Kia claims that its new Pro_cee’d GT and Cee’d GT are “the brand’s most performance-focused production cars ever.”
Both models were designed in Europe by Kia’s President and Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer and feature more aggressive front bumpers with distinctive LED daytime running lights, dual-exhaust pipes and 18-inch alloy wheels covering red brake calipers. Inside, the GT models get Recaro seats as standard.
The new Pro_cee’d GT and Cee’d GT are powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged, direct injection petrol engine which develops 201bhp and 265Nm of torque. The engine drives the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox.
Kia describes the new GT models more as warm hatches than hot hatches. Both cars can complete the benchmark 0-62mph sprint in 7.9 seconds, which is a full second slower than the forthcoming Ford Fiesta ST. The £21,995 Ford Focus ST completes the sprint in 6.5 seconds.
Production of the Pro_cee’d GT and Cee’d GT is scheduled to start at Kia’s Zilina plant in Slovakia in May. The Pro_cee’d GT will go sale in the UK from the middle of the year and will be joined by the Cee’d GT towards the end of 2013.
Prices and specifications will be confirmed closer to the on-sale dates, but a figure of around £23,000 has been suggested for the five-door Cee’d GT.