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2019 Kia K900

2019 Kia K900
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Kia takes on the big boys of the luxury market with redesigned flagship sedan

The Kia K900 was launched in 2012 as the company’s most luxurious flagship sedan ever. Designed to replace the Amanti, a four-door which had moderate success in the U.S., the K900 brought Kia closer to its goal: to provide a solid competitor for the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. After almost six years on the market, the K900 was redesigned from the ground up and introduced to the North American market at the 2018 New York Motor Show.

Unveiled for the first time in its home market in South Korea, the new K900 looks significantly more modern than its predecessor. And, although it sports the brand’s current design language, it also boasts a few styling features of its own. It looks like Kia wants the K900 to stand out in the lineup, which is a good strategy in a market where sedans from different segments share too many features. The interior is a big step forward too, with the stylish design and the numerous convenience features putting it on par with the German sedans. Let’s have a closer look at what’s new in the review below.

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Kia Admits that the Telluride Could Wear K900 Underpinnings

Kia Admits that the Telluride Could Wear K900 Underpinnings

It’s not a foregone conclusion, but there are whispers in the wind

The Kia K900 luxury sedan currently sits as the company’s flagship model. Just don’t expect it to be the only one sitting at that table soon. The Korean automaker’s product planner, Orth Hedrick, hinted that the K900 could be joined by a crossover that will be based on the sedan. Hedrick stopped short of revealing too many details, but his comments brought memories of the Telluride Concept back to the surface. Could it be that Kia’s head product planner is hinting at a production future for the concept SUV that debuted at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show? Stay tuned.

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2018 New York International Auto Show - Worst In Show

2018 New York International Auto Show - Worst In Show

Fuh getta bout it

We saw loads of good stuff at the New York International Auto Show this year, including a variety of sultry luxury machines like the Cadillac CT6 V-Sport and Audi RS5 Sportback, not to mention the stunning new Essentia EV GT concept from Genesis. However, as is inevitable these days, we found plenty of less-than-desirable debuts as well, five of which we’ve listed here for your communal derision.

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The new Kia K900 is here to make you forget about the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series

The new Kia K900 is here to make you forget about the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series

The brand’s most luxurious offering yet!

Once known for affordable and not-so-great vehicles for emerging markets, Kia has developed into a full-blown automaker that covers many segments in the world’s most important markets. In recent years, Kia also took a couple of big steps into the premium market by upping the ante in the fit-and-finish department and by offering increasingly better equipment lines. In 2013, Kia decided to join the full-size luxury market with the K900, which was just redesigned into the second generation. Unveiled at the 2018 New York Motor Show, the new K900 boasts improvements in just about any department and looks the part even when compared to German competitors like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series.

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2019 Kia K900

2019 Kia K900

Kia takes on the big boys of the luxury market with redesigned flagship sedan

The Kia K900 was launched in 2012 as the company’s most luxurious flagship sedan ever. Designed to replace the Amanti, a four-door which had moderate success in the U.S., the K900 brought Kia closer to its goal: to provide a solid competitor for the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. After almost six years on the market, the K900 was redesigned from the ground up and introduced to the North American market at the 2018 New York Motor Show.

Unveiled for the first time in its home market in South Korea, the new K900 looks significantly more modern than its predecessor. And, although it sports the brand’s current design language, it also boasts a few styling features of its own. It looks like Kia wants the K900 to stand out in the lineup, which is a good strategy in a market where sedans from different segments share too many features. The interior is a big step forward too, with the stylish design and the numerous convenience features putting it on par with the German sedans. Let’s have a closer look at what’s new in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Kia K900.

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Kia Releases First Official Photos of the New K900 ; Audi and BMW Execs Should Tremble in Fear

Kia Releases First Official Photos of the New K900 ; Audi and BMW Execs Should Tremble in Fear

If you can get past the Badge, the K900 is an Easy Choice over the Audi A7 and BMW 7 Series

A new-comer to the premium segment, Kia isn’t the kind of automaker you think about when talking about full-size cars. But the Korean maker has been offering big sedans since the 1990s, when it made its own version of the Mazda Luce and Sentia, sold as the Potentia and Enterprise, respectively. Kia’s very own design came in 2003 as the Opirus, which was sold in the U.S. as the Amanti, with surprisingly good results. But the brand made a significant step up the premium ladder in 2012, when it introduced the K900. Also known as the K9 and Quoris in other markets, the K900 became the company’s first real competitor for German big boys like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series. Come 2018, and the second-generation model is underway for an official unveiling at the New York Auto Show. And man it sure looks hot!

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Audi Execs Will Fall Out of their Chairs when they See This Sketch of the Kia K900 Interior

Audi Execs Will Fall Out of their Chairs when they See This Sketch of the Kia K900 Interior

The K900 looks like a proper luxury sedan

Fresh off of teasing the flagship K900’s exterior, Kia is following up with a teaser sketch of the interior. Slowly but surely, we’re getting a clearer idea of what the K900 has to offer. From where we stand, it looks like the Kia K900 is going to be more than just a novelty flagship; it has the chops to be a legitimate contender in the luxury space segment.

