Kia's press conference started out with a mysterious vehicle hidden under a cloak. From the silhouette, we can tell that the vehicle is a Forte Koup, but in what direction will Kia take this model?
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Kia goes racing
As the cover was peeled back, it was obvious that Kia now has its ambitions set on racing.
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2010 Street Tuner class Koup
To be fair, this KONI Challenge Koup features a host of modifications that are well outside of the realm of your average weekend wrench turner.
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Wheels and tires
Hoosier racing slicks and lightweight wheels make sure the KONI Challenge Koup sticks to the road as well as its front wheel-driven chassis will allow.
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Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series
Other racing modifications include a full roll cage, gutted interior, and a fuel cell to replace the gas tank.
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Safety car Soul
Keeping with the racing theme, Kia also displayed a Soul that's been modified to serve as a safety car in US Touring Car Championship races.
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Kia also displayed a myriad of accessories for modifying its Soul and Forte models.
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The Antenna Soul has been customized by Antenna Magazine as a display of tuning accessories, fashion accessories, and consumer electronics.
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20-inch MMR wheels feature a very cool bronze color and are wrapped in Nitto tires.
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The Antenna Soul was bathed in a custom baby blue paint by Lux Motorwerks.
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Tuner car 101
The stock calipers have been painted to match the body, but they look pretty puny behind the mammoth wheels. Time for an upgrade, Kia.
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The back of the Antenna features a motorized shelving display that can disappear beneath the floor.
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Tuner-style Forte SX
The most docile Kia of the day is this tuner-style Forte sedan. This vehicle is the closest representation of what your average tuner Kia will look like and features upgraded suspension components, a Kia Motors body kit, and 18-inch 5Zigen wheels.
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Audio by Infinity
Inside, the TS Forte features an nine-speaker Infinity audio system and a host of Kia Motors accessories.
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This Soul, dubbed "Sinister," features stealthy matte black paint, dark wheels, and--well--dark everything else.
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Smoked headlamps complete the Sinister look.
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Custom audio rig
Out back, the Sinister Soul features a full audio system by Infinity, which puts the drivers, subs, and amplifiers on display.