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PostHeaderIcon Kia Forte GT

The GT version of the Forte was to arrive soon, but we expected it to make its debut at the Detroit Motor Show early next year. The South Korean automaker caught us by surprise by releasing the updated Forte GT for the 202 model year. It carries the good looks but adds more grunt and pace to the standard Forte.

PostHeaderIcon Top 10 Compact Cars Ranked From Best to Worst

Compact cars still represent great value for money, even in 2018, in a market flooded by SUVs and all kinds of niche crossovers. Compact models are a great choice as a first new car and, luckily, there’s still a great variety of cars to choose from. Here are our top 10 choices.

Picking the best small car of the myriad of options available isn’t an easy thing to do. If you’ve made up your mind and you don’t want a compact SUV or crossover and, instead, go for a compact sedan or hatchback, there are the obvious choices like a Volkswagen Golf, a Honda Civic or a Toyota Corolla. But the market is much wider than that. and

PostHeaderIcon The Best 2018 Cars Under $20,000

Finding the right car for you isn’t exactly easy. From horsepower to mpg, interior room to standard equipment, there’s a lot to take in and consider. Of course, doing your homework is critical to finding that perfect ride, and luckily, if you’re looking for something under the $20K-mark, we’ve got you covered right here.

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PostHeaderIcon Kia is Working on a More Extreme Version of the Forte and it Smells like Proceed

The all-new Kia Forte’s debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show was met with sighs of relief from a public that had gone tired and weary of the last-generation model. The third and current-generation Forte came with an updated styling that evoked similarities to the highly touted Stinger GT. It also featured an updated interior and new safety and tech equipment. As promising as the new Forte is, there might be more reason to celebrate because of reports that a hotter version of the Forte could be in the pipeline for performance-starved customers in the U.S.


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“"We’re not done with Forte, so we have more exciting products"”

We’re long overdue, aren’t we? I’d like to think so because we’ve so far been shut out of the 200-horsepower Kia ProCee’d GT, which is available in both the U.K. and European markets. On our end, the best we can get as far as an entry-level performance Kia is the Elantra Sport or, if we’re really reaching, the Soul Turbo.

A performance version of the Forte makes a lot of sense. The model’s product manager, Derrick Ty, seems to be of the same mind. Speaking with Motor Trend, Ty confirmed that there are more plans for the all-new Forte beyond the sedan that we saw in Detroit last month. “We’re not done with Forte, so we have more exciting products,” he said. “We have more exciting products that are coming that I can’t speak of… It’ll be pretty exciting for the next few years. I mean, I’m already excited as it is with the Forte the way it turned out. It’s a taste of what’s to come.”

If that’s the case, consider our appetites to grow in the coming months. There’s certainly going to be a lot of speculation on the model Ty’s hinting at, including what we think is a likely candidate: a performance version of the Forte5 hatchback.

The hatchback version of the Forte should follow in the sedan’s concept and debut in the coming months. This could be the model Ty is referring to because all the elements are there for a performance model. More importantly, a hot version of the Forte5 would slot in nicely in a Forte lineup that Kia appears to be expanding.


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“A hot version of the Forte5 would slot in nicely in a Forte lineup that Kia appears to be expanding.”

From a practical standpoint, the pieces are also already in place. Remember, the Forte already shares the same J5 platform with the Cee’d so building a hot hatch Forte5 based on the Pro_Cee’d GT isn’t going to be a start-from-scratch proposition. The latter has already proven itself as a desirable hot hatch, thanks in part to a 1.6-liter GDI engine that delivers a total of 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Those power numbers on a hot Forte5 would do well to satisfy the cravings of hot hatch aficionados here in the US.

Regardless of what Kia has in store for the all-new Forte, a possible performance model is the kind of shot-in-the-arm the automaker needs to get people in the U.S. excited about the model. We’ll have to make do with the Forte sedan for now, but if there is a hot hatch in the horizon, you can be sure that a lot of people are going to want a piece of that.

References

Kia Forte


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Read our full review on the 2019 Kia Forte.


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Read more Kia news.

