Kia Forte GT debuted at SEMAOctober 31, 2018
The sports version of the GT is distinguished by a 1.6-liter gasoline turbo engine with a capacity of 204 hp and independent rear suspension.
Automakers usually do not use the SEMA tuning show (held every year in Las Vegas) as a platform for the debut of their production models – except for some outlandish and limited ones, like the Ford Mustang RTR drift coupe, but Kia decided to bring quite an ordinary GT version of the Forte sedan is here, in the realm of powerful engines and eccentric styling.
In essence, the American Kia Forte GT is no different from the Kia K3 GT for the Korean market, which was introduced in early October: black glossy overlays on bumpers and sills, black glossy hats for exterior rear-view mirrors, red check marks in a false grille grid, spoiler a rag on the trunk lid, the original two-tone 18-inch wheels, two chrome exhaust pipes.
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In the cabin there is a “rudder” under the steering wheel, aluminum lining on the pedals, red stitching of leather upholstery, front seats with improved lateral support. Under the hood – a 1.6-liter gasoline turbo engine with direct fuel injection (204 hp, 264 Nm), paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-step “robot” with two clutches. And the main “trick” of the GT version is the independent rear suspension instead of the semi-dependent torsion beam of other Forte versions. It is this feature should make the behavior of the car more lively in the corners and justify its membership in sports cars, even if it is an entry level.
So that the Forte GT did not look too pale at SEMA, Kia rolled out a single-piece built in support of the Forte Drift Car sedan from Race Service to support him. Drift on the front drive? Of course not! Under the body of the Forte drove the rear-wheel drive platform liftback Kia Stinger, together with a 380-horsepower gasoline biturbo six and 6-speed manual gearbox. For drifter help – hydraulic handbrake and specially configured suspension.