In addition to the number of modified vehicles that Kia brought to the 2018 SEMA Show, the company also introduced a brand-new version of one of their most popular models. When the Kia Stinger was first introduced, people weren’t sure how to take it, considering it was so far off-brand for Kia. But now that it has proved naysayers wrong and established itself as one of the best affordable sports cars on the market, the rest of the Kia lineup is following suit. Enter the 2020 Kia Forte GT, with a release date of sometime next year (we’ll be sure to fill you in once we have a more exact date).
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“The fantastic capabilities of our team of engineers really shined in the development of the Stinger and we’re thrilled to continue injecting a bit more sport into some of the other models in the lineup. Whether you want a practical commuter or performance compact sedan, there’s now a Forte that appeals to several types of car shoppers. The Forte is already one of our top sellers, and we believe adding more diversity to the model line will appeal to a broader range of consumers.”
– Orth Hedrick, Executive Director of Car Planning & Telematics, Kia Motors America
Plenty was revealed at the SEMA Show, but today we’ll focus on the updated performance specs. For starters, it’s important to note that there is more than one member of the new Forte GT lineup. Lower GT models will keep the 147-horsepower engine beneath the hood, while the higher GT trims will beef things up with a turbocharged 1.6L engine, estimated to generate 201 horsepower alongside 195 pound-feet of torque. Add to that plenty of other performance-enhancing features like R-speed tires and fully independent suspension systems, and you have a vehicle we’re excited for. We’ll be sure to fill you in with more as it becomes available.