Thursday, November 4, 2010

SEMA 2010, KIA Forte Koup Type R.

It seems that the Koreans also like this name, recently used for the concept presented at SEMA 2010, KIA Forte Koup Type R.

For now, KIA Forte is doing well on the North American market, so it couldn’t have missed the biggest tunning auto show in USA, SEMA 2010, where the Koreans came with the KIA Forte Koup Type R Concept.

KIA Forte Koup Type R Concept was developed in a collaboration with their racing partner, Kinetic Motorsports, which handles the KIA Forte Koup models, competing in GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

The interior of the KIA Forte Koup Type R Concept benefits from the racing treatment, with sports seats, carbon insertions and new pedals and gear shifter.
We are talking about the Kia Koup Type R Concept.

This is a project inspired by Kia’s racing vehicles that take part in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, also being offered as a study that demonstrates Kia vehicles’ tuning potential.

“Developed by Kinetic Motorsports, who built and campaigns Kia's Forte Koup race cars, the Type R features dramatically enhanced exterior panels that exaggerate the existing body lines, including the front fenders, rocker panels and rear quarter panels,” stated the press release.

The vehicle rides on BBS RG 18-inch forged aluminum alloy rims, using motorsport-inspired tires, as well as a racing suspension.

Kia Motors America (KMA) said it rolled out its attention-grabbing lineup of concept and production-intent vehicles at the 2010 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas to further showcase the company’s eye-catching new generation of vehicles.

“A combination of value, safety and technology with plentiful standard equipment, the 2011 Soul White Tiger takes design cues from this year’s Asian Lunar year animal – the Tiger – and dramatically combines an all-white exterior with one-of-a-kind tiger-themed graphics and a contrasting jet black leather interior.

“Soul White Tiger Concept builds off of the Soul+ (plus) model with fog lamps, body coloured bumpers, sport spoiler, black fender vents, rear bumper cat claw appliqué, alloy fuel door and features white-finish 18-inch alloy wheels to complete its expressive look. On the inside, the Soul White Tiger will captivate its passengers with its push-button start, black leather seating surfaces and heated front seats. “A true game-changer for the Kia brand, the Soul was the first vehicle launched under KMA’s ongoing design-led transformation and kicked off the most aggressive new vehicle launch cycle in the automotive industry, which continues through 2011.

Kia’s model year 2011 vehicle line includes the Sorento CUV, Sportage compact CUV, Optima midsize sedan, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Forte compact sedan, Forte 5-door compact hatchback, Forte Koup two-door coupe, Rio sub-compact sedan, Rio5 sub-compact hatchback and Sedona minivan,” he said.

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