The all-new fourth-generation Kia Optima made its way to local showrooms earlier this year. Just like the preceding model, Naza Kia Malaysia is offering just one variant of the Korean D-segment, although this time in its highest state of tune and specification.

Underneath the hood of this handsome sedan is a 2.0 litre turbocharged direct injection (T-GDI) engine, tuned to produce 242 hp and 350 Nm of torque. That’s more power than the Volkswagen Passat 2.0 Highline (217 hp/350 Nm), Ford Mondeo 2.0 EcoBoost (237 hp/350 Nm) and Honda Accord 2.4L (173 hp/225 Nm), making it the most powerful car in its segment thus far.

Power goes out to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and paddle shifters. In terms of performance, Kia says it sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds (the Passat gets there in 6.7 seconds, thanks to DSG) with a combined fuel consumption of 8.5 litres per 100 km. Vmax is rated at 240 km/h.

The kit list is extensive, beginning with dynamic LED headlamps with LED DRLs, LED taillamps, top-of-the-line GT body styling, 18-inch alloys with 235/45 Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres and red brake calipers. Inside, the leather seats come in either red or black, with GT embroidery. Both front seats come with heating and ventilation functions, while the rears are heated.

There’s also a full panoramic sunroof that’s unique to its class, followed by convenience features like a 7.0-inch touchscreen head unit, electronic parking brake, heated steering wheel and Qi wireless phone charger.

Pricing for the Kia Optima GT is at RM174,833 OTR before insurance, with three colours to choose from – Aurora Black, Gravity Blue and Snow White Pearl. Packaged along with it is a five-year unlimited mileage warranty. For full specifications, head to CarBase.my.