Hottest Kia yet on way to SA

2013-06-25 12:01

Kia has won over many hearts with its stylish products during the last few years and now the Korean automaker’s first high-performance model is ready to hit the streets, the Pro_cee'd GT.

Kia says it's the most eagerly anticipated new model in the brand's history. The three-door Pro_cee’d GT, is to go on sale in the UK in July priced at the equivalent of R308 800 and a five-door will follow in early 2014.

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Under the bonnet lies a turbocharged 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol direct injection (T-GDI) engine making 149kW/265Nm from 1750-4500rpm, clocking zero to 100km/h in 7.4 seconds to a top speed of 230km/h.


A normally aspirated version of the direct-injection Gamma engine is available in the Pro_cee’d range but, with the exhaust-driven turbocharger in the GT, power/torque figures are up by 51 and 61% respectively. Mated to a a slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission, Kia claims a combined fuel consumption of 7.4 litres/100km and 171g/km of carbon emissions.

The sporty model will have an improved chassis, better styling and interior upgrades. Two trim levels will be available, ‘GT’ or ‘GT Tech’. There’ll also be a limited launch edition model called ‘GT 1st Edition’. Only 500 will be assembled.


According to Kia dealers, both GT and GT Tech models will land in SA by the end of 2013. The limited '1st Edition', of which 500 will be made for worldwide distribution, is yet to be confirmed - as is local pricing.

Kia SA says they really want the car to come here as a flagship model in the stable and they'll know more by September. A spokesman said: " If the economy is good, there's a 99% chance it will be here."

Recaro seats will be standard with leather or suede options; along with 18"alloys wrapped in sporty Michelin tyres . Steering has been re-tuned, along with the suspension, for better handling and performance to increase damper rebound and compression rates, stiffer springs and bushes and a larger rear anti-roll bar.

The range also sees the biggest brakes on a Kia - 300mm front ventilated and 262mm at the rear.


Styling sees a lower, broader bumper and lower central air intake along with an underscored red trim line. Black inserts house the ‘ice-cube’ LED daytime running lights and foglights. There's a graphite chrome-framed radiator grille.

At the rear the broad stance is emphasised by a diffuser section in the lower bumper, separating the dual exhaust outlets.

On the inside, there’s loads of GT red stitching, a leather steering wheel and gear knob, black headlining and several gloss black trim items.

Comfort treats include aircon, cruise control, automatic lights, cornering lights, reversing sensors, Bluetooth phone connectivity with music streaming and voice recognition, a six-speaker radio/CD player with iPod connectivity, a unique ‘GT’ dash display, power windows and heatable folding mirrors, privacy glass on the rear windows and tail door.

Safety goodies include electronic stability control, vehicle stability management, hill-start assist control, anti-lock brakes with EBD and brake assist and six airbags.

  • Charles Dalton - 2013-06-25 12:46

    As usual a copy and paste article from somewhere else. Yes this is the most powerful Kia from their international portfolio. However, there was actually a locally produced 166kw Proceed about two years ago. It only came out in very few numbers. Get your facts right.

      Egor Oussov - 2013-06-25 13:20

      Agree, as the was 3 door version Turbocharged version with 166kw :)

      Erik Kasper Van Wyk - 2013-06-25 13:33

      The heading states "hottest" which could refer to the entire package of the car and not just power output itself. Was the locally produced 166kw model sold by KIA them selfs?

      WhyoWhy - 2013-06-25 21:19

      Hi Erik.....the local 166kw was a Kia SA initiative. They basically took a standard Proceed and added a turbo. I know the reviews of the Proceed back then in normal format kept saying more power was required to exploit a very good chassis. They did very limited advertising and not many dealers really knew about it. No idea how may were actually sold. Well done Kia for the first attempt and now this.

      Joseph July - 2013-06-26 07:47

      Please note that the 166kW ProCeed was a joint project by selected Kia dealers and Alpine Turbo. They were not production vehicle and yes they may have been sold with warranties, they are deemed as modified vehicles when one needs to insure them.