PostHeaderIcon Kia is Working on a More Extreme Version of the Forte and it Smells like Proceed

The all-new Kia Forte’s debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show was met with sighs of relief from a public that had gone tired and weary of the last-generation model. The third and current-generation Forte came with an updated styling that evoked similarities to the highly touted Stinger GT. It also featured an updated interior and new safety and tech equipment. As promising as the new Forte is, there might be more reason to celebrate because of reports that a hotter version of the Forte could be in the pipeline for performance-starved customers in the U.S.


Kia is Working on a More Extreme Version of the Forte and it Smells like Proceed - image 761778
“"We’re not done with Forte, so we have more exciting products"”

We’re long overdue, aren’t we? I’d like to think so because we’ve so far been shut out of the 200-horsepower Kia ProCee’d GT, which is available in both the U.K. and European markets. On our end, the best we can get as far as an entry-level performance Kia is the Elantra Sport or, if we’re really reaching, the Soul Turbo.

A performance version of the Forte makes a lot of sense. The model’s product manager, Derrick Ty, seems to be of the same mind. Speaking with Motor Trend, Ty confirmed that there are more plans for the all-new Forte beyond the sedan that we saw in Detroit last month. “We’re not done with Forte, so we have more exciting products,” he said. “We have more exciting products that are coming that I can’t speak of… It’ll be pretty exciting for the next few years. I mean, I’m already excited as it is with the Forte the way it turned out. It’s a taste of what’s to come.”

If that’s the case, consider our appetites to grow in the coming months. There’s certainly going to be a lot of speculation on the model Ty’s hinting at, including what we think is a likely candidate: a performance version of the Forte5 hatchback.

The hatchback version of the Forte should follow in the sedan’s concept and debut in the coming months. This could be the model Ty is referring to because all the elements are there for a performance model. More importantly, a hot version of the Forte5 would slot in nicely in a Forte lineup that Kia appears to be expanding.


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“A hot version of the Forte5 would slot in nicely in a Forte lineup that Kia appears to be expanding.”

From a practical standpoint, the pieces are also already in place. Remember, the Forte already shares the same J5 platform with the Cee’d so building a hot hatch Forte5 based on the Pro_Cee’d GT isn’t going to be a start-from-scratch proposition. The latter has already proven itself as a desirable hot hatch, thanks in part to a 1.6-liter GDI engine that delivers a total of 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Those power numbers on a hot Forte5 would do well to satisfy the cravings of hot hatch aficionados here in the US.

Regardless of what Kia has in store for the all-new Forte, a possible performance model is the kind of shot-in-the-arm the automaker needs to get people in the U.S. excited about the model. We’ll have to make do with the Forte sedan for now, but if there is a hot hatch in the horizon, you can be sure that a lot of people are going to want a piece of that.

References

Kia Forte


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Read our full review on the 2019 Kia Forte.


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Read more Kia news.

PostHeaderIcon Kia is Working on a More Extreme Version of the Forte and it Smells like Proceed

The all-new Kia Forte’s debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show was met with sighs of relief from a public that had gone tired and weary of the last-generation model. The third and current-generation Forte came with an updated styling that evoked similarities to the highly touted Stinger GT. It also featured an updated interior and new safety and tech equipment. As promising as the new Forte is, there might be more reason to celebrate because of reports that a hotter version of the Forte could be in the pipeline for performance-starved customers in the U.S.


Kia is Working on a More Extreme Version of the Forte and it Smells like Proceed - image 761778
“"We’re not done with Forte, so we have more exciting products"”

We’re long overdue, aren’t we? I’d like to think so because we’ve so far been shut out of the 200-horsepower Kia ProCee’d GT, which is available in both the U.K. and European markets. On our end, the best we can get as far as an entry-level performance Kia is the Elantra Sport or, if we’re really reaching, the Soul Turbo.

