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For two years, we've been hearing whispers about Kia working on a rear-wheel drive V-8 sports sedan. Back in July, it was rumored that this mythical car might make its formal debut at Frankfurt in concept car form.
Today, Kia turned rumors into facts by announcing the debut of a four-door sports sedan concept for the Frankfurt Auto Show.
When analyzing the design of the concept car, we can see many styling cues found in the new Kia Optima. From the up-swept belt line to the chrome strip running from the windshield back to the trunk, this concept has quite a bit of Kia Optima styling DNA baked in.
We predict this concept will use the Hyundai Genesis Sedan platform and either the 4.6-liter or 5.0-liter Tau V-8 engine. Power will be sent to the rear-wheels and our money is on an eight-speed automatic transmission also adopted from its Hyundai cousin.
The concept signals the new styling direction for the company. Design chief Peter Schreyer believes, "the car is a strong statement from Kia," Peter, we couldn't agree more.
The concept features four seats and a fastback design. The styling is more Audi A7 than BMW 5-Series, somewhat the opposite of what Hyundai has done with the Genesis Sedan, which some say echoes BMW and Lexus lines.
Let us know what you think of the new Kia concept in the comments below, and make sure to stay tuned for more news as the Frankfurt Auto Show approaches.