Hyundai and Kia may have separate product lineups, but the two Korean automakers are owned by the same company. But while the two companies have shared platforms and engines on most occasions, for some reason, Hyundai received a rear-drive platform and the impressive Tau V8 engines for its Genesis range while Kia was left out of the fun.

That could change with the introduction of the K9 sedan, which has been rumored to arrive in 2012, but does Kia have more plans for rear-wheel-drive and maybe even a V8 engine? The UK's What Car? is reporting that Kia is looking to get quite a bit sportier in the future, suggesting that the automaker will release a pair of rear-drive coupe concepts to gauge interest. The first eight-pot coupe will reportedly show up for duty at the Frankfurt Motor Show, followed by a second concept car at the Detroit Auto Show in January. If public opinion of the rumored concepts is strong, What Car? claims a production model could ensue for 2015.

What Car? also renews speculation that Kia is eying a competitor to the Mazda MX-5 Miata. The would-be roadster would be small and light, but importantly, it may not be rear-drive. Word is that the drop-top could utilize the platform of the next generation Cee'd. While we're all for another compact roadster, we'd add that in order to truly compete with the Mazda, rear-drive should definitely be part of the equation. Those with really long memories will recall that Kia has already experimented with small front-drive roadsters designed to take on the Miata – it briefly retained the rights to build its own version of the second-generation Lotus Elan (M100) back in the late 1990s.


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      TruthHertz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear tards, this concept was released in 2007. The actual concepts mentioned are due at auto shows in the near future. That means they have not been revealed. READING COMPREHENSION
      Patricia,,,,,
      • 3 Years Ago
      cool looking but ugly colour...I have a KIA I like my Sorento.. I'd buy another one...
      Larry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let me know the price I may want one of these
      jbjg24m
      • 3 Years Ago
      i like it , looks real sporty.
        speweth
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jbjg24m
        great, hope you can afford the gas a V8 sucks up
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      A RWD sports coupe is great, but I see no reason at all that it needs to have a V8. It will be very interesting to see how they transition the great-looking Kia Optima's design language onto a coupe body. It could be one hell of a nice looking car.
      dickn2000b
      • 3 Years Ago
      "New KIA Looks Like Alien Craft." Who wrote that asinine headline? The car doesn't even look as alien as a DeLorean.
      Jim/Kathy/Jess/E
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love V8 coupes ! I say bring it.
      Synthono
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope it's not actually named K-9. That's a dog-based pun.
      Hi Catmom!
      • 3 Years Ago
      now if it was spitfire orange or black it would look even cooler!!
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Greg
        • 3 Years Ago
        Developing this car, big success or not, will help them get more use out of a platform that has already been developed. Same thing going for dropping the Tau V8 in here, gives a little differentiation so no one can call the genesis coupe and this car the same thing. I have no objections to another RWD V8 coupe, more the merrier in my opinion.
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's not like Kia can downsize. They're very well represented in the small and medium sized market, even shoving themselves into niches like the funky box category, and this planned roadster sounds compact. They've done almost everything they can in that niche.
      popa benjamin
      • 3 Years Ago
      All these folks with the perfect make of automobile while everyone else has junk. Tis a comedy of comments when it comes to car opinions. Cars are usually only as good as the regular maintanence they receive. Keep em up and any of them will serve you well.
      SpeedDemon93
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks futuristic , i love it
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