A performance version of the Forte makes a lot of sense. The model’s product manager, Derrick Ty, seems to be of the same mind. Speaking with Motor Trend, Ty confirmed that there are more plans for the all-new Forte beyond the sedan that we saw in Detroit last month. “We’re not done with Forte, so we have more exciting products,” he said. “We have more exciting products that are coming that I can’t speak of… It’ll be pretty exciting for the next few years. I mean, I’m already excited as it is with the Forte the way it turned out. It’s a taste of what’s to come.”

If that’s the case, consider our appetites to grow in the coming months. There’s certainly going to be a lot of speculation on the model Ty’s hinting at, including what we think is a likely candidate: a performance version of the Forte5 hatchback.

The hatchback version of the Forte should follow in the sedan’s concept and debut in the coming months. This could be the model Ty is referring to because all the elements are there for a performance model. More importantly, a hot version of the Forte5 would slot in nicely in a Forte lineup that Kia appears to be expanding.


Kia is Working on a More Extreme Version of the Forte and it Smells like Proceed - image 761803
“A hot version of the Forte5 would slot in nicely in a Forte lineup that Kia appears to be expanding.”

From a practical standpoint, the pieces are also already in place. Remember, the Forte already shares the same J5 platform with the Cee’d so building a hot hatch Forte5 based on the Pro_Cee’d GT isn’t going to be a start-from-scratch proposition. The latter has already proven itself as a desirable hot hatch, thanks in part to a 1.6-liter GDI engine that delivers a total of 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Those power numbers on a hot Forte5 would do well to satisfy the cravings of hot hatch aficionados here in the US.

Regardless of what Kia has in store for the all-new Forte, a possible performance model is the kind of shot-in-the-arm the automaker needs to get people in the U.S. excited about the model. We’ll have to make do with the Forte sedan for now, but if there is a hot hatch in the horizon, you can be sure that a lot of people are going to want a piece of that.

References

Kia Forte


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Read our full review on the 2019 Kia Forte.


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Read more Kia news.

PostHeaderIcon Kia Pits The Forte Against The Lamborghini Aventador in Hilarious Ad

The Kia Forte and the Lamborghini Aventador are two cars that couldn’t be more different from each other. One is a compact four-door sedan while the other is, well, you know what the Aventador is. On the surface, the Aventador beats the Forte in just about every meaningful discussion. But is the Lamborghini really that much better than the Forte? Kia (obviously) doesn’t think so, and believe it or not; it actually makes a compelling case for its own sedan.

Go ahead and watch the video. Tell me you didn’t get a good laugh out of it. I certainly did. Kia’s justifications for the Forte are all fair. The sedan does have two more doors than the supercar. It also has a big advantage in rear seating, cargo space, touch-screen capability, and wireless charging. It even has the Aventador beat in fuel efficiency and cost. It’s true that you can buy a Forte for a tenth of the price of an Aventador. You can even use the money you saved on something else, including that villa in Italy the voice-over guy suggested. By these metrics, the Forte wins hands down!

In all seriousness, the “rivalry” between the Forte and Aventador is tongue-firmly-planted-in-cheek humor. Give credit to Kia for thinking outside the box with the angle for this commercial. It takes a certain kind of confidence to roll out an Aventador opposite a Forte, and then actually make a compelling case for the latter as the better car.

Well done, Kia. It’s a great commercial, though, I think it would’ve probably been better if you saved this one for Super Bowl LII. Just a thought.


References

Kia Forte


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Read our full review on the 2019 Kia Forte.

Lamborghini Aventador


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Read our full review on the 2017 Lamborghini Aventador.

PostHeaderIcon Kia Forte

Introduced in 2008 as a brand-new nameplate, the Forte has already made a name for itself in the affordable compact car market. And while it might not be as popular as the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic, the Forte was Kia’s best-selling vehicle in the U.S. in recent years and one of only 15 cars to earn the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ rating for 2018. Not bad for an automobile that had nothing to brag about a decade ago. Almost six years old as of early 2018, the second-generation Forte is living its final months on the market, with a redesigned model introduced for the 2019 model year at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

Redesigned from the ground up, the third-generation Forte follows in the footsteps of larger Kia models. Not only sportier on the outside, the new Forte comes with an upscale interior that moves it closer to the premium market. In addition to that, it’s the first Kia to borrow styling cues from the hot Stinger sedan. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been expecting Kia to add some “Sting” to its lineup ever since the four-door debuted in 2017. The new Forte arrives just in time for the redesigned Volkswagen Jetta, yet another affordable compact that wants to play in the premium league. But the Forte has other things to worry about too, like the popular Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. How does it stack against them? Let’s find out in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Kia Forte Sedan.

