Kia KOUP Concept

This nice red coupe which reminds me a little of the European market Honda Civic hatch was showcased by Kia Motors at the 2008 New York International Auto Show, and it is called the Kia KOUP Concept. It actually looks very production ready, and only needs a more toned down interior (or maybe not?) with more production ready head lamps and tail lamps and you can already imagine it being driven on roads.

The front wheel drive, front engined coupe is powered by a turbocharged direct injected version of the 2.0 litre Hyundai/Kia Theta II engine (derived from the GEMA engine family), which produces 290 horsepower and a wide torque spread of 392Nm over 2,000rpm to 4,000rpm.

The front suspension is the usual MacPherson strut system while the rear is an independent dual link design. The Kia KOUP also features Continuous Damping Control – not sure what it does but Kia says it helps with the vehicle’s handling.

Check out more photos and a video after the jump.

VIDEO: Kia KOUP Concept

Kia KOUP Concept

Kia KOUP Concept

Kia KOUP Concept

Kia KOUP Concept

Kia KOUP Concept

Kia KOUP Concept

Kia KOUP Concept

Kia KOUP Concept

Kia KOUP Concept

Kia KOUP Concept

Kia KOUP Concept

Kia KOUP Concept

Kia KOUP Concept

Kia KOUP Concept

Kia KOUP Concept

Kia KOUP Concept

Kia KOUP Concept