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Surprise! Sporty Kia Forte GT Sedan Debuts At SEMA

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Kia is also likely to make a hot hatch version to replace the Forte5 SX.

Following the success of the Stinger GT, a new sporty GT version of the Kia Forte sedan has made its surprise debut at today's SEMA show in Las Vegas. According to Kia, the 2020 Forte GT will be offered in GT1 and GT2 packages when it goes on sale next summer. Under the hood of the sporty sedan is a turbocharged engine that produces 201 hp - that's 37 more horses than the range-topping version of the regular Forte. Other sporty enhancements include fully independent front and rear suspension and a sport-tuned exhaust.

Also setting the hot sedan apart from the standard Forte are GT-exclusive two-tone alloy wheels wrapped in 18-inch high-performance Michelin Sport summer tires, LED headlights, projector fog lights, a GT-exclusive black sport grille with red highlights, gloss black power mirrors, sport side sills and a rear spoiler.

Purists will also be pleased to know the Kia Forte GT is available with a six-speed manual transmission, or you can opt for a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Inside, the spiced-up sedan gains alloy sport pedals and a leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters.

Optional extras include "Sofino" GT sport seats contrasting piping and performance side bolsters, a power sunroof with LED interior overhead lighting, and LED ambient interior lighting with illuminated GT dash inlay. Kia has also previously hinted that a hot hatch version of the new Forte could be on the cards to replace the Forte5 SX.

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Alongside the Forte GT, Kia is also showcasing several new custom cars at the aftermarket tuning event. The automaker has teamed up with DUB to add some menacing modifications to the Stinger GT and K900. Distinguishing the modified Stinger GT is a wide body kit wrapped in Avery Brushed Steel with carbon fiber accents, 22-inch forged wheels in Nitto tires, and a striking red and black leather interior, while a custom exhaust and air intake gives the Stinger a more muscular appearance. It also features a custom audio system, LED lighting, and air ride suspension.

The widebody K900, on the other hand, is finished in electric blue, and features gloss black accents and a blue and black leather and suede upholstery, DUBiR tinted windows, and remote-controlled LED headliner and lighting. It also rides on air suspension and 24-inch forged wheels wrapped in Nitto tires and features a custom multimedia audio system and remote-controlled LED lighting inside.

Also on display is a custom Kia Forte Drift Car developed in partnership with Red Bull. Under the hood, Kia has stuffed the Stinger GT's twin-turbo V6 into the Forte, creating a 375-horsepower rear-wheel drive beast with a custom intake manifold, six-speed sequential transmission, quick change rear differential and a hybrid drift/grip suspension. The one-off drift car also features a hydraulic rear hand brake, custom wide body aerodynamics and a roll cage.

Last but not least, the 2019 Kia Forte Federation is outfitted with parts from leading aftermarket suppliers, including aerodynamic components by Air Design such as a rear deck spoiler, rear diffuser, side skirts, front lip spoiler and front air curtains. There's also a cold air intake by K&N and an axle-back performance exhaust by Borl, along with progressive-rate sport springs by Eibach, 19-inch "Mosport" wheels by TSW and high-performance tires by Falken that enhance the handling. All parts and accessories will be available to buy from the respective suppliers.