Official video


Exterior

  • Sportier, Stinger-inspired design
  • New taillights with Sportage-style trim
  • Longer and wider
  • Bigger air vents
  • New wheels
  • Coupe-like roof
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“The new styling is clearly inspired by the Kia Stinger sedan”

The new Forte showcases a decidedly sportier design up front with every important design cue given a serious makeover. The new styling is clearly inspired by the Kia Stinger sedan, but the Forte is by no means as aggressive as its bigger and hotter sibling. The “tigernose” grille is indeed based on the Stinger’s, having a narrower center section and more angular outer edges. The previous grille looks mild by comparison. The headlamps are also new, and while they’re no longer connected to the grille, they also become slimmer toward the fenders, which gives the car a sportier look. The bumper boasts a larger center vent with integrated foglamps, while the side intakes are bigger.

The profile sports the same clean design as its predecessor, but there are quite a few changes to talk about. For starters, the beltline seems to be dead straight from front to rear, whereas on the outgoing model it ascends from the front fenders toward the trunk lid. The window trim is more symmetrical now and has a pronounced Hofmeister Kink-like element on the quarter window.


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“In all, the Forte Sedan looks quite appealing and it’s a fresh take in a segment dominated by the Toyota Corolla”

Unlike the front fascia, the rear bears little to almost no resemblance to the Stinger. However, it’s also significantly different than the outgoing Forte. The taillights are sleeker and have a unique LED layout, while the bumper has fake triangular vents on each side. There’s also a diffuser-like element underneath, but the lack of fins and the single exhaust pipe keeps things mild. The trunk lid is rounded off by a small spoiler and a horizontal strip between the taillights, a feature borrowed from the Sportage SUV.

In all, the Forte Sedan looks quite appealing and it’s a fresh take in a segment dominated by the Toyota Corolla, which is already a few years old.

As with most new-generation cars, the new Forte is a tad bigger. Kia added 3.5 inches to the overall length, while the width of the car increased by 0.7 inches. The Korean sedan is also nearly a half-inch taller.

Interior

  • Clean dashboard design
  • Autonautically-inspired A/C vents
  • Bigger, eight-inch display
  • Sportier steering wheel
  • Ergonomic center stack
  • Enhanced passenger space
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Optional Harman Kardon audio system

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“The infotainment screen is bigger and sits higher on the dashboard”

The outgoing Forte has a rather unique dashboard with the passenger side featuring three wave-like elements that “flow” toward the A/C vent. But while this is a feature I will miss, the rest of the dash was far from impressive and quite dated in 2017. The center stack was cluttered too.

The redesign fixed most of these issues. The dash no longer looks bloated and the chrome trim and the two-tier design makes the interior seem wider. The center stack is a tad wider now, which means that the control panel buttons and knobs are set further apart, which results in better ergonomics. The infotainment screen is bigger, measuring eight inches, and sits higher on the dash. The latter is flanked by aeronautically-inspired, circular A/C vents that give the cabin a modern, sporty feel.

The steering wheel is also new and features revised controls on the upper spokes and a new, silver lower spoke. The latter gives the wheel a more premium look. The instrument cluster behind it has a bigger display between the speedometer and rev counter and displays more information than ever, keeping the driver connected to the car.


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“The sedan is also a tad roomier due to the car being longer and wider”

The sedan is also a tad roomier due to the car being longer and wider. The roof is slightly higher too, which improved headroom especially for rear-seat passengers. Cargo space is rated at 15.1 cubic feet, among the best in this class.

