Kia is stepping up its game with the new Optima GT currently on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This is basically the European version of the US-spec Optima SX as it uses the same turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine producing 245 PS at 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 353 Nm available from 1,350 rpm up to 4,000 rpm. We are dealing of course with a power unit that meets Euro 6 regulations and comes equipped with direct-injection technology while in terms of performance it allows the mid-size sedan to run the 0-100 km/h sprint in 7.4 seconds on its way onto a top speed of 240 km/h.
According to Kia, the 2016 Optima GT (Euro-spec) will need 8.2 liters of fuel for every 100 km which means that it will have CO2 emissions of 191 g/km. Besides the stronger engine, the vehicle also gets a sportier body, new alloys, a returned suspension, bigger brakes and the new Electronically-Controlled Suspension system providing individualized damping force for each wheel. In addition, Kia’s engineers have also fiddled around with the rack-mounted motor-driven power steering while the cabin has also gone through an array of minor changes.
The 2016 Optima GT in European guise is programmed to go on sale next year.