The Europe-spec 2016 Kia Optima is slated to come in a more sporty outfit along with new physical enhancements. Dubbed the Kia Optima GT and unveiled in Frankfurt, the “high-powered” sedan will join the Korean brand’s other GT models such as the cee’d GT and the pro_cee’d GT.

Outside, the Optima GT receives cosmetic extras including a refashioned “tiger nose” grille, a sportier bumper with triangle-shaped side intakes and a chrome strip. In the back, the sedan gets a rear diffuser attached to it along with two oval exhaust tips and a different set of 18-inch alloys.

Under the bonnet, the GT is given a more spirited 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbocharged T-GDI petrol engine, paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. As used in the US, the T-GDI makes 245 PS at 6,000 rpm and 353 Nm of torque from 1,350 to 4,000 rpm. From 0-100 km/h, the Optima GT takes 7.4 seconds while top speed is 240 km/h.


To match its more powerful setup, the Optima GT receives unique suspension settings and an “electronically-controlled suspension” system that provides individualised damping force to each wheel.

The suspension, alongside bigger brake discs and a retuned rack-mounted motor-driven power steering (R-MPDS), will help the Optima GT “match the dynamic expectations of European drivers” without compromising the refinement and ride comfort of the standard car, Kia says.

The 2016 Kia Optima will be in European markets by the end of the year. This sportier GT variant – a collaborative effort between Kia’s global R&D centre in Korea and the company’s European R&D centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany – will only be arriving in 2016. Kia says that a new body style for the Optima based on the Kia Sportspace is also in the pipeline.

2016 Kia Optima GT

2016 Kia Optima, EU spec

2016 Kia Optima, US spec