Kia Motors Australia has confirmed it will bring the Pro_cee'd GT coupe to Australia as its first foray into the local performance market - and it could be available by the end of this year.
It comes after Kia debuted the car at Geneva, though as yet there are no plans to bring the five-door cee'd GT, which was also unveiled at Geneva, to Australia.
The small passenger car-sized Pro_cee'd will use an altered version of the 1.6-litre, four-cylinder engine with twin-scroll turbocharger found in the Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo, and will throw up 150kW of power and 265Nm of torque - numbers better than those found in the Toyota 86 GT. Coming with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, the front-wheel-drive will go from 0-100km/h in 7.7 seconds before maxing out at a top speed of 230km/h.
It will be launched across Europe mid-this year before making it to Australia either late this year or early next year.There is no indication the naturally aspirated variants of the Pro_cee'd or cee'd will be released locally any time soon, with Kia likely to focus on the new Cerato set to launch later this year.
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