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Kia Going RWD? - Intel

If anyone at Kia is listening, we also vote for a performance model featuring the 274-horse turbo four from the Optima SX.

Nov 17, 2011

Kia may be heading into a new niche as it unwrapped a wicked looking sedan at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show. The groundbreaking aspect of the Kia concept: it’s rear wheel drive. Like any concept there are some outlandish features, like suicide style rear doors, a camera in place of side mirrors and space age cockpit controls, not to mention extreme bodylines head-to-toe. We hope Kia retains the silhouette and doors of the four seater, dubbed the Sport Sedan Concept. If anyone at Kia is listening, we also vote for a performance model featuring the 274-horse turbo four from the Optima SX. Want our color suggestions as well?

In other news, Kia also revamped the boxy-but-beautiful Soul for 2012 with revised fascias front and rear, trick headlamp treatments, new taillights and a fresh selection of wheels. Inside, the Soul gets a quieter cabin and upgraded materials throughout. Performance wise the Soul reaps the benefits of going direct injection as the 1.6-liter base plant gets an additional 13 ponies (122 hp to 135 hp) and the up-level 2.0-liter sees an 18 horse jump (142 hp to 160 hp). Base models get a six-speed stick while 2012 auto equipped models get a new six-speed automatic in place of last year’s five-speed auto. The Base model starts at $14,650 while the up-level, 2.0-liter Soul + model starts at $17,050.

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