New Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT

Published | 17/06/2013

• 230 kph top speed for most performance-focused Kia model ever 
• Turbocharged 1.6-litre engine produces 204 ps and 265 Nm 
• Unique styling enhancements for exterior and cabin
• pro_cee’d and cee’d designed, developed and manufactured in Europe 

The all-new high-performance Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT are the brand’s most performance-focused production cars ever.  Both models feature a new turbocharged engine, unique exterior and interior design enhancements, and a suspension system that entertains the enthusiastic driver.

The two new GT models are powered by a new version of Kia’s 1.6-litre GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine equipped with a twin-scroll turbocharger and strengthened internal components.  Power and torque outputs are dramatically increased (compared with the non-turbo engine), with maximum power up 51% to 204 ps, and torque up 61% to 265 Nm. 

Fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, the front-wheel drive GT models can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in 7.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 230 kph.  Thanks to maximum engine torque being developed from just 1,750 rpm, in-gear acceleration is highly responsive with 60-100 kph in fourth gear in 5.4 seconds, 80-120 kph in fifth gear in 7.3 seconds and 80-120 kph in sixth gear in 8.8 seconds.

“Our new Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT highlight the diversity of our current product line-up and underpin the natural expansion of the brand into the performance car market, an important step forward for Kia,” comments Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer, Kia Motors Europe. 

“The new Kia pro_cee’d GT will have great appeal for motorists looking for style, performance and dynamism in their next car – and the similarly powered cee’d GT adds an extra level of practicality for buyers who prefer five doors,” adds Cole. 

Distinctive design
Designed in Europe under the direction of President and Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, both GT models feature new front grille and lamp clusters, deeper bumpers, jewel-like four-point LED daytime running lights, new fog lights, dual-exhaust pipes, larger 18-inch alloy wheels, eye-catching red brake calipers and a range of special paint finishes. 

Inside, the GT models are equipped with Recaro sports seats, alloy pedals, bespoke surface materials and a seven-inch, racing-car inspired TFT instrument cluster to create an engaging, performance-oriented ambience for the driver and passengers.  For the first time on a Kia, the instrument cluster can be customised by the driver with a choice of two layouts – ‘analogue’ mode, showing a traditional speedometer and trip information, and ‘GT’ mode, which shows the vehicle’s speed in large, yellow figures and gauges displaying engine torque and turbo-boost. 

Handling perfected on road and track
The GT powertrain and chassis were originally engineered in Korea and then developed during extensive road and track testing in Europe.  With ride and handling fine-tuned for European roads, the test programme included 160,000 km on German autobahns at an average speed of 150 kph.

The GT models also undertook 480 laps of the 21 km Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit for durability testing.  The Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT share the same unique 7-Year, 150,000 km warranty as the rest of the Kia model line-up in and are the only performance vehicles in the world with such comprehensive cover for motorists.

Subsequent developments to the suspension system ensure that the high performance credentials of the GT models are matched by exceptional dynamic characteristics, while retaining the outstanding ride quality of the pro_cee’d and cee’d.  This means both cars reward the enthusiastic driver while also being well suited for everyday driving. 

Across both models, front damper stiffness has been increased by 30% in rebound and 10% in compression, while at the rear the increases are 50% in rebound and 200% in compression.  Spring rates have also been stiffened by 10% at the front and rear, the rear anti-roll bar has increased in thickness from 18 mm to 19 mm, and the front suspension benefits from stiffer bushings.  These changes allowed Kia engineers to reduce understeer and body roll in order to improve the cars’ handling characteristics.

Subtle re-tuning of the ABS system, together with the fitting of wider 225/40 R18 Michelin tyres, also make the Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT the fastest stopping variants of the popular cee’d range, braking from 100-to-0 kph in 36.4 metres.  

The engine sound has also been addressed by Kia engineers, with intake and exhaust systems specifically tuned to give GT models a sportier engine and exhaust note.  Under hard acceleration between 1,000 and 4,000 rpm, a sportier exhaust tone has been increased by 10dB over the base model, achieved by improving the flow of air through the main muffler and reducing the air intake path.