Tech-wise, it comes with features such as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and wireless charging, which is slowly becoming the norm in non-premium segments too. The latter is compatible with Android devices, as well as Apple iPhone 8, and iPhone X. The optional 320-watt system developed with Harman Kardon turns the Forte into a concert hall.

The new-generation platform also brings a suite of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) offered in many of the Kia’s more expensive vehicles. In addition to Blind-Spot Collision Warning and Lane Keeping Assist systems, the new Forte also gets Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and Smart Cruise Control. Both are optional. The latter is designed to maintain a pre-set distance between the Forte and the vehicle in front and can slow the car and bring it to complete stop if necessary.

Drivetrain

  • 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle engine
  • 147 horsepower
  • 132 pound-feet of torque
  • New CTV transmission
  • Up to 35 mpg combined
  • Reduced NHV levels

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“Power comes from the familiar 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle unit rated at 147 horsepower”

The revised platform comes with an improved engine and a new transmission. Power comes from the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder, Atkinson-cycle unit, rated at the same 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet as in the outgoing model. However, the six-speed manual transmission is now joined by a brand-new automatic called IVT, which short for Intelligent Variable Transmission.

An in-house designed, the IVT promises to eliminate many of the issues associated with traditional CVT transmissions. Kia says that the adaptive style shift logic and chain-type belt instead of the push belt helps the IVT eliminate the CVT’s annoying rubber-band-like feel. “This results in smooth and linear acceleration, and for a more enjoyable and sporty driving experience, a step-shift-like feel mimics a conventional automatic at wide-open throttle or when more acceleration is needed,” the automaker said. Well, if things work as described, it will be a big improvement over the standard CVT.


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“An in-house designed IVT transmission replaces the old CVT”

The Korean claims that they also managed to reduce noise by wrapping the transmission case in a sound-insulating cover to help quiet the typical drone associated with CVTs. Kia reports that NVH levels are also reduced by five decibels, which a notable improvement.

Finally, the revised engine and the IVT transmission return better fuel economy too. Specifically, fuel efficiency is expected to grow to 35 mpg combined, up three mpg compared to the outgoing model.

Look for this engine and IVT configuration, which is the first of a new line of highly efficient “Smart Stream” powertrains, make its way into other Kia vehicles in the future.

Prices


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The new Kia Forte should come with a mild price increase over the outgoing model, which retails from $16,800. The redesigned model will probably cost at least $17,500 in base LX trim, while the S will fetch a bit more than $20,000. The range-topping EX version should cost around $22,500 before options. Kia says that the model line will be expanded during the generation’s life-cycle, so expect new trims and special editions to be offered.

Competition

Toyota Corolla


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The new Forte Sedan will go against a few tough competitors, starting with the Toyota Corolla, the world’s best selling car since the 1990s. Redesigned most recently in 2013, the Corolla may be a little old compared to the upcoming Forte, but it remains a popular choice in the United States and Europe. But while it may be reliable and efficient, the Corolla feels a bit dated inside the cabin and the fact that it’s limited to just one engine in the U.S. makes things easier for Kia. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder is rated at either 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque or 140 horses and 126 pound-feet, so the Forte should win the horsepower battle with the range-topping model. Mileage varies between 27 to 28 mpg city and 35 to 36 mpg highway depending on drivetrain, but Kia should be able to top that given that the outgoing Forte is already good for up to 37 mpg on the highway. Pricing for the Corolla starts from $18,550 for the base model and goes up to $22,730 for the range-topping trim.

Read our full review of the 2017 Toyota Corolla.

Honda Civic


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The Honda Civic is the second-most popular car in this niche and, unlike the Corolla, it’s brand-new for 2018 and boasts a sportier, more modern appearance. It’s also slightly larger than the competition and comes with a solid convenience and tech package. Motivation comes from three different engines, starting with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. More oomph comes from the more expensive trims, which get juice from the turbocharged, 1.5-liter four-pot with 174 horses and 162 pound-feet. The tiny powerplant is found in the Si model too, rated at 205 horsepower and 192 pound-feet. The Si also enables Honda to rise above the competition as neither Toyota, Kia, Hyundai or Chevrolet offer similar power ratings. Pricing starts at $18,840 for the base model, while the Touring trim retails from $26,700. The higher performance Si variant fetches $24,100 before options.

