Watch out European hot hatches – the Koreans are coming after you! The Kia cee’d GT and Kia pro_cee’d GT hatchbacks are Kia’s 2013 Geneva Motor Show debutants, and they’ll be powered by the same 1.6 litre turbocharged four cylinder motor, which producies 204 PS and 265Nm.
Both the 5-door Kia cee’d GT and it’s 3-door sibling the Kia pro_cee’d GT will transmit their 1.6 litre turbo engine’s power to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox, which will allow them to do the 100km/h sprint in 7.9 seconds. These numbers aren’t blistering high, but perhaps Kia’s making room for the group’s more powerful 278 PS 2.0 litre turbo?
After sorting out factors like looks and quality, Hyundai-Kia is looking at driving feel next, and we should expect more hot hatches like this new GT duo. The company is building a 10,000 sq ft test centre at Nürburgring at the cost of US$7.3 million, which will provide a stomping ground for the Korean carmaker to evaluate its new cars.