The Kia K900 comes with a choice of two powerful engines, a 3.8L V6 making 311 hp or a 5.0L V8 making 420 hp. The only transmission available is an 8-speed automatic.
Though the K900 is not marketed as a sports car, it handles respectably, thanks to all-independent suspension and rear wheel drive. Kia has taken pains to ensure that the car is balanced and smooth in the corners, though drivers looking for sports car stiffness should look elsewhere.
Luxury is the name of the game in the K900 and nowhere is this more obvious than in the list of standard equipment. The base Premium V6 K900 comes equipped with Napa leather seating, a heated, leather wrapped steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping functions, dual-zone automatic climate control, 18-inch wheels, HID headlights, a 12-way power adjustable driver's seat, an 8-way power adjustable front passenger seat, a 14-speaker stereo, front and rear-facing parking cameras, a panoramic sunroof, heated and vented front seats, a navigation system with a 9.2" display.
The Luxury V6 K900 offers additional luxury features such as heated power-folding mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, a 900-watt Lexicon Logic 7 audio system with 17 speakers, a heated steering wheel and 3-zone climate control.
The Luxury V8 trim upgrades to the 420-horsepower 5.0L V8 engine and 19-inch alloy wheels.
Optional equipment on both Luxury trims include rear-seat adjustable lumbar, a lane-departure warning system, rear cross-traffic alert and blind spot warning systems, rear reclining seats, adaptive cruise control and a surround-view monitor.
Safety is paramount in the K900 and many of the standard features available work towards this aim. Airbags include dual front, dual rear, front and rear side airbags as well as side curtain airbags. Electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, traction control and brake assist programs are all standard.
Kia's been building the K900 luxury sedan for half of the past decade, but I'm willing to bet many of you have never heard of it.
The first-generation Kia K900 was actually a pretty sweet ride, balancing upscale appointments and high value, but had trouble finding success. Perhaps buyers just couldn't reconcile the idea of a full-size luxury sedan from Kia, the brand with dancing hamsters in its commercials. Whatever the cause, this perfectly good car was an extremely poor seller. Since its introduction in 2014, Kia has only sold just over 5,200 K900s in the US.
Rather than cut its losses, Kia is hoping to do better with a vastly improved second-generation model, which I recently had the chance to sample in Korean-spec K9 guise. Is it second time's a charm for Kia's big luxury sedan?
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