The Kia Optima GT has made its debut in Malaysia, carrying an official price tag of RM179,888 on-the-road with insurance.

In terms of specifications, there’s not a whole lot different from the car we saw at Naza Kia Malaysia’s PJ Red Cube showroom. Under the hood of the Optima GT, there’s a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbocharged T-GDI petrol engine with 242 hp and 350 Nm of torque. The mill is mated to a six-speed torque converter automatic transmission that sends drive to the front wheels. The 100 km/h sprint is done in 7.4 seconds.

On the exterior, the Optima GT seen here comes with LED headlights with Dynamic Bending Light and LED DRLs, LED rear taillights, a rear diffuser, twin oval-shaped exhaust tips and 18-inch fan-design alloy wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres (235/45).

As for interior equipment, there’s red leather sports seats, a seven-inch touchscreen display, a dual-zone climate control system with Clean Air ioniser, ventilated front seats (cooling and heating function), multifunction steering wheel and electrically-adjustable front seats (lumbar support and memory function for driver’s side).

Other bits of kit include rear air-con vents, rear charging and power outlets, a panoramic sunroof, sun shades for the rear side windows, a navigation function for the car’s infotainment system, a 4.3-inch TFT-LCD multi-info driver display, wireless smartphone charger, keyless entry and start, and a drive mode selector.

Safety wise, the Optima GT comes with six airbags, electronic stability control, ABS and automatic brake hold. Driver assist features include front and rear parking sensors, along with a reverse camera.

GALLERY: Kia Optima GT at PJ Red Cube showroom