      Erik Kasper Van Wyk - 2013-06-26 09:05

      Thanks for clearing that up guys, I somehow missed that model.

  • sikhumbuzok - 2013-06-25 14:11

    Kia/Hyundai is really out to dominate the world. 10yrs of this progress they will really be a force to be reckoned with. Its scary looking at where they were 7yrs ago to where they are now. Pity Opel has been destroyed by GM just like they did with SAAB.

      Vince Hobs - 2013-06-25 22:18

      I agree partly to your statement as long as they don't become arogant and push their asking prices towards the premium offerings currently in the SA market.Their current line up of models is good value for money.

      Thando Gqabaza - 2013-06-26 11:27

      The americans destroyed Opel and now we get Chev Junk. Just compare the Chev bakkie to the old Corsa bakkie.

      Peter Viljoen - 2013-06-27 14:51

      @Thando, a few facts: the Corsa and Chev bakkie are exactly the same vehicle - just badges have changed. Interesting how you feel the badge has made a mechanical difference.... Secondly, American cars (lets package this like you did) are much better than South African ones. Oh hang on, this country which has a GDP 6 times less than the turnover of just GM has no locally developed car. Mmmmm yet its citizens have quite a lot to say hey.......I can see why you thing Americans are so crap.

  • Fredster69 - 2013-06-25 15:15

    Now this is the engine that is suppose to be in the Sonata and the Kia Optima

      Stig De - 2013-06-25 21:27

      0 to 100 in 7.4 sec in a small car with 1600 turbo engine/ 149kw is hardly nothing to write home about, Kia has surely found the designer what they need now is an engine engineer from VW

      Brak Jan - 2013-06-26 13:57

      @Henning - Set the world alight? Where were you the past decades? Go have a look at the latest World Engine of the Year winners.

  • BaDee Manyuwa - 2013-06-25 15:42

    KIA SA if you price it below R 350 000 I will have one.

      Donovan Dunn - 2013-06-27 15:19

      just wait 6 months and you can get a demo one for 200k. The Pro-cee'd 1 couldnt be given away

  • Mogo Naut - 2013-06-25 17:19

    KIA, you're doing it right. Keep em coming.

  • Makaveli - 2013-06-26 08:31

    It seems more likely that this car will be more expensive than the Ford Focus ST1 which is more powerful, faster and better proposition. 6,5s vs 7,4s; 2.0L vs 1.6L; 184kW/360Nm vs 149kW/265Nm. Ford = R318 200, KIA = R340 000 est.

  • Nyaganyaga Ndawonda - 2013-06-26 11:58

    just got rid of my 2012 1.4Rio. Fuel consumption statistics were completely out. Not economical at all. It claimed 4.5l/100km but best was 7.9l /100km easy driving.

      Donovan Dunn - 2013-06-27 15:20

      I bought the new Clio 4 which claimed 7lt/100km urban use...im averaging 8.5km. the stats they use are lies

  • Nyaganyaga Ndawonda - 2013-06-26 11:59

    Got the 1.0l ecoboost Fiesta Titanium. fantastic power and fuel consumption with many more features. Better than the Kia Rio.

      Mogo Naut - 2013-06-26 13:33

      That's relevant because this article is about the Kia R...oh wait..

  • Brak Jan - 2013-06-26 13:58

    Well done Kia, force-fed induction, finally. Now roll it out in you other cars as well.

  • Gaylord TheAtheist - 2013-06-26 14:58

    Kia is really a good car, but they lack power in all their vechiles, and to call this a hot hatch would be a big no-no. They call real jack up the power in all the vechiles

      Peter Viljoen - 2013-06-27 14:54

      Gaylord, the KIA 2.4 GDI is the most powerful engine in its class. Lack of power in all its engines?

  • Hellen Baloi - 2013-06-26 22:21

    I lv Kia motors,and shall get this one let it flow in.

  • ClintandChantelle Groom - 2013-06-30 18:43

    Kia are "Pro_cee'd"-ing at a remarkable rate and producing excellent products at better than market-related prices, compared to their German competition... and the Japanese for that matter.

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