Kia's new sports car will take inspiration from the GT and GT4 Stinger concept cars, and be on sale by the end of the decade.
The new car will be a model in its own right rather than being based on another Kia and will be “affordable”. The US market will influence its format heavily, it is expected that the model will contribute usefully to Kia’s ambition of selling 100,000 cars annually in the UK before the decade is out. This year the company expects to sell slightly more than 80,000 vehicles there.
The sports car's architecture and engine could be shared with a similar high-performance model from sister brand Hyundai - with Hyundai's version launched under its N Performance brand. Although official timescales only place Kia's sports car as arriving before 2020, it was revealed in December of last year that the first performance models from both Kia and Hyundai are slated for introduction in 2016.