Kia has pulled back the curtain on its sportiest offerings to date at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The Cee'd GT and Pro_cee'd GT benefit from a direct-injection, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine good for 204 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers are up 51 percent and 61 percent over the models' base engine, respectively. A six-speed manual transmission puts power to the front wheels, and Kia says the hatches can spring to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds. Top speed for both sits at 143 miles per hour. Penned by design guru Peter Schreyer, the cars wear tweaked front fascias complete with new grilles, headlamps and fog lamps.

Out back, dual-exit exhaust separate GT models from their common kin, and 18-inch alloy wheels are standard equipment. Indoors, buyers can expect to find a set of Recaro sport buckets and a specially designed TFT instrument cluster. Take a peek at a brief video of the Pro_cee'd GT and the official press release below.


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Kia pro_cee'd GT and cee'd GT make world debuts at Geneva

230 kph top speed for most performance-focused Kia models ever

Turbocharged 1.6-litre engine produces 204 ps and 265 Nm

Designed, developed and manufactured in Europe


Frankfurt, 4 March 2013 – The all-new high-performance Kia pro_cee'd GT and cee'd GT make their global debuts at the 83rd Salon International de l'Automobile in Geneva on Tuesday 5 March. This new duo powers Kia into one of the most high-profile market segments in Europe, and they are the brand's most performance-focused production cars ever.

The two new models are powered by a new version of Kia's 1.6-litre GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine equipped with a twin-scroll turbocharger and strengthened internal components. Power and torque outputs are dramatically increased (compared with the non-turbo engine), with maximum power up 51% to 204 ps, and torque up 61% to 265 Nm. The Kia pro_cee'd GT and cee'd GT each deliver fuel consumption of 7.4l / 100km and emit 171 g/km CO2.

Fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, the front-wheel drive models can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in 7.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 230 kph. They can also accelerate from 60-100 kph in fourth gear in 5.4 seconds, 80-120 kph in fifth gear in 7.3 seconds and 80-120 kph in sixth gear in 8.8 seconds.

"The world premiere of Kia's new pro_cee'd GT and cee'd GT highlights the diversity of our current product line-up and underpins the natural expansion of the brand into the performance car market, an important step forward for Kia," comments Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer, Kia Motors Europe. "The new Kia pro_cee'd GT will have great appeal for motorists looking for style, performance and dynamism in their next car – and the cee'd GT adds an extra level of practicality for buyers who prefer five doors."

Designed in Europe under the direction of President and Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, the Kia pro_cee'd GT and cee'd GT feature new front grilles and lamp clusters, deeper bumpers, jewel-like four-point LED daytime running lights, new fog lights, dual-exhaust pipes, larger 18-inch alloy wheels, eye-catching red brake calipers and a range of special paint finishes.

Inside, the GT models are equipped with Recaro sports seats, alloy pedals, bespoke surface materials and a seven inch racing car-inspired TFT instrument cluster to create an engaging, performance-oriented ambience for the driver and passengers.

Significant developments to the suspension system ensure that the high performance credentials of these more powerful models are matched by exceptional dynamic characteristics, while retaining an outstanding ride quality, ensuring that both GT models are well suited for every day driving.

Production of the Kia pro_cee'd GT and cee'd GT, the newest members of the cee'd family, is scheduled to start at Kia's Zilina plant in Slovakia in mid-May 2013, with cars going on sale across Europe from mid-year. Prices and specifications will be confirmed closer to the on sale date.


