Kia has its bags packed for Germany, because the automaker is reportedly planning to unveil a new concept car at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. According to Ward's Auto, Kia officials aren't calling it a coupe, but state the car will have "coupe-like" styling. Does that mean the Korean automaker is taking aim at the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class and Audi A7? Judging by the styling direction of its latest vehicles – the Optima, namely – we wouldn't be surprised.

Mum's the word on this Kia concept, but the report suggests that it will have rear-wheel-drive architecture and slot in size between the Hyundai Genesis and Equus. Our best guess? This is further confirmation that the Kia K9 is getting ready to meet the world. The V8-powered, Peter Schreyer-designed four-door is expected to take the auto show stage in Germany, and we'll be there to bring you live photos if and when it does.

Besides word of a new model, Kia also has updates in store for its engines and transmissions. The 2.0-liter direct-injection four-cylinder unit making its way into the 2012 Soul is already being reworked. Engineers are squeezing more power while improving fuel efficiency thanks to a continuously variable valve timing system. Additionally, while automotive kissing cousin Hyundai is set to launch the Veloster with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, Kia insiders say more gears are already on the immediate horizon. A seven-speed DCT isn't far behind the six, with launch estimates pegged at two years time.


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      mygm4dn5
      • 3 Years Ago
      Coupe-like, S-class size, V8, RWD = Kia mimicking Merceds CLS Come one KIa, Is that the best you can do?
        Michał Pingwin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mygm4dn5
        That's a lot better then most brands can do.
        Darius
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mygm4dn5
        What are you expecting a Bentley like interior with BMW M5 performance for $20,000... Where is Lexus with a low slung V8 powered sedan? Acura? Cadillac? Saab? Infiniti?
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      My hope is that if this is the K9, that they will also introduce a RWD sports coupe some time in the future as well just like the Genesis sedan/Genesis coupe.
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just a few years ago it would have been difficult to image $40k Hyundais and Kias as well as $60k Hyundais. Now, not so much. Bring 'em on!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tenspeeder
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      CruzControl
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow! Hyundai/Kia are really the comeback brands of the year. I still giggle at the thought of a rear-drive V8 powered Kia though.
        tipdrip215
        • 3 Years Ago
        @CruzControl
        With the roll this alliance has been on since the middle of the decade, bring on the RWD and V8s.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      EJD1984
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well if Chevrolet will not sell an affordable V8 rwd drive sedan to the public, it looks like Kia will. The ole GM mentality (or lack there of) is alive and kicking.
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd love to see a REAL BMW 3 series competitor from Kia
      Adrian
      • 3 Years Ago
      They need a new brand to handle these premium cars (like the Genesis). Too much variation in the build quality and features between an Accent and a Genesis.
        Darius
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Adrian
        Yet they're both selling better than ever.
      jj72
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good for Kia/Hyundai. Creating and updating models at a furious pace. Keeps everyone else on their toes and moves things forward. They really are the Honda and Toyota of years ago.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jj72
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      A B
      • 3 Years Ago
      As much as a new RWD platform is win, It confuses me how Kia can look at the Genesis and think that it should be the baseline of Kia/Hyundai's RWD lineup. What they should be doing is creating a RWD platform using the 240sx (really S13-S14 Silvia) as a benchmark. Light(ish) RWD with a good engine. They have a variety of small engines that they can turbo for just this purpose, so why can't they do what nobody else has been able to? bring back the great RWD coupes of the 90's
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Duane
      • 3 Years Ago
      too much hate for a company thats taking innovation and brand improvement to a whole new level than their previous generations. Looking at all the positive response and seein the thumbs down sign clearly indicates that fanboys of other brand had nothing to do but feel threatened to what KIA and Hyundai had finally achieved..... bringing competetive, well design and affordable cars to a struggling market. grow up haters!
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