An indication of just how totally different the styling of the Koupe is to the sedan, only the hood is shared between the two models.
The Koupe is 60mm (2.3in) lower (from a 50mm (2in) lowered roofline and 10mm (0.3in) lowered suspension) and is 50mm (2in) shorter and 10mm (0.3in) narrower than the Forte sedan, whereas retaining the identical 2650mm (104in) wheelbase.
The car tested right here is the high specification SX guide, which incorporates leather upholstery, full iPod integration equipment, fog lights, distant door locking, steering wheel-mounted audio, cruise management functions, and tilt and reach adjustable steering wheel.
The SX additionally comes with an influence sunroof, reverse warning sensors and automated climate control.
Specifically Tuned Engine Note for Kia Koupe
The 115kW (154hp) 2.0-liter four cylinder engine - as used in the Forte sedan - is tuned to deliver a a lot throatier tone, a twin exhaust system specially tuned by engineers, although it nonetheless does not sound very ‘sporty’.
Different adjustments particular to the Koupe embody an improved digital throttle control, and a more delicate accelerator pedal sensor, all intended to increase the response from the engine.
Uprated Suspension for Kia Koupe
Suspension adjustments include uprated dampers, increased castor angle for larger self-centring steering and a sharper steering 'feel' in town driving. A thicker front stabiliser bar helps enhance cornering stability and delivers further grip. The steering wheel also has a faster flip ratio.
While the handling is certainly improved the trip quality is too firm. The uprated dampers have far an excessive amount of bump and not sufficient rebound, so that the suspension extends too quickly when travelling over a big bump and the wheel thumps onerous into the tarmac.
On smooth tarmac the automobile is significantly better to drive, and on easy city roads the automotive handles effectively, but the energy steering is imprecise and over-delicate at low speeds.
The general driving expertise is certainly one of a car that has been styled to look sporty, with hardware that nearly delivers an enhanced driving experience. Kia is right to be classifying the Koupe as a sporty, fairly than sports activities car.
Then again, with a low entry degree worth and no actual competitor available in the market the style of the car would be the deciding issue for many consumers, who won't be involved with performance.