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Old March 22nd, 2008, 01:09 AM   #1
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Kia KOUP Concept - 290HP

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Kia unveiled its new KOUP concept car this morning at the New York International Auto Show following last night's spotting by ace spy photographer Brenda Priddy. The KOUP's production status hasn't been confirmed, but the concept was clearly a thinly veiled production-ready car.

The KOUP - along with the freshly revised 2009 Optima sedan - signals a new design direction for Kia that's expected to carry over into the rest of the line's models. A simple, low grill, angular headlamps and integrated fog lamps are part of the new design language which "leaps into the future and doesn't look back," according to Kia designer Tom Kearns.

Kearns said that Kia intends to "create vehicles that are truly adventurous" and that the KOUP allowed "the young design team to stretch themselves."

Kia aims the KOUP at driving enthusiasts, so it's no surprise that underhood is a twin screw turbocharged version of the 2.0 liter Theta II four cylinder. With new direct injection, the motor puts out an impressive 289 lb-ft. of torque and 290 horsepower. Kia wouldn't confirm production plans for the motor, but if Hyundai's turbocharged Genesis coupe is any indication, the Korean company is serious about turbochargers.

The show car's interior looked almost production-ready, a rare thing for concept cars from Kia, which usually look more like design exercises. Triple gauges, Bluetooth and a navigation system are all likely to show up on production Kias. Two-tone seats and carbon fiber detailing give the KOUP a sporty appearance.

It's hard to know what Kia's plans are for production, but the KOUP looks a lot closer to reality than the recently unveiled Kee. Kearns confirmed that the KOUP is a "production-ready design that could find its way to production."

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Old March 22nd, 2008, 01:10 AM   #2
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I think this car looks pretty good. Pretty dang good hp and torque numbers too.


Hyundai and Kia are stepping up their game big time. Wish I could say the same for Honda/Acura.
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Old March 22nd, 2008, 01:55 AM   #3
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290bhp + light car =
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Old March 22nd, 2008, 02:15 AM   #4
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looks like a civic.
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Old March 22nd, 2008, 03:32 AM   #5
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Yeah, but a civic with 290HP, too bad honda is screwing up on the CR-Z.
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Old March 27th, 2008, 02:03 PM   #6
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nice....but it would be awesome if we slap a honda logo on it and ask for 15k extra...haha
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Old March 27th, 2008, 02:33 PM   #7
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reminds of a a rsx or a tsx coupe
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Old March 27th, 2008, 03:47 PM   #8
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but its a KIA!
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Old March 27th, 2008, 03:56 PM   #9
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civic front end with a evo 10 rear end.
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Old March 27th, 2008, 08:43 PM   #10
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i wonder how close the production model will resemble this...
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looks like the civic from the front and the new lancer from the back. every kia I've ever dealt with is garbage, I wonder if they could make a turn around.
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i agree...looks like a civic/tsx/evo hybrid. steering wheel looks familiar too...but i can't remember where i've seen it.
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Old March 28th, 2008, 10:16 AM   #13
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i wonder how close the production model will resemble this...
Remotely maybe. No carbon fiber, no rear diffuser, and lights will retain some of the same shape I'm sure but still look way different. The motor will probably not be pushing 290 either.
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Looks like a G35 mated with a civic.
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kia's make me sick!
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hopfully korea will come up . i know they are not good as JAPAN but hey i think they are starting to make new cars and make mistake now and fix the problem than later. so they can master making turbo cars? i dont know... i give them probs for AT LEAST trying and making decent cars.
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wtf 289 tq in a light car????
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The front reminds me of the new EVOs.
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it looks goofy nothing will be like the normal one they are doing what porsche is, taking one car and trying to make it everything in their lineup 911 turned vert, suv, 4 door
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