Well, well, what do we have here? The official pricing of the new Kia Optima GT for Malaysia has been revealed ahead on its launch tomorrow, courtesy of an image posted on the brand’s Facebook page – the upcoming D-segment sedan will carry a price tag of RM179,888 (on-the-road with insurance). Not bad for a large car with 242 hp.

The Optima GT packs a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbocharged T-GDI petrol engine with 242 hp and 353 Nm of torque. That’s more than what is offered by Japanese makes like the Toyota Camry 2.5L Hybrid (202 hp total system output), Mazda 6 2.5L (185 hp/250 Nm) and Honda Accord 2.4L (173 hp/225 Nm).

The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission (with paddle shifters) that sends drive to the front wheels. According to Kia, the Optima GT will accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 240 km/h.

The car is already on display in certain showrooms. We will know more when it is officially launched tomorrow, so stay tuned to paultan.org!