The Kia Optima GT has been spotted in Malaysia, thanks to paultan.org reader See Zhanwei, who spotted the D-segment sedan on a trailer recently.

Based on the two photos provided to us, we can spot certain cues that mark this out as said model. While the shot of the car’s rear doesn’t clearly show the prominent diffuser found on the Optima GT, (or the oval exhaust outlets for that matter), a side view reveals the model-specific 18-inch alloy wheels.

Unfortunately, there’s no photo of the vehicle’s front end, which should feature a sportier bumper with triangular-shaped side intakes and lower chrome strip.

The Optima GT made its global debut in Frankfurt two years ago, packing a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbocharged T-GDI petrol engine that delivers 242 hp and 353 Nm of torque. That’s nearly as much as what you would find in the BMW 330i M Sport, which has 252 hp and 350 Nm.

The mill is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the front wheels, enabling it to complete the century sprint in just 7.4 seconds. Other performance bits include a unique suspension setting, bigger brake discs and a retuned electric power steering (Kia calls it R-MDPS).

In February this year, Naza Kia Malaysia announced that the Optima GT would be one of the fourth-generation Optima variants set to be introduced this year as part of efforts to elevate the brand’s value.

Other, less powerful version could be introduced as well, although Naza Kia Malaysia has yet to confirm the matter. For now, what are your thoughts of the high-powered Optima GT?

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