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      Dimi
      • 1 Year Ago
      Every time I read this Kia's name my mind reads " Kia Cee apostrophe d" Thanks Mr. Clarkson!
        al4gg10
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dimi
        Ah Top Gear the British version, " A Star in a reasonably priced car" is a fun part of that show as guests usually flog that Kia .... much different than what Jeremy usually gets to flog !
      kaoakok
      • 1 Year Ago
      like a Scirocco
      ALSHER
      • 1 Year Ago
      So, will this GT variant still a " reasonably priced car?" "Let's find out!"
      FuelToTheFire
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nothing Hyundai or Kia makes can ever be called sporty. Hyundais and Kias have build quality and reliability even worse than Chinese cars. I don't even get why they are allowed to be sold here when Chinese cars aren't. Hyundai also lies about their mileage, hp, and performance figures. The Velloster was supposed to have a 0-60 time of around 8 seconds according to the press release, but in reality, the time was closer to 10 seconds. This car will be lucky to get a 9 second 0-60 in real life, and its real power output is more like 150 hp. For a similar price, a Civic Si will kill this, and for just a little bit more, a WRX can be bought. A real hot hatch, with a 4.7 second 0-60 time, an advanced AWD system, and world class handling.
        Awhattup
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Maybe .... The Genesis Coupe? The Genesis 5.0? The Optima SX? Also, if you put Hyundai/Kia reliability below Chinese then you are putting the half of auto industry below So-called-Chinese reliability. Your argument is ignorant and invalid. Easy with your Vtec son.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Peter Schreyer has the midas touch, does not matter if he is at VW, Audi, Kia, whoever. They should open up a educational institution for this man when he retires.
      Carguy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its only a matter of time where the build quality and ultimately the resale values of Hyundai's and Kia's match or exceed the Toyota's and Honda's - as a former Civic owner I dont think you can say Honda is competing the same way they did in the 90's and 00's. The Civic Si has become more homely with each redesign. Anyone who thinks this is farfetched think of how Sony switched places for TV's with Lucky Goldstar aka LG and Samsung.
        bK
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Carguy
        I doubt it, maybe someday in the future. One of the reason why Honda hasn't been competing is probably because they are looking way ahead of automobiles. Alternative fuel, robots, airplanes etc. Im sure they can build a car that "looks" cool and add plenty of horsepower by adding big turbos etc. and make it dirt cheap by cutting corners, but that isn't their motto.
        F'nBrower
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Carguy
        Class action lawsuits have probably added some more time to that equation....
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          F'nBrower
          • 1 Year Ago
          @F'nBrower
          Uhhhhh, no. I meant Hyundai/Kia....
      bubba_roe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Poor Honda, getting beat at their own game.
      domingorobusto
      • 1 Year Ago
      Man I wish they'd sell that here in place of the Forte. That is a damn good looking little hatch. Put the 2.0L GTDi engine into it to make a solid Focus ST/MS3/GTI competitor and I'd VERY seriously consider one. Seriously Kia, that's an awesome little car, bring it over.
        Phontsolo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @domingorobusto
        It's not little. Mid sized hatch. A little hatch is Mazda 2.
          domingorobusto
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Phontsolo
          Ugh. Pedantic pedant is pedantic. Anything C segment or smaller is small in my book. A "mid-sze" hatch is more like a Mondeo hatch.
      Gordon Chen
      • 1 Year Ago
      UGH all these down rates on good comments...the honda trolls are here.
      Scr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bring the Cee\'d GT to the US...SOLD!!
      Soyntgo4it
      • 1 Year Ago
      7.7 pretty damn slow. Even the Veloster is like 6.9. But were is the fender ? Looks like the headlights make most of the fender up. I'm sure that increases the crash test numbers up and not in the good way.
        Caprice Dates
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Soyntgo4it
        I'm pretty sure we can fix that mess with an upgraded aftermarket turbo and boost controller, I can only imagine the anemic turbo this thing comes with.
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        MrMonkaroo
        • 1 Year Ago
        The issue with the 2.0 and the 1.6 turbo is low end torque. I own an Optima SX 2.0T and have driven the Veloster turbo. The torque in the Veloster doesn't really start to come until 4,000 rpm. Hyundai needs to due some more tuning so the torque comes lower in the rpm range...despite that the specs says 195 lbs from 1750 rpm.
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