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Kia's Teaser of the Next-Gen K900 Shows Us A Sign Of What's To Come

Kia’s Teaser of the Next-Gen K900 Shows Us A Sign Of What’s To Come

It does look good for the Korean automaker’s new flagship model

Kia went to the Geneva Motor Show and had a good time showcasing its new Ceed compact, among its other reveals. But the automaker’s activity isn’t just limited to the subcompact segment. At the top of its totem pole sits the K900, and the newest version of the flagship sedan is all set to make its own debut in April. But, before that happens, Kia has released a few sketch renderings previewing the sedan, giving us a glimpse of what we can expect when it takes its bow in a month’s time.

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Kia Teases the K900 Sedan Before it Debuts at the New York Auto Show

Kia Teases the K900 Sedan Before it Debuts at the New York Auto Show

Long and sleek in the shadows, the K900 appears ready for a return to prominence

Kia has released a teaser image of its upcoming K900 flagship sedan. The redesigned model is due to hit dealerships and showrooms sometime this year as a 2019 model. Despite only being introduced in 2015 in the U.S., the need for an update became important after the model went through a rocky 2017 that saw only 455 units find new owners for the whole year. The new K900 is expected to debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show in late March.

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2015 - 2016 Kia K900

2015 - 2016 Kia K900

At the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, Kia unveiled its new, rear-wheel-drive flagship. Aimed at German luxury vehicles such as the BMW 7 Series, the sedan went on sale in the first quarter of 2014.

The K900 rides on the same platform as the Hyundai Equus, from which it also borrowed the powerful, 5.0-liter, V-8 engine that hooks up to an eight-speed transmission with three driving modes: Eco, Normal and Sport.

According to the company, the K900 "is the next logical progression for Kia. It demonstrates what Kia is capable of and will help redefine what the Kia brand stands for." The flagship went on sale just in time to celebrate Kia’s 20th anniversary on the U.S. market.

Updated 11/25/2015: Kia announced details on the 2016 K900 - a model that adds a new V-6 engine. Unlike the 2015 model year, the 2016 K900 will be offered in three trim levels: V6 Premium, V6 Luxury and V8 Luxury, with prices ranging from $49,000 to $61,900.

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Kia K900 "King James Edition" Will Be Auctioned For Charity

Kia K900 "King James Edition" Will Be Auctioned For Charity

"Holy blasphemous basketballs, Bron-Bron!" Those were words I wrote two months ago, when LeBron James first began teasing pictures of his special King James Edition Kia K900 on his Facebook page. Now, two pieces of good news. First: They’re finally selling the King James Kia! Even better news: There’s only one of them. Thank GOD!

Kia is the new kid on the big-money block — and who defines nouveau riche like a professional baller? Kia enlisted LeBron as its "luxury ambassador" sometime back. That might seems like a bit of an odd fit, but Kia has been sponsoring the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award for some time now. Primarily because it’s the NBA, and everything has to sponsored.

In an effort to convince the world that Kia’s 2013 MVP Award winner drives a Kia, the company built LeBron a full custom K900 that at the time was presumed to have been a dry run for production. It wasn’t. The King James Edition K900 remains a one-off destined for the auction block, to be sold for a fairly righteous cause.

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2015 Kia K900 King James Edition

2015 Kia K900 King James Edition

Holy blasphemous basketballs, Bron-Bron! Yes, it’s true: NBA superstar LeBron James is officially selling Kias. Or designing them, anyway. That might seem like a bit of an odd combination, but fundamentally, Kia and new-money ballers like LeBron have a lot in common. From humble roots and reputations (both good and bad) mad on the mean streets, both have had their ups and downs. Both have made success almost overnight by taking their games to new levels, challenging the old guard and making a name for the new. Granted, only LeBron’s actually reached Hennessey Chalice status at this point — but Korea’s working hard to hitch their wagons to his platinum star.

Bling bling.

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2015 Kia High-Performance K900

2015 Kia High-Performance K900

If you were to build a track car, the $60,000 Kia K900 might not be the first thing you would pick as a starting point, but humans have certainly done crazier things. The Kia High-Performance K900 is a sportier take on the K900 luxury sedan — the most opulent and cosseting car Kia has ever built by a long shot. Kia envisions the High-Performance K900 as the perfect transport for ferrying racing drivers and autocratic race team managers between race tracks and the nearest five-star hotel. It’s possibly the narrowest market segment ever targeted, but we’re sure a sportier K900 could find interest elsewhere — particle physicists who play croquet, perhaps.

The High-Performance K900 features some pretty dramatic changes over the K900s you would find on the showroom floor. First, and most obvious, is the new one-off body kit that features some racy-looking carbon-fiber inserts. Gigantic gloss-black 21-inch wheels are mounted at each corner with some pretty serious multi-piston brakes peering from behind. Fortunately, it’s not just about the looks. The beefed-up K900 also benefits from forced induction, with the 5.0-liter V-8 taken to an unprecedented level of power for the Korean automaker. Check out the full details after the jump.