Read our full story on the 2017 Honda Civic.

Volkswagen Jetta


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A new-generation Jetta was unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, and unlike its predecessor, it will remain a U.S.-only model for the time being. Its Passat-inspired design is decidedly sportier compared to the outgoing model, while interior includes more premium features that ever, Which makes it the perfect competitor for the new Forte. Power comes from a turbocharged, 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and mated to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic with a start/stop system. Pricing starts from $18,545 and the standard package includes the new People First Warranty with 6-years/72,000-mile (whichever occurs first) coverage. An R-Line and a performance-oriented GLI version will be added later, with the latter likely to cost around $30,000 before options.

Read our review of the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta.

Conclusion


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On paper, Kia did a tremendous job with the new Forte. It definitely looks sportier on the outside, and it feels more upscale on the inside, feats that put it on par with the new Volkswagen Jetta and Honda Civic, and a step above the all-popular Toyota Corolla. The Stinger-inspired cues are far from surprising. I was expecting Kia to use the sedan’s hot features from the moment the Stinger was unveiled, and here we are looking at a Forte that draws inspiration for the brand’s most exciting production car yet. The third-generation Forte is definitely appealing and it should become the nameplate’s best-selling iteration yet.

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PostHeaderIcon Kia Forte Koup Mud Bogger

You can always count on Kia to make its presence felt at the SEMA Auto Show. Over the years, the Korean automaker has to some of the wildest concepts you’ll ever see. Some of the luminaries on this incredibly long list include the Kia DJ Booth Soul, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Dee Edition, and lest we forget the entire roster of Justice League-inspired Kias that stole the show back in 2013. This year, Kia’s not bringing any super heroes to Las Vegas, but it is bringing the Mud Bogger, a heavily modified Forte Koup that draws its inspiration from mud racing.

The Forte Koup Mud Bogger is the brainchild of Kia and Lux Motorwerks, a New Jersey-based auto shop known for its aftermarket projects. That expertise was on full display in the creation of this racy, one-off Forte Koup. Every inch of the Forte was given some form of modification, be it the exterior, interior, or the chassis.

There’s something to be said for an otherwise normal Kia to be turned into a race car that can get down and dirty without hesitation. It may not be the craziest Kia concept we’ve seen at SEMA, but it definitely ranks right up there as arguably one of the most fun to drive. I’ll take that over a Kia Soul that doubles as a mobile DJ booth, thank you very much.

Continue reading to learn more about the Kia Forte Koup Mud Bogger.


PostHeaderIcon SEMA Preview: Kia Forte Koup Mud Bogger

FORTE KOUP MUD BOGGER

If you need just one reason to believe Kia messed up the design of the Forte Koup with the launch of the second-generation model, it would be the fact that we hear about this car maybe once a year, if that. So the Korean company is trying desperately to bring the car back from the dead, and SEMA show provides them with an opportunity. Meet the fairly ridiculous Kia Forte Koup Mud Bogger.

Described as a representation of “the adventurous American South,” Kia Forte Koup Mud Bogger is an off-road version of the sports coupe equipped with massive 28-inch off-road wheels and tires mounted on a four-inch lifted suspension and complemented with custom fenders, fender flares and side skirts.

So yes, the idea behind this car is as stupid as the name they have given it and Kia should immediately fire whoever was in charge of this monstrosity. I’ve actually owned a first-gen Koup and I loved its design. Kia ruined that car by giving it their “corporate look” in the second-gen version, and now they have given us yet another reason to hate this model. So, Cheers!

Of course, not all features of the Kia Forte Koup Mud Bogger are terrible. For example, it has a panoramic roof with a vinyl pushback, Line-X protective coating instead of stock carpets, and Sparco Evo II Red Race Seats. But on the whole, it is an utterly stupid thing.

The post SEMA Preview: Kia Forte Koup Mud Bogger appeared first on Motorward.

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