News: KIA UNVEILS ALL-NEW HIGH-PERFORMANCE CEED GT

We loved the previous Ceed GT over here at MotorMartin Towers as it was a great looking, fun and practical hot hatch that was as good at the everyday as it was on those occasions when you could explore more of the Kia’s abilities. So when news arrived of the new GT on the #MotorMartinCarNews desk earlier today, it just had to be put straight out there for all to enjoy.

The all-new Kia Ceed GT will be making its public debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show in October, alongside the all-new ProCeed GT.

Highlights shared by Kia with MotorMartin regarding their new GT are many but continue reading for some of the most important.

1. For the first time in a performance hatchback from Kia, the Ceed GT will be available with an optional seven-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission, in addition to the standard six-speed manual gearbox.

2. Available exclusively to European drivers, sales will commence in the first quarter of 2019. The Ceed GT will be covered by Kia’s industry-leading 7-Year, 100,000-mile warranty as standard.

3. The Ceed GT features a sporty exterior design to differentiate it visually from other models in the Ceed range. Where the design of the Ceed range is characterised by its blend of taut creases and curvaceous sheet metal, the GT variant presents a more athletic proposition than conventional versions of the car.

4. European-developed ride and handling

5. Fine-tuning to the suspension geometry rendering the Ceed GT more agile and more engaging to drive.

6. The performance hatchback sits 5 mm lower than the standard Ceed and Ceed Sportswagon, reducing the centre of gravity. Stiffer front and rear springs reduce body roll, improve responses to steering inputs, and give the car a firmer, more assured ride

7. Consistent stopping power is provided by larger brakes, with the standard Ceed’s 288 mm ventilated front disc brakes replaced with 320 mm discs. The GT’s brakes are also 3 mm thicker, at 28 mm, aiding kinetic heat absorption and braking performance with repeated use.

8. Powerful 1.6-litre T-GDi engine available with manual or Dual-Clutch Transmissions
When the first cee’d GT and pro_cee’d GT were revealed in 2013, they were powered by a newly-developed 1.6-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) engine. Downsized, turbocharged and quick to respond to driver inputs across the rev range, the new engine came to define the car’s effortless approach to power delivery in all conditions. The Ceed GT retains this approach, with a 1.6-litre T-GDi engine that has been updated for the new model.

9. Producing 204 ps at a 6,000 rpm peak, the 1.6-litre T-GDi engine continues to provide effortless acceleration and easily-accessible torque. The engine’s maximum torque of 265 Nm is available across a wide 1,500-to-4,500 rpm rev range. The result is an engine which delivers as much of its performance as possible across all driving conditions.

We can’t wait to get our hands on this one.

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