Kia Optima GT Fron ViewKia Optima GT is the high-powered version of the Frankfurt debuting 2016 Optima. The GT is currently in development and it is actually the first-ever high performance version of the model which will be introduced to the European market. Just like the basic variant, model's sports prototype has also been presented at the car event in Germany. It is dedicated to those looking for more emotive and performance-oriented drive.

Athletic Design on the Inside and Out

As you can see from the images revealed by Kia, the Optima GT has more athletic and sportier appearance than the standard Optima. Although the car previewed in Frankfurt is only a prototype, it gives a clear understanding of what the production-ready variant will be like. For instance, the GT will feature a redesigned ‘tiger-nose' grille, bold body styling, and a new wheel design.

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The cabin of the Optima GT is the same as the standard Optima, but it will include more dynamic intent in its execution. There are currently no pictures confirming this statement.

Dynamic Performance & Drivetrain

Kia Optima GT Rear View

2016 Optima GT has ride, handling and performance specifically tuned for its athletic character. At the same time the driving experience would not compromise in terms of comfortability. By the way, this version of the vehicle will feature its own and unique suspension settings compared to standard models in the range. It will be also fitted with a new Electronically-Controlled Suspension system which will deliver damping force to each wheel.

In addition, the car will be equipped with larger disc brakes and a tailored version of Kia's new rack-mounted motor-driven power steering (R-MDPS) will enhance Optima GT's dynamic performance.

Higher power output is natural for the Optima GT. Powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged gasoline direct injection (T-GDI) engine, it will be capable of producing 245 PS (180 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 353 Nm (260 lb ft) at 1,350-4,000 rpm. The transmission is six-speed automatic.

Additional details on Optima GT will be announced closer to launch in 2016. The standard Kia Optima range is scheduled to go on sale across Europe in the forth quarter of 2015.

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2016 Kia Optima GT Technical Specifications:

  • Engine: 2.0-litre / 245 ps T-GDI Gasoline
Type Capacity Max power Max torque Valves Fuel system Emissions classTransmission Four cylinder in-line, turbocharged 2.0-litres, 1,998 cc 245 ps (180 kW) @ 6,000 rpm 353 Nm (260 lb ft) @ 1,350-4,000 rpm 16 (four per cylinder) Direct injection Euro Stage 6bSix-speed automatic


  • Wheels & tyres:
Wheels Tyres Alloy 18-inch 235/45 R18
  • Dimensions (mm):
Exterior Overall height 4,855 1,465 Overall width Wheelbase 1,860 2,805


  • Performance:
Top speed (kph) 0-100 kph (secs) 240 7.4


  • Economy (litres / 100 km):
Combined Extra-urban Urban CO2 (g/km)                           8.2 6.1 11.8 191

Source: Kia