We'll admit it: We're totally smitten with the Kia Track'ster Concept that debuted at last week's Chicago Auto Show. And it's not just because we like the idea of a 250-horsepower, all-wheel-drive hot hatch from Korea, it's because this concept shows bits and pieces of what the next-generation Soul could look like, including a possible three-door configuration. Kia, however, has no immediate plans to send the Track'ster into production. In fact, specific elements like the turbocharged engine don't even exist – this is purely a design study, albeit a hot one.

The process of building the Track'ster started a little over nine months ago, and the folks at Motor Trend were able to watch the entire creation process. Ideas and sketches turned into clay models which were later photographed, detailed, and sent over to a company that specializes in building concept cars. As a special treat, we even get to meet the Kia Soul donor vehicle that gave its life for the birth of this concept car.

Follow the jump to watch the short documentary detailing the birth of the hot little Track'ster.



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      jon4than
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kier! lol, annoying Australian accent. xP
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Jaclock LaGlock
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm surprised at the amount of people that support this but hate on the Juke. I think this is tearing a page out of the same book. BTW, I am a Juke fan.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Chris Young
        • 3 Years Ago
        Who are they copying? There has not been a car of this size and price to offer the horsepower or all wheel drive. This is the car the Miata and Mini wishes they could be. I love people like you TY because you wont go out and by this car so you will keep it relatively rare. I own a 2003 Tiburon and I still get compliments on it. It is my track car but I could drive it daily if i wanted. I know it smokes most of the imports on track. Just compare this to a Cobalt its laughable.
      Scott
      • 3 Years Ago
      How to build Track'ster 1) Buy Scion xB 2) Remove rear doors 3) Add body kit 4) ??? 5) Profit!
        Chance Leo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Scott
        you forgot add 90 HP, all wheel drive, a decent interior and *poof* there goes the profit.
          Krishan Mistry
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chance Leo
          To be fair, this particular one doesnt have AWD, 250hp, and an actual interior, either.
        Chris Young
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Scott
        I think you need to read up on vehicle design and manufacturing. This is nothing like a Scion xB. I mean it has doors and wheels but thats about as much you can compare each other too.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Show-stopping"? Really? C'mon.
      Jeff Sands
      • 3 Years Ago
      i remember when this was called the range rover evoque
      rmyoafno666
      • 3 Years Ago
      Autoblog, I think you're getting a little too excited about this econo-box that already follows similar form to the Kia Soul...
      Johnny
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's "show stopping"...? It looks like a redesigned PT Cruiser. Whoopee.
      le7elseven
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not fooled, I see Kia's Track'ster as a SEMA purposed Kia Soul. I'm not seeing anything special about this thing. How could they have spent "9 months and 10,000 man house" on designing a concept that was already available in a Kia showroom? I'm sure it was "show-stopping" when people realized Kia's trickery and left.
        Chris Young
        • 3 Years Ago
        @le7elseven
        If you think this is a warmed over Kia Soul your insane. This is a car thats obviously had a massive amount of engineering done to it. It is a true auto cross monster. Your looking at 125HP per liter which is outstanding. The 2012 Soul has a 164hp engine. This car has nearly 100hp more. I realize people will find ways to dislike Kias simply for being a Kia. They could build a 400HP car and someone would complain that a Vette has 30hp more. Its amazing how domestics get a pass in a lot of areas of design.
      Júlio Molchan
      • 3 Years Ago
      There is no way possible to this car come into production. It would need A LOT of body reinforcement, such as found on the RX-8 and Avantime, since it doesn't have B-pillars. This means, heavyweight chassi and stupid performance at the track. Without thoses braces at the bottom of the car, it would become a water bubble on the corners. And, as well we all now, Kia/Hyundai never did a great chassi, they try to hide Veloster's at all costs... wonder why. It's easy to like/hate on a car based on his numbers/appeal, things change when you really study further... and I'm tired to comment on this website, only american fanboys of next-gen people's car, I'm sorry, but european car-related websites are way better in matter of public. Looking forward to see this car on the track, so my laugh can be even louder.
        Chris Young
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Júlio Molchan
        Wow you are pretty ignorant of Hyundais past designs. I own and race a Hyundai Tiburon and I can insure you it has an incredibly stiff chassis trust me. I even increased the horsepower to over 350whp and I have had no issues with the chassis. My car is almost 10 years old and its holding up just fine. I am pretty sure Kia has figured out how to design a sportscar with no true B-pillar. Honda did it with the S-2000 and Mazda with the Miata. Now this car WHEN its brought to market will destroy the Honda and Mazda in every way on and off track.
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      Show stopping? I don't think so.
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