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LeBron James Is The New Ambassador Of The Kia K900

LeBron James Is The New Ambassador Of The Kia K900

NBA players are a valuable marketing resource with consumer reach as far as a full-court shot. That’s why when LeBron James approached Kia for with the idea of an endorsing deal, Kia took notice. The end result is a deal between the two, or more specifically, James and the Kia K900.

Apparently James had the chance to drive around all summer in the K900 and ended up loving the car. ESPN reports James posted a picture of the car on Instagram with captions reading, “Rolling in my K900. Love this car!!”

Tim Chaney, Kia’s vice president of marketing told ESPN.com, “We were not actively seeking another endorser, but LeBron told us, after driving the car around this summer, that he like it so much, that we decided to partner with him. He brought us instant credibility."

James said in a statement regarding the collaboration, “For me, a partnership has to be authentic and real to who I am and that’s what makes this one so special."

While the details of the multiyear, multimillion-dollar deal have not been disclosed, sources say James must show up at Cavaliers games in the K900 and will appear in several TV commercials. Thankfully for LeBron, the deal does not restrict him from driving other vehicles in his 20-car fleet, which includes the likes of Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche, Maybach, and Rolls Royce.

While Kia isn’t expecting the deal to create clamoring crowd of K900 buyers, the Korean automaker does expect the endorsement deal to have a positive impact on the brand’s public perception as a viable luxury automaker.

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2015 Kia K900 - Driven

2015 Kia K900 - Driven

Kia and luxury once went together like bleach and ammonia, but as we creep into the 2015 model year, things are starting to change. It started with cars like the Optima and Sorento getting more luxurious digs, then came to a head with the introduction of the Cadenza. And now for 2015, Kia presents its K900, a luxurious sedan that shares a platform with its sister brand’s luxury rig, the Hyundai Equus.

Not only is the K900 the most luxurious car that I have ever seen from Kia, but it is also the most powerful, thanks to is 420-horsepower, Tau V-8 that is borrowed from Hyundai. As of July 2014, this Tau V-8 remains the standard engine in all K900s, but soon the 3.3-liter V-6 found in the Cadenza will make its way into the engine compartment.

In the Cadenza, the 3.3-liter engine produces 293 ponies, but I am willing to bet it will exceed 300 horses by the time it makes its way to the K900. And this tuning is likely why the V-6-powered K900 is not on dealer lots yet — a 293-horsepower V-6 is not suitable for a 4,600-pound lard yacht.

Fortunately, I got my crack at the K900 before the V-6 had a chance to ruin the fun, so I got to enjoy all 420 roaring ponies from this Korean masterpiece. But the real question is, can it actually hang with BMW and Mercedes this early into its life?

Find out the answer and read all about my time with the K900 after the jump.

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TopSpeed Podcast Episode 020 LIVE

TopSpeed Podcast Episode 020 LIVE

It is Thursday, and you know what that means; time to hang out with your three favorite petrol-heads!

Today Mark, Justin and I spend a lot of time talking about a lot of cars. Me and Mark talk about how awesome the Toyota Avalon can be, Justin and I then argue about the Kia K900 and equipment in cars, and wrap up with Mark talking about the very big and expensive GMC Yukon Denali.

When we move on, I talk about my week with the Miata. Spoiler: I think its freaking amazing and everyone should buy one. I also take some time to talk about how awesome other Miata owners seem to be.

When we finally get around to the news we take time to discuss the future collaboration of BMW and Toyota, the upcoming family of Cadillacs with V badges, and we even talk about a diesel-powered Audi R8.

Viewer questions include the most beautiful car we have ever seen and advice on selling your own car. We finish with an Own, Drive, Burn segment that features three of the most expensive cars ever sold.

Thanks for watching and listening. You can reach us in the comments below, or find us on Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast. If you prefer, you can reach us by email at Podcast@TopSpeed.com

See everyone next week!

If you want to talk to me, Justin or Mark directly you can find us on Twitter here:
Moe - @Moeferd
Justin - @TheCarJunkie
Mark - @MarkMcNabb

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Super Bowl XLVIII Ad: Kia's "The Truth" With Laurence Fishburne

Super Bowl XLVIII Ad: Kia’s "The Truth" With Laurence Fishburne

Most of you know Laurence Fishburne for his great Morpheus role played in The Matrix trilogy. Well, he now returns with the same role in Kia’s latest "The Truth" ad prepared for this year’s Super Bowl.

In the ad, Fishburne presents a couple a Matrix-like option while tending the valet stand at an upscale restaurant: “Take the blue key, you go back to the luxury you know. Take the red key, and you’ll never look at luxury the same again.”

Of course the couple chooses the red key, which leads to them cruising in a Kia latest K900 luxury sedan. From there is takes an off turn, as Fishburne singing "Nessun dorma" in the back seat of the K900. We’re not too sure what this has to do with the K900, but it is apparently Kia’s idea of what luxury sounds like.

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