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Kia Forte returns and with more
The KiaForte Koup made quite an impression in its first year: it was named “Car of the Year” by NADAGuides.com and served as the basis for Kia Motors America’s (KMA) first-ever U.S. motorsports program with two Koups competing in the 2010 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.
KMA’s first-ever two-door coupe returns it’s for its sophomore year and continues to showcase with its performance-inspired, aggressive and smooth styling. Following the lead of sibling Forte compact sedan, Forte Koup embodies the brand’s current design-led transformation and raises the bar in its segment with impressive style and a blend of standard comfort, technology, performance and safety features that results in a comprehensive package.
Available in two trim levels (EX and SX), Forte Koup surrounds its occupants with the latest in must-have technology, with all models featuring Bluetooth1 wireless technology connectivity and steering wheel-mounted controls that enable voice-activated hands-free operation for compatible cell phones. For listening convenience, steering wheel-mounted audio controls also come standard on all models, as do USB and auxiliary input jacks in the center console with full iPod2 and MP3 controllability via the audio head unit or the steering wheel-mounted controls. A six-speaker AM/FM/ CD/MP3 audio system outfitted with SIRIUS Satellite Radio and three months of complimentary service3 also comes standard on all models, while speaker lights that can either pulse to the beat of the music or simply add mood lighting come standard on all SX models to enhance the personal lounge feeling of the interior.
Based on the KOUP concept vehicle debuted during the 2008 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), and voted a “Best in Show” by MSN Autos after its official unveiling during the 2009 NYIAS, Forte Koup’s fluid lines and balanced proportions closely mirror the powerful design cues of the concept vehicle and offer the same refined and athletic stance with swept-back wrap-around headlamps, aggressive air intakes and a low, sleek profile. Forte Koup offers a muscular yet sophisticated design, and even from behind, the two-door coupe exudes attitude with slim, wrapped tail lamps, dual exhaust outlets and a rear diffuser.
Standard exterior features are plentiful throughout the Forte Koup EX, including redesigned power heated outside mirrors with LED integrated turn signal indicators, dual chrome exhaust outlets, body-color bumpers and 16-inch alloy wheels outfitted with 205/55R16 Hankook or Nexen tires and five-spoke alloy wheels. The SX trim offers an even more powerful profile with 17-inch alloy wheels paired with 215/45R17-sized premium Goodyear tires and distinctive black-accented 10-spoke alloy wheels. Buyers can choose from an exciting array of exterior colors, including Titanium, Spicy Red, Corsa Blue, Copperhead and Racing Red.
With a wheelbase of 104.3 inches, an overall length of 176.4 inches, an overall width of 69.5 inches and overall height of 55.1 inches, the Forte Koup body is 2.4 inches lower, 2.0 inches shorter and 0.4 inches narrower than its sedan sibling, but with the same wheelbase as the sedan Koup provides comfortable seating for up to five passengers. Koup’s lowered stance provides smooth aerodynamics for a more exciting and spirited ride with a highly competitive coefficient of drag (Cd) of 0.31, which helps improve air flow over, under and around the vehicle, and an aerodynamic lift coefficient (Ci) of just 0.21 that helps increase stability at higher speeds.
The two-door body’s high torsional stiffness gives Forte Koup taut, responsive handling, a smoother ride quality and greater refinement than its competitors. Tuned in the U.S. to appeal to livelier driver preferences, the suspension is refined for responsive handling on snaking roads. Built on a lightweight, hydro-formed subframe, Koup’s front suspension employs MacPherson struts similar to the sedan, however high-speed stability has been enhanced by lowering the ride height and widening the wheel track. The SX trim also comes with a sport-tuned suspension set to provide a firmer ride with reduced body roll and improved handling.
An engine-speed-sensitive, power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system with high gearing adds the finishing touch for precise driver input to help provide the most advantageous amount of assist for varying road conditions. The smart front suspension design allows for a highly competitive turning circle of just 33.9 feet, or 35.4 feet when outfitted with 17-inch alloy wheels.
Additional refinements are utilized throughout Forte Koup to help ensure a comfortable ride while significantly reducing noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). Koup is equipped with a lower bumper bottom lip, underfloor airflow deflectors ahead of all four wheels and an engine bay cover, which all assist in reducing drag. Additionally, all-new noise-lowering materials are used in the engine bay bulkhead and rear parcel shelf, including the injection of sound-dampening foam into hollow sections of the bodyshell at strategic noise-transference points and improved door and window seals.
Truly a driver’s car, Koup is driven by a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine, producing 156 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque4 that features Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) and multi-port electronic fuel injection, both of which allow for greater performance and fuel economy. The SX features an upgraded 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine, also with CVVT, which delivers 173 horsepower and 168 pound-feet of torque5. Expanding upon the dynamic look and feel, Forte Koup benefits from a dual-outlet exhaust outfitted on both trims.
Like the Forte sedan, four transmission options are available for 2011 Forte Koup models: a standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive (EX models), while the SX model features a standard six-speed manual transmission and an optional six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and Sportmatic.
Forte Koup fuel economy is not sacrificed for performance as both engines deliver at least 31 miles per gallon (highway). The 2.0-liter engine offers 25/34 mpg6 (city/highway) when mated with either the five-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic. Those opting for the more powerful 2.4-liter engine can expect an economical 22/326 mpg with the six-speed manual and 23/316 when paired with the five-speed automatic transmission.
With a surprisingly spacious interior for a two-door coupe, Forte Koup provides a comfortable 90.7 cubic feet of interior volume. Driver and passengers have an impressive 38.7 inches of headroom and 43.6 inches of legroom in the front seats and 35.3 inches of headroom and 33.9 inches of legroom in the rear seats. Trips to the beach and weekend getaways are a breeze with ample cargo space of 12.6 cubic feet, enough to accommodate luggage and belongings, while 60/40-split folding rear seats that fold nearly flat extend the available amount of cargo space even further.
Forte Koup continues the comfort treatment with a host of standard interior features, beginning with supportive, nicely appointed sport seats outfitted with more aggressive bolsters on the seat cushion and seat back for optimal comfort and support. Additional standard equipment on all Forte Koup models includes air conditioning, power windows, power door locks with remote keyless entry, cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls, a driver’s seat height adjuster, adjustable rear seat headrests, tilt steering column, rear defroster, redesigned center console with dual cup holders and storage area, dual map lamps with ceiling-mounted, drop-down sunglasses holder and variable intermittent windshield wipers.
Progressing to the SX trim offers additional standard touches such as: paddle shifters (new for 2011), auto headlamps, unique cloth seats with vibrant red stitching, a tilt and telescopic steering column, speaker lights, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, metal pedals and metal finish trim. Both EX and SX trims also offer a host of options, including a new for 2011 navigation system, auto temperature control, push button start and power sunroof with tilt.
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