At the 2013 New York International Auto Show, Kia has debuted the 2014 Kia Forte Koup SX. The car promises much better performance over the standard model as well as a sportier look and feel.

With the debut of this new performance-minded model, Kia is hoping to give buyers interested in a Kia Forte a much sportier option. This model will have a more aggressive appearance and promises better performance to back up the looks. With this new performance-oriented model, Kia’s gunning for other sporty coupes from Europe and Japan.

The more powerful engine in the SX model should lead to a better 0-to-60 mph time. Because of the added power, the new model will require bigger brakes that will be housed by enlarged wheels that help fill out the wheel arches nicely. The more aggressive styling combined with the better performance seems to add up to a pretty impressive model.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Kia Forte Koup SX.

  • 2014 Kia Forte Koup SX
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  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    201 @ 6000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    195 @ 1750
  • Displacement:
    1.6 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    145 mph (Est.)
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2014 Kia Forte Koup SX High Resolution Exterior
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The 2014 Kia Forte Koup SX offers sportier styling with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED taillights and dual chrome exhaust tailpipes. A slightly aggressive look is all courtesy of faux carbon-fiber trim pieces, a bigger front bumper, larger grille openings and gloss black grille inserts. The exterior definitely exudes the aura of aggression and sportiness that this high-output Forte deserves.

Even though it is somewhat understated, it does give a hint of what lies beneath the hood through its styling tweaks.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (In) 106.3
Length (In) 178.3
Width (In) 70.1
Height (In) 55.5
Track (In), Front 61.3
Track (In), Rear 61.3
Fuel capacity (Gal) 13.2


Not many details are yet available about the interior. However, we do know that the SX will come with a steering wheel wrapped up in a coat of leather and with integrated audio and cruise control buttons. Both the front and rear seats come with faux carbon-fiber accents to add a tuning element to the cabin.

Standard Features

  • Navigation system with HD Radio
  • Sunroof
  • Heated steering wheel
  • 10-way adjustable power driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Cooled driver’s seat
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • SmartKey with push-button start
  • Electric chromatic rearview mirror
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control


2014 Kia Forte Koup SX High Resolution Exterior
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The meal ticket for the Kia Forte Koup SX is its 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that features Kia’s Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI). The turbocharged engine pumps out a hefty 201 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 195 pound-feet of torque between the 1,750 and 4,500 rpm. The more powerful engine should give this sports coupe the feel of a tuner car. Although a 0-to-60 mph time has yet to be released, and top speed performance figures have not yet been released, this turbocharged Forte should hit 60 mph in the 6.5- to 7-second range.

Engine 1.6L I-4, turbocharged DOHC gasoline direct injection (GDI)
Horsepower 201 @ 6000 rpm
Tourque (lb-ft) 195 @ 1750-4500 rpm

Suspension and Brakes

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To handle the added engine power the SX will come with bigger front ventilated brakes. This turbocharge Koup comes with a sport-tuned suspension to help it rocket its way through the twist and sticky 205/55R16 tires to keep it glued to the asphalt.


Front Strut Type, Coil Spring
Rear Torsion Beam, Coil Spring
Construction Unibody


Type, Front Vented Disc
Type, Rear Solid Disc
Size (In) Front 11.8
Size (In) Rear 10.3


The 2014 Kia Forte Koup SX will go on sale near the end of 2013. Pricing will be announced at a later date.


Honda Civic SI

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The Honda Civic SI offers 201 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque which should land the Kia Forte Koup SX right in this territory. The Honda Civic has been around for a number of years and has a good reputation for dependability. The styling of the Honda Civic SI is restrained, but a bit more aggressive than the standard Honda Civic.


2014 Kia Forte Koup SX High Resolution Exterior
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If you are looking for an economy sporty car, the Kia Forte Koup SX may be worth a look. While we would lean toward the Honda Civic SI because of its reputation for dependability and good performance, the Forte is a very close second. For our money, however, we recommend staying with the SI for now, but the SX should give it a good run for its money and will give buyers a lot to think about.

