The 2011 Kia GT rear-wheel drive concept is a dynamic and powerful four-door sports sedan, hinting at the company's distinctive new design direction. Peter Schreyer, Kia's Chief Design Officer, stated in a press release that the concept allowed them to explore exciting new design directions, by using a rear-drive layout that created very different proportions as compared to a front-wheel drive car. He also added that the rear-wheel drive layout of a performance saloon had a distinct appeal, especially for the European and American markets. The design team heavily inspired from the spirit of iconic 1970s GT cars, which were elegant vehicles able to take passengers from Paris to the South of France without any compromise on style and high speed. The car's aeronautical theme enhances the dynamism with carbon fiber wheels, low-slung front air intake, an aerodynamically efficient rear diffuser and the winglets that curve in from the front flanks and flow into the headlamps. Furthermore, the truncated rear end, the powerful rear shoulders, the cab-reaward stance together with the extended bonnet and front wheel pushed to the front of the car, ensure that the car is unique on the road. Kia GT's flowing lines give a feeling of strength and coherence, while the roofline extending past the C-pillar to meet the rear screen, reinforce the impression of solidity. An air of grace and confidence is provided by the front doors and rear-hinged rear doors that open outward at a slight upward angle. Concerning the interior, the cabin's spacious dimensions are emphasized by the single-piece seats floating on arched supports, a wealth of information displayed at the driver's command, freeing up the centre console from the usual proliferation of controls, buttons and displays.
The concept was meant to suggest more the general feeling of stance, balance and proportion, than the one of design specifics.
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