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2010 Kia Forte Koup Type R Concept

Kia’s smallest car, the Forte, will be coming to the 2010 SEMA Auto Show in what looks to be a future special edition model. Okay, so Kia says it’s only a concept, but the future for the Forte Koup Type R Concept, which was inspired by the company’s first season of racing in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, is very bright. The concept was designed by Kinetic Motorsports, who built and campaigns Kia’s Forte Koup race cars.

The Type R Concept gets a matte gray exterior paint job that works with enhanced exterior panels to make the front fenders, rocker panels, and rear quarter panels appear longer. BBS RG 18-inch forged aluminum alloy wheels and racing-inspired tires along with a modified front end add to the overall look of the car.

The interior of the Type R now offers custom seat/door treatments as well as a few ergonomic improvements for the driver. Other additions include a short throw shift kit with Kinetic gear shift knob and carbon inlay, and a dampened composite fiber disc clutch.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Inspired by the excitement and competition Kia experienced in its inaugural season of racing in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, and with an eye on future production vehicle applications, the Kia Forte Kia Forte Koup Type R Concept confidently showcases the performance possibilities Kia’s first two-door coupe provides. Devel Devel oped by Kinetic Motorsports, who built and campaigns Kia’s Forte Koup race cars, the Type R features dramatically enhanced exterior panels that exaggerate the existing body lines, including the front fenders, rocker panels and rear quarter panels.

The Forte Koup Type R rolls on BBS RG 18-inch forged aluminum alloy wheels and racing-inspired tires and suspension components. Inside, the Forte Koup Type R’s modified interior offers ergonomic improvements for the driver, while custom seat/door treatments and safety restraints reflect its sporty nature. A short throw shift kit with Kinetic gear shift knob and carbon inlay complements the dampened composite fiber disc clutch to enhance the driving experience.




4 comments:

Something some people don’t realize is that the Soul will likely end the year as Kia’s second best-selling car. I love that Kia continues to have fun with these editions, but it really needs a powertrain update more than anything. That new 2.0L 165hp engine Hyundai is debuting on the Tucson should be the volume engine here.

That made it look like a Volt somehow. But awesome photochop, does wonders for the look of the Koup.

Yeah, typically a woman type car..but i like the matte gray color that mix in the elegant design of KIA.

So as if the looks of this Kia didn’t copy the Honda Civic enough, they’re now going to steal the "Type-R" designation?

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