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2016 Kia Optima GT to be car’s European performance variant?

August 11, 2015

The fourth generation Kia Optima (Kia K5) was unveiled at the 2015 New York International Auto Show in April. That was the North American-spec though and the Euro-spec version is said to debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015 IAA) in September.

Most likely, Europe will have a performance GT variant on the new Optima, as revealed by these unexplained official images.

2016 Kia Optima GT rear

The ‘GT’ suffix hints that the company would sell a performance variant of the fourth-gen Optima. The Euro-spec 2016 Optima GT seen in these images is identical to the North American-spec 2016 Optima SX Turbo.

2016 Kia Optima Turbo GDI engine

The SX Turbo trim sports a 2.0-litre GDI four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that is expected to produce 247 hp and 353 Nm of torque. This engine is matched to a 6-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission with Sportmatic shifting. The technical specifications is also likely to be offered on the Euro-spec Optima GT.

2016 Kia Optima GT front three quarters left

Other noteworthy features on the top-spec variant should include Bi-function HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Lamps (DBL) and High Beam Assist (HBA), panoramic sunroof, 18-inch wheels, red brake calipers, LED tail lamps, rear diffuser and dual oval-shaped exhaust pipes, as revealed in the pictures.

The 2016 Kia Optima is expected to go on sale in Europe in early-2016.

2016 Kia Optima GT – Image Gallery

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