• 2012 Kia Forte Koup "Flash" by West Coast Customs

Kia’s partnership with DC Entertainment to raise awareness for the latter’s We Can Be Heroes campaign against hunger in the Horn of Africa apparently extends further than the recent Optima "Batmobile" we saw a week ago.

Turns out, the Korean automaker has another superhero-inspired model headed to the 2012 SEMA Auto Show. Together with the fellas over at West Coast Customs, Kia brought the Forte Koup "Flash" at Las Vegas.

Considering that there’s no car in the automaker’s entire line-up that can really give justice to The Flash and his lightning speed super powers, we’re not going to hold it against Kia. After all, the Forte Koup Flash actually looks sizzling. The red, orange, and yellow airbrushed exterior color is a trademark of Flash’s costume. The hood also bears the iconic Flash logo with a cutout right in the middle, allowing everybody to see the kind of engine this bad boy packs. A custom coil over suspension was also added, effectively improving the Forte Koup Flash’s handling while a new set of 20" Asanti color-matched wheels wrapped in Continental Extreme Contact tires.

Inside, the Forte Koup Flash’s seats have been reupholstered in black nappa leather with contrasting red suede and yellow stitching. Character artwork has also been embroidered into the seats. Likewise, the headliner also gets black suede upholstery with custom stitching and custom-painted pieces. West Coast Customs also installed two, 10" sub woofers and two sets of coaxial component speakers with a Quart four-channel amp. Finally, a pair of 7" Rosen Entertainment monitors plays a "We Can Be Heroes" campaign video in the front headrests.


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  (305) posted on 10.21.2012

i hope they will get the attention thy need for their project!

  (312) posted on 10.21.2012

when two companies come together for a greater good, that is something to applaud! and that’s what should be remembered here!

  (302) posted on 10.21.2012

kia is aware of its car’s performance. but what i appreciate more is that it is committed to their cause!

  (305) posted on 10.21.2012

it’s not a bad car to start with, but it’s no flash car either!

  (422) posted on 10.21.2012

the only down side here is that the car can’t be as fast as flash was!

  (452) posted on 10.21.2012

that’s one of the best ideas i’ve seen for a custom hood in a long time. good job WCC!

  (475) posted on 10.21.2012

i love the hood. if they are going to make it, it’s going to be awesome!

  (509) posted on 10.21.2012

one good tuner and a good cause make a good team. and the exposure they are going to get at SEMA is one of the best they could hope for!

  (542) posted on 10.21.2012

WCC are some of the best tuners out there. no matter how bad the car was in the beginning, they will make something good of it!

  (516) posted on 10.21.2012

i first heard of WCC while watching pimp my ride on mtv. those guys are great!

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