Kia pro_cee’d GT 1st Edition
To celebrate the arrival of its new high-performance pro_cee’d GT model, Kia is manufacturing a limited edition variant that features a host of unique interior and exterior styling enhancements.  With a production run of just 500 units, the ‘Kia pro_cee’d GT 1st Edition’ is based closely on the all-new Kia pro_cee’d GT which made its global debut at the Geneva Show in March.  

Every Kia pro_cee’d GT 1st Edition is finished in Tri-coat  White and comes equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels featuring black high-gloss spokes, black high-gloss door mirror housings, stainless steel scuff plates with red illuminated GT badging and unique numbering, red cabin-footwell lighting and premium-quality velour floor mats with red double stitching. 

Adding to the cee’d family line-up 
The new pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT are built on the same production lines at Kia’s Zilina facility as the regular five-door cee’d and three-door pro_cee’d, the latter first launched at the 2012 Paris International Motor Show as the third member of the second generation Kia cee’d family.

Sharing many key attributes with the regular models upon which they are based, both the Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT have an overall length (4310 mm), width (1780 mm) and wheelbase (2650 mm) which are also the same as standard models.  For the pro_cee’d and pro_cee’d GT, the roofline is lowered by 40 mm, the B-pillar is moved back by 220 mm, the side panels behind the B-pillar are new, as are the side windows, C-pillar, tailgate, rear light clusters and rear bumper.


New Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT

Body and chassis 
Kia cee’d GT
Five-door, five-seater hatchback, with all-steel unitary construction bodyshell.  Transversely mounted turbocharged gasoline engine driving the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.  

Kia pro_cee’d GT
Three-door, five-seater coupe, with all-steel unitary construction bodyshell.  Transversely mounted turbocharged gasoline engine driving the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.  

Gasoline engine     
1.6-litre 204 ps       
Type / capacity  Gamma, T-GDI, four-cylinder, DOHC 16-valve / 1,591 cc
Power / torque  204 ps (150 kW) @ 6,000 rpm / 265 Nm @ 1,750-4,500 rpm
Bore x stroke (mm)  77.0 x 85.44
Compression ratio  9.5     
Manual  6-sp     
Suspension and damping     
Front  Fully independent subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar.   
Rear Fully independent subframe-mounted multi-links, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. 19 mm anti-roll stabiliser bar.   
Type  Motor-driven electric power steering     
Wheel turns  2.85 turns lock-to-lock; turning circle of 10.6 metres     
Front  Ventilated discs, 300 x 28 mm     
Rear  Solid discs, 284 x 10 mm     
Booster size  10-inch    
100-to-0 kph 36.4 metres    
Wheels and tyres     
Standard  18 x 7.5 inch alloy  Michelin 225/40 R18   
Spare  Temporary mobility kit    
Dimensions (mm)     
Kia cee’d GT      
Overall length  4,310 Overall width  1,780 (excluding door mirrors) 
Overall height  1,470  Wheelbase  2,650 
Front track  1,545  Rear track  1,553 
Front overhang  900  Rear overhang  760
 Ground clearance 140 Aerodynamic  Cd 0.30 
Interior  Front Rear   
Head room  1,018  976   
Leg room  1,067  894   
Shoulder room  1,420  1,392   
Hip room  1,360  1,295   
Kia pro_cee’d GT   
Overall length  4,310  Overall width  1,780 (excluding door mirrors) 
Overall height  1,430  Wheelbase  2,650 
Front track  1,545  Rear track  1,553 
Front overhang  900 Rear overhang 760 
Ground clearance 140  Aerodynamic Cd 0.30 
Interior  Front  Rear   
Head room  986  939   
Leg room  1,067 893   
Shoulder room  1,420  1,373   
Hip room  1,362  1,308   
Capacities (litres) 
Fuel tank  53.0     
Luggage  cee’d GT / pro_cee’d GT     
  380 / 380  rear seats upright  (up to belt line)   
  1,318 / 1,225  rear seats folded  (up to roof line)   
Weights  cee’d GT  pro_cee’d GT   
Kerb weight (kg)   1,382 1,359   
Maximum (kg)  1,870   1,850  
Top speed (kph)  230     
 0-to-100 kph (sec) 7.7     
Fuel consumption and emissions     
Litres / 100 km   7.4 combined    
CO2 (g/km)   171    

June 2013


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