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Kia Four-Door Sports Sedan Concept Preview: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

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Kia Four-Door Sports Sedan Concept

Kia Four-Door Sports Sedan Concept

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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.

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  1. Wow, it's hard to believe they got the 4 doors in there while maintaining a rather sleek design.
     
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  2. Very nice, it has that rich, exotic $88,000 look to it, yet it still proudly displays the Kia badge. V8? Really, I must say I like this RWD sporty 4-dr. sedan a lot and want to know more about it as more info.becomes available.
     
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  3. I can see the z car stylings in the front (280 z ) the porsche feel in the back and a little lotus in the roof line. It's a beautiful looking car.If the outside is any indicator this little kia could be a flagship like camaro was to chevy and mustang was to ford the latter may be a bit over the top , but it will certainly be a jewel in kia's lineup if the car can live up to the look
     
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