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Kia Steps into Performance Territory with Cee’d GT

Kia reveals details and photos of its first performance-oriented vehicle ever in advance of its debut at the Geneva show tomorrow.

The new Volkswagen Golf GTI (and its diesel GTD counterpart) won’t be the only hot hatch making its debut at the Geneva show this year. The new Audi S3 Sportback and Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG will also be making their auto-show debuts there, as will Kia’s new Cee’d GT and Pro_cee’d GT. Initially revealed back in January, the GT version of the Kia hatchbacks have now been detailed in full, revealing the Korean automaker’s assault on the European hot-hatch market.

To be available in both five-door Cee'd and three-door Pro_cee'd body-styles, the GT model gets a 1.6-liter turbo four with 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque - about 50% more than the top engine in the existing model - mated to a six-speed manual for a 7.7-second 0-62 time and strong in-gear acceleration times, too. There’s also an upgrades suspension, full body kit, daytime running LEDs, dual exhaust pipes, 18-inch alloys hiding red brake calipers and an interior upgraded with Recaro buckets, alloy pedals and more. There’ll also be a limited run of 1st Editions of the Pro_cee’d available with some extra kit for the first 500 buyers.

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