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Kia GT May Not Receive Turbo V6

The Kia GT Concept that impressed the crowds at Frankfurt will soon be making its way to production.

AutoExpress recently had the opportunity to get an even closer inside look of the Kia GT Coupe that stunned audiences last month at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Representing a major step forward for the South Korean auomaker, the GT Coupe Concept is powered by a 3.3-liter turbo V6 with nearly 400hp. But now in an interview with the UK publication, Kia design chief Peter Schreyer stated that the concept's design is "done in the right way...but with a smaller engine or hybrid technology, it would work...and still be fast, but return good fuel economy, too."

Described as Kia's "halo car", the GT is aimed to go up against the likes of the BMW 3-Series and Audi A5. Schreyer is also convinced that the car is exactly what Kia needs in order to further establish itself against some of the major German brands. While many don't think of Kia as a formidable competitor to the Germans, its sister company Hyundai has clearly given Japanese automakers a run for their money lately. If Kia can manage to maintain their build quality along with evolving their current design language, then they've accomplished a major first step.

The most difficult task, however, will be in the engineering department, something the Germans clearly know quite well. Regardless, it'll be extremely interesting to see what the Kia GT will look like in production form. No exact launch date has been announced, but we're guessing that it'll be ready for the market within a couple of years.

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