Kia Stinger GT4 concept

DETROIT -- Would you believe that this 300-plus horsepower, rear-wheel-drive coupe is a Kia? Well, you'd better believe it!

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2+2 coupe

Looking at this small 2+2 (two main seats and two smaller seats in the back) sports coupe, I can't help but to compare it to the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ.

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Turbocharged

Unlike the Scion and Subie, which have been criticized for being underpowered, Kia has retuned its 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injected engine to output a massive 315 horsepower. On the other hand, the Toyobaru twins are real and this is just a concept.

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Attainable power

315 horsepower may seem like yet another concept car claim, but chief designer at Kia Design Center America Tom Kearns states, "Our Optima racecars use the same engine and can produce more than 400 horsepower, so why not infuse our concept with the kind of power that will make people take notice?"

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Rear-wheel drive

Power flows from the front-mounted engine to the rear wheels via a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission.

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Wheels and tires

The 20-inch wheels are wrapped in wide 275/35R-20 Pirelli P-Zero performance tires in the rear, and slightly narrower 235/35R-20 Pirelli P-Zeros up front.

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California-born

The Stinger GT4 was born in Kia's Irvine, Calif., design studio, which is also birthplace of the Track'ster and Cross GT concepts.

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Doors

The door handles are flush with the body, popping out to be grabbed when you need them.

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Wide and low

The Stinger GT4 is tiny! It's wheelbase and overall length are shorter than a Forte sedan. But it's also wider than the much larger Cadenza.

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Interior

We weren't able to open the doors. However, we were able to peer through the smoked glass. To save weight (and complete the race-centric feel), the GT4 uses fabric door pulls. Despite looking like it has a touch screen in the dashboard, the Stinger GT4 doesn't even have the luxury of a stereo.

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Steering wheel

The flat-bottomed steering wheel, with its top-center stripe, continues the sports and racing aesthetic.

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Instrument cluster

The instrument cluster floats above the steering column, making use of transparent sections illuminated by red LEDs.

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Wraparound glass

The front glass overlaps the the skeletal A-pillars, completing the illusion that the windshield and the side windows are one piece.

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Exhaust tips

Exhaust exits through a pair of exhaust tips integrated into the rear bumper.

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LED headlamps

Where most cars would feature fog lamps or intakes, the Stinger GT4 tucks its full-LED headlamps in a vertical orientation.

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No production plans

The automaker has no plans of building the Kia Stinger GT4, merely stating that the concept "provides a possible and highly provocative glimpse into Kia’s future."

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2014 Kia Soul Red Zone special edition

The automaker will, however, happily sell you a Red Zone variant of the Kia Soul, which features a red and white color scheme with unique body and wheel styling.

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