of those slick Mazdas have smaller wheels too. Interesting.
        • 4 Years Ago
        About the realistic wheels comment:

        YES! Unsprung weight for the loss.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Give it the 2.0T from the Sonata and call it a day. AWD would be cool, but the Koup's already edging up near 3000 pounds. I'd rather they keep the weight down and just sell a torque-steering pocket rocket.
      • 4 Years Ago
      those headlights need projectors in them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just more proof that Honda and Toyota/Scion have lost their way. I think the Kia Forte is a stunning mid-market entry sedan/koupe/5-door and I hope they add a R sport trim like this to the Koupe packaging.
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