AutoExpress recently took the time to sit down with Kia design guru Peter Schreyer for a chat about the company's GT Concept that debuted at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show. Schreyer is understandably keen to bring the front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sedan to market, though he isn't necessarily wedded to the 400-horsepower turbocharged V6 under the concept's hood. Schreyer said that any number of drivetrain options could conceivably work, including hybrid and smaller displacement powertrains. The designer believes that Kia could still produce an executive sedan with the performance that buyers want while still maintaining excellent fuel economy.

That would certainly help make a more solid business case for the range-topping model. Schreyer also made it clear that while the GT would likely be successful in the U.S. and Chinese markets, the design lends itself to global sales. This all sounds good to us, but it's worth noting that the ultimate fate of any production model based on the GT Concept rests in the hands of the decision makers at Kia.

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      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd like to see this turn into a BMW 3 series competitor with the 274 hp 2.0 turbo as the base and the 333 hp 3.8 V6 in the middle, maybe a turbo 3.8 with 450 hp as an M3 competitor.
      Tippy Dobbs
      • 3 Years Ago
      400hp V6 turbo? Sounds good to me.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hope they make it into an more upscale gensis coupe but with V8 and better styling.
      Mike K
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should use the V8 that's in the Genesis R Spec. That would be sick
      • 3 Years Ago
      400HP V6 hybrid please!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Keep that junk in South Korea...we dont want it here.
      • 3 Years Ago
      really liked this design…build it KIA!
      • 3 Years Ago
      nice citroen copy....again another copy or mash up
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cheap RWD sports cars. Toyota. Subaru. Hyundai. Kia. I don't care who makes them, just get them on the market. Nissan, get a Silvia replacement in the works. I would take a proper RWD sports car from Korea over a Japanese FWD any day of the week. We need affordable performance for a new generation.
        Mel @ aWingThing.COm
        • 3 Years Ago
        Bingo. I want this car. While I appreciate the Genesis, it's a little understated for my tastes. THIS though. I've loved the look and idea of this car since the first pics were released.
      Jon Norman
      • 3 Years Ago
      MY SRT8 came with 425HP but after my mods, I've dynoed it at 680 RWHP with relatively low boost so I don't destroy my tranny. This is a very ambitious car for Kia, but, price will be the biggest selling point. It has to cost less than $45,000 loaded. Otherwise, you could just buy a Charger.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would totally hit it, just rework that front end a little.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Look To 2012 NAIAS Detroit Kia Coupe Concept...". It could be the Frankfurt GT as actual 2 door 2+2 GT coupe OR it could be Kia's Audi A5/Beemer M3 Coupe OR... it SHOULD be a V8 Asian MUSCLE Car Coupe! Heck it's @ best a concept car @ this stage... PLS DO IT, Kia. Make ANYthing like a V8 rwd Korean Muscle Coupe and I'm standing on YOUR dealer lot kickin' tires! OR better yet make an Asian Maserati Gran Turismo "for THOUSANDS less!", or could that be "Hyundai's Halo Supercar?", hey it's YOUR call. Just keep making coolER vehicles!
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