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To commemorate the annual Vans Warped Tour, Kia and Popular Mechanics are tapping into their youthful and fun spirits to present a Kia Soul that defies explanation at the 2013 SEMA Auto Show.

The specially created crossover was designed and developed with the idea of taking to the road to enjoy the famous touring music and extreme sports festival. If there ever was a car that captures the idea and essence of the Vans Warped Tour, it’s this one.

Not only does the Soul carry a custom, albeit bombastic, paint finish that was inspired by the colors of the tour itself, Popular Mechanics and Kia decided to give it an eye-catching airbrush artwork detail, complete with references to the blending in of the music and action sports worlds. The windows of the Soul are all gone, and in their place are custom-built fiberglass body panels, each housing a pair of Infinity eight-inch speakers. Wonder how you can appreciate the outside world when you’re inside this vehicle?

But thoughtful musings like those are far from the objective of this Soul, as this specially-produced crossover has one objective in mind: to bring the spirit of the Vans Warped Tour to life inside a rolling set of wheels. A 50-inch flat-panel monitor has also been mounted atop the car with running footage from the tour itself so you never miss out on the experience of the festival.

Finally, a slide-out rear barbeque was also fitted into the this Soul, giving you the full music-inspired tailgating experience so you can enjoy the tour like nobody’s business.

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2014 Kia Vans Warped Tour Soul

2014 Kia Vans Warped Tour Soul Emblems and Logo Exterior
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The customized hood ornament is a nice touch.

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This is one Kia Soul that’s going to catch some serious attention.

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There are speakers where the windows are supposed to be. Who knew?

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Red Forgiato wheels really adds to the overall theme of the crossover.

2014 Kia Soul

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Ever since it was introduced in the U.S. market back in 2010, the Kia Soul has been a popular sell, especially for those looking for an unconventional crossover that offers plenty of attitude and character.

The Soul is already offered an unmistakable design language, but for the new generation, it received design elements we saw on the Track’ster Concept that Kia unveiled in 2012.

The new Soul has grown in size, too, while also receiving a more aggressive appearance. Power comes in the form of two options: a base 1.6-liter, all-aluminum four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 130 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque and a 2.0-liter NU engine with an output of 164 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and a peak torque 151 pound-feet of torque at a 4,000 rpm.

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Kia Vans Warped Tour Soul

2014 Kia Vans Warped Tour Soul High Resolution Exterior
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Embodying the youthful and fun spirit of the Vans Warped Tour, Popular Mechanics designed a Kia Soul ready to hit the road on a musical journey. This unique Soul features a full custom paint job – inspired by the colors of the Van’s Warped Tour – with eye-catching air-brush artwork. The side windows have been replaced with custom-built fiberglass body panels housing eight Infinity 8-inch speakers to deliver a true concert experience. And to really put you in the middle of the performance, a 50-inch flat-panel monitor has been mounted atop the car with running footage from the tour itself.

The Vans Warped Tour is about music, friends and food. To that end, this Soul has been outfitted with a slide-out rear barbeque for the full music-inspired tailgating experience. And a specially designed hood ornament pays homage to the iconic shoe company that serves as the namesake of the Warped Tour. With 20-inch wheels outfitted with performance low-profile tires and vibrant LED ambient lighting, this Kia Soul is made to take music lovers on a rockin’ ride they’ll never forget.

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