Kia may have yet to confirm a high-performance Sportage GT, over 200kW for production, but we’ve hired our artists to render one anyway. Here’s how it could be.
The fifth generation 2022 Kia Sportage The family SUV has finally arrived in Australia, but for performance buyers looking for more spring in the step of their family car, there is One obvious omission from the line-up: a high-performance GT variant.
It is well known that Australians love high-performance cars, with our market often in the top three for Hyundai N Other Volkswagen R sales – but in the “budget” space of midsize SUVs, there are few truly fast offerings, delivering powerful performance with the sharp chassis and sporty visuals to match.
With that in mind, we hired a digital designer @avarvarii imagining what a novelty Kia Sportage GT It might seem – based on the new long wheelbase Sportage now on sale in Australia, but with influences drawn from the short wheelbase Sportage GT-Line sold in Europe, and other GT-badged duck performance models.
More aggressive bumpers feature upgrades, with sporty front air intakes inspired by the European GT-Line, honeycomb grille patterns, a prominent rear diffuser with a mix of black and body color, and a deep front splitter with matte black fins on each edge.
Those fins along the sides of the vehicle, joined by the body-colored wheel arches that house huge 21-inch alloy wheels, compared to the 19-inch diameters of the current top of the range, the GT-Line.
Pictured here with a design borrowed from the new EV6 GT-Line electric car, the alloys would hide high-performance brakes with multi-piston calipers and be wrapped in sticky high-performance tires.
Stinger GT-like red paint, a black roof and GT prop badge complete the performance look.
Inside, we imagine a set of front sports seats borrowed from Hyundai’s Sonata N Line sedan – finished in a mix of leather and suede – plus red contrast stitching, carbon fiber and aluminum trims and lots of GT badges.
Without an official or unofficial word of an upcoming Sportage GT, there is little that can be done in the way of what’s under the Kia’s hot hood, although there are a number of engines in the Hyundai-Kia family that could fit in. Well.
The most obvious candidate is the newest from the Korean conglomerate 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine used on a range of Hyundai, Kia and Genesis vehicles that, in most front-wheel drive cars, develop 213kW Other 422 Nm, sent to the road through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
This is a significant improvement over the Australian Sportage GT-Line’s choice of 132kW / 265Nm 1.6-liter turbo-petrol engines and 137kW / 416Nm 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engines.
Most of the transverse applications (mounted left to right, in the engine compartment) of the 2.5-liter “Smartstream” engine are front-wheel drive, although you can have them with four-wheel drive in the versions for the US market of the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Kia Sorento, a system that we would insert as standard in our hypothetical Sportage GT.
The time from zero to 100 km / h would likely drop between 5.0 and 5.5 seconds, with a top speed of 220 km / h.
While Kia may already have an engine ready, any talk of a 2023 Kia Sportage GT reaching production remains only speculation, with no indication of a pattern on the horizon.
Would a Sportage GT be a logical next step for Kia’s performance badge? Let us know in the comments.