Some interesting news from Kia, which is planning some sporty offerings. Autocar UK reports that the Korean carmaker is mulling over a flagship model based on chief designer Peter Schreyer’s GT concept car. Vice-chairman and CEO Hyoung-Keun Lee has been quoted as saying the company is “seriously looking” at turning the large rear-wheel drive concept into reality.

“In my opinion, a sports car should be rear-wheel drive. When I was at Hyundai we tried the Coupe with front-wheel drive. It was considered sporty looking, but the driveability was different,” Lee said.

“We haven’t decided yet, but we need a certain product to help with our brand image. We have tried a couple of concept cars and found some potential in the GT. We will try a couple more in the future, starting at Geneva next year, and test the media and consumer response before choosing one,” he added, saying that the decision would be made “in a short time”.

What’s confirmed is a hot variant of the three-door pro_cee’d hatchback, which we first saw at this year’s Paris motor show. The project, known internally as HPV, is rumoured to be badged GT when it goes on sale. Production has been confirmed and will start from mid-2013.

Kia’s hot hatch will be powered by a 200 bhp version of Hyundai-Kia’s T-GDi turbocharged 1.6 litre engine used in the Hyundai Veloster, and will be offered with a dual-clutch automatic transmission, in addition to a six-speed manual. Apparently, designer Schreyer has given the hot hatch a look that sets it apart from the rest of the three-door pro_cee’d range.

Click here to view the GT concept and here for the pro_ceed hatchback.