This is a lot of car for under $24,000.
Last year at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, and following the success of the Stinger, Kia surprised us with the debut of a GT version of the Kia Forte sedan. Since then, there's been little more than radio silence from the Korean automaker about the 201-horsepower Forte GT. But now Kia has announced pricing, and it's another pleasant surprise.
The least expensive model comes with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission for $23,215, including the $925 destination charge. Enthusiasts wanting the six-speed manual transmission will pay a $23,815 for the pleasure of rowing their own.
No matter which way you slice it, that's cheaper than its Hyundai relatives with the same engine. The Veloster Turbo R-Spec is the next step up and over the $24,000 mark - albeit by just $40. The Elantra GT N-Line comes in at $24,230, then the Elantra Sport, with no manual option, goes a little higher at $24,730.
The turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine with 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque isn't the only sporty upgrade for the Forte GT. Rather than the standard Forte's rear torsion beam suspension, the GT also features independent multi-link rear suspension.
The GT model also comes aggressive styling accents including a rear spoiler, side skirts, a red-accented grille, and its own 18-inch two-tone wheels wrapped in Michelin Sport rubber. The 2020 Forte GT is expected to arrive in the US next summer and looks to us like it's going to be a budget performance car bargain.
For those that like the look but don't care about the actual performance upgrade, the Forte GT-Line has the same aesthetics but comes with Forte's 147-horsepower naturally aspirated engine and CVT for $21,315. A $2,200 GT2 package brings a power driver's seat, cooled front seats, a sunroof, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring.