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The upcoming Kia GT was spotted last month near the Hyundai Design Centre in Irvine, California; now, the production version of Frankfurt 2011’s ultra-stylish concept has been caught by our European spy photographers on a more scenic Alpine getaway, towing a trailer of all things.

Stripping a little bit of camouflage off the sleek, low-slung sports sedan has exposed a few design details, including what appear to be full-LED headlights, as well as the shape and design of Kia’s signature “tiger nose” grille. In this application, the latter gains red inserts in the honeycomb grille, which do contribute to a racier appearance. A radar sensor, presumably for an active cruise control system, sits front and centre.

Elsewhere, the BMW-esque air curtain intakes, seen on newer Kias like the new Optima and Niro, as well as the facelifted Cerato, are also present and correct – they provide the GT with a more aggressive look.

Kia GT Alps 8

Not much new to see along the sides, with the production GT retaining concept’s rakish fastback-style roofline and upswept windows; the suicide doors of the show car have given way to conventional front-hinged items, however. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see the massive chrome fender vents that were visible on the previous mule, but the addition of side skirts this time round does give the GT a fuller profile.

We also spot larger brakes with slotted discs in some of the pictures, which hint of there being sportier, more powerful variants being made available. At the rear, the outline of the broad four-piece tail lights, as well as the quad tailpipes, are clearly visible.

Expected to sit between the Cadenza and K9, the GT will reportedly be built on the rear-wheel drive bones of the Genesis G80 (née Hyundai Genesis). Engines should run the gamut from a naturally-aspirated mill to a 3.3 litre twin-turbo V6 and possibly a 5.0 litre naturally-aspirated GDI V8 – the latter found on the G80, Genesis G90 and K9.