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Press Release

Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced the third and final member of the completely redesigned Forte lineup when it unveiled the sleek and purposeful all-new Forte Koup at the 2013 New York Auto Show. Following the launch of the Forte sedan and Forte 5-door, the all-new two-door Forte Koup SX boasts European-inspired design and performance to match with a 1.6-liter gasoline direct-injected (GDI) turbocharged four-cylinder engine putting out 201 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. As equipped, the SX is the most powerful Forte Koup ever. Sales are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2013, and pricing will be announced closer to the Koup’s launch.

2014 Kia Forte Koup SX Exterior
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“The Forte Koup is arguably the sportiest vehicle in our award-winning lineup, and it has helped raise Kia’s brand awareness significantly among automotive enthusiasts,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president of marketing & communications, KMA. “Its rakish design, premium amenities and powerful turbocharged engine set it apart from the competition. With the debut of the Forte sedan and 5-door earlier this year, and now the Koup in New York, the Forte lineup has been completely revamped from top to bottom.”

Similar to its Forte 5-door sibling, the Forte Koup is offered in two trim levels, EX and SX, with two engine and transmission choices. The EX comes equipped with a 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder engine, and the tarmac-carving SX comes standard with the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The EX comes standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission while the SX may be mated with either a standard 6-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic featuring steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Advanced Technology and Premium Features

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In keeping with the rest of the Forte family, the all-new Forte Koup offers buyers an impressive list of technology and safety features. The Koup EX comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, UVO eServices with Rear Camera Display1, Bluetooth®2 wireless technology, SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio3, leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio and cruise control buttons, FlexSteer™, tilt and telescoping steering column, power windows, and LED positioning headlights with fog lights.

The Koup SX rewards buyers with standard 18-inch alloy wheels, dual chrome exhaust tips, and LED tail lights. Forte Koup SX also offers an aggressive front fascia with larger bumper and grille openings, black gloss grille inserts, larger front brakes, alloy sport pedals, front and rear seats with carbon fiber-style accents. The lower front fascia and rear valance also feature carbon fiber-look trim pieces.

Both EX and SX trim levels offer optional HID headlights, navigation system with HD Radio™4, sunroof, heated steering wheel,10-way adjustable power driver’s seat, heated front seats and cooled driver’s seat, leather seating surfaces, SmartKey with push-button start, electric chromatic rearview mirror and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Continuing Kia’s Design Leadership

2014 Kia Forte Koup SX High Resolution Exterior
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Created by the design studio at KMA’s corporate campus in Irvine, Calif., the Forte Koup’s sporty two-door profile, swooping roofline, and large 18-inch alloy wheels give it an athletic and aggressive stance that continues Kia’s tradition as a design leader.

The Forte Koup’s swept headlights stretch deep into the front fenders, and the raked windshield and broad shoulders give the front end a sleek, sporty appearance. LED positioning lights add a premium look to the front fascia. At the rear, LED tail lights complete the premium look of the exterior. A rear valance with twin chrome exhaust tips maintains the Forte Koup’s sporty demeanor.

Sporty Cabin with Premium Features

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The interior of the Forte Koup features premium materials and soft touch points. Large, easy-to-read white-on-black gauges nestle deeply into the instrument cluster. Chrome accents around the HVAC controls and optional push-button start, along with carbon fiber-like textures on the dash and seats, add a sporty touch. A grippy leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are further evidence of the Forte Koup’s performance intentions. Class-exclusive available features such as front heated seats, an air-cooled driver’s seat and driver-selectable electric steering further set the Forte Koup apart from its two-door competition.

Dynamic Driving Experience

Utilizing a 1.6-liter GDI turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the SX is the most powerful Forte Koup ever. Power is seamlessly transferred to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The GDI powerplant produces 201 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 195 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,750-4,500 rpm. The advanced powertrain features double overhead cams with dual continuously variable valve timing to help improve efficiency and performance.

The Forte Koup EX comes standard with a 2.0-liter GDI powerplant producing 173 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 154 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,700 rpm. During durability testing, the engines are run 300 continuous hours at redline under full load then for an additional 20 hours at 10 percent above redline under full load.

To help further improve performance, the Forte Koup features a sport-tuned suspension with a McPherson strut setup in front and a torsion beam rear design. The Koup rides on standard 205/55R-16 tires while 225/40R-18 tires are included with the SX trim for an even more sporting driving experience.

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