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Kia Koup revealed

After showing of the KOUP concept last year, few of us thought it would turn out when finally launched but as the photos below reveal, it’s one good looking car. The wedge-shaped Koup has carbon-fibre-trimmed spoilers, a rear diffuser, door mirrors, bumper inserts, black-chrome LED headlamps, plus two full-length panoramic glass roof panels.

Kia Koup - Front  Kia Koup - Back

Launched at the New York Motor Show, the final vehicle comes with either a 2.0-litre DOHC four-cylinder engine (156bhp) and a 2.4-litre in-line four (173bhp) engine, so it’s strong sports styling will be matched by solid performance. Two levels of specification are also available for the bodywork and trim, the EX and SX. The EX comes with body-coloured bumpers, heated wing mirrors with integrated indicators and 16-inch alloy wheels fitted with 205/55 R16 tyres while the SX comes with 17-inch alloy wheels paired with 215/45 R17 tyres. The SX also features sport-tuned suspension for a firmer ride with reduced body roll and improved handling.

Kia has incorporated engine speed sensitive steering to provide sportier handling, independent front suspension with MacPherson struts, anti-roll bar and a torsion beam rear axle. Two gear boxes are available, a standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission for the EX. The SX model features a standard six-speed manual transmission and an optional five-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic®.

Forte Koup offers a class-leading level of standard safety equipment, with features such as dual front advanced airbags, front seat-mounted and side curtain airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with an antilock brake system (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC) and a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS). The interior of the KOUP is deliberately futuristic. Tom Kearns, chief designer of Kia’s design centre in Irvin, California reveals ‘Kia strives to appeal to the emotional side of car enthusiasts who seek adventure and want to take a leap into the future with style and advanced technology. The Koup effectively delivers (that).’

Sadly the Koup is only planned for the US market for 2010 and will not be coming to the UK (or Europe at all), leaving us with only the Kia Pro Ceed (sportier cousin of the Kia Ceed) to enjoy here in the UK.  More details are available on the site.

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