Pro_cee’d GT hits ex­cite­ment rev lim­iter

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The most ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated new model in Kia’s his­tory, the ex­cit­ing three-door pro_cee’d GT, is now avail­able in Aus­tralia.

Stylish, prac­ti­cal and with a gen­uine lean­ing to­wards fun the pro_cee’d GT is the sec­ond tur­bocharged model to join the Kia Aus­tralia garage, fol­low­ing on from the new gen­er­a­tion Cerato Koup.

Since the pro_cee’d GT made its pub­lic de­but at the 2013 Geneva Mo­tor Show, per­for­mance-minded driv­ers have been keen to get their hands on Kia’s most sporty model.

Pow­ered by a tur­bocharged ver­sion of the ‘ Gamma’ 1.6-litre di­rect-in­jec­tion petrol en­gine, the pro_cee’d GT guar­an­tees en­gag­ing per­for­mance for a sports coupe de­signed not to be the most pow­er­ful in class but with ev­ery­day us­abil­ity and ci­vil­ity in mind. It can ac­cel­er­ate from 0-100km/h in 7.7 sec­onds on the way to a top speed of 230km/h.

Ex­ten­sive Aus­tralian in­put into an al­ready re­fined sus­pen­sion has re­sulted in the pro_cee’d GT hav­ing road man­ners at the leading edge of both en­thu­si­as­tic en­gage­ment and day-to-day prac­ti­cal­ity.

In­creased damper re­bound and com­pres­sion rates, stiffer springs and bushes and a larger rear anti-roll bar are joined by stylish 18-inch al­loy wheels shod with Miche­lin Pi­lot Sport 3 tyres to en­sure max­i­mum driver and pas­sen­ger en­joy­ment.

A high­light of the Aus­tralian tun­ing is the unique steer­ing map which gives the car an en­gag­ing and di­rect con­nec­tion to the driver. The pro_cee’d GT is pow­ered by a new tur­bocharged ver­sion of Kia’s 1.6-litre ‘Gamma’ en­gine, de­vel­op­ing 150kW and 265Nm of torque.

The Tur­bocharged Gaso­line Di­rect in­jec­tion en­gine de­vel­ops its 150 kW at 6000 rpm, but what re­ally gives the GT its in­stan­ta­neous re­sponse and rapid ac­cel­er­a­tion is the 265 Nm of torque avail­able with­out in­ter­rup­tion from 1750 rpm to 4500 rpm. The pro_cee’d GT ac­cel­er­ates from 80-120 km/h in fifth gear in 7.3 sec­onds. More than 80 per cent of max­i­mum torque is avail­able from less than 1500 rpm.

The en­gine drives through a slick-shift­ing six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion fea­tur­ing re­vised ra­tios and a lower fi­nal drive to al­low the GT to make the most of its torque with min­i­mal fuel con­sump­tion.

For the GT, the al­ready sporty and ath­letic lines of the pro_cee’d have been lay­ered with vis­ually ex­cit­ing ad­di­tions at the front, rear and sides.

For a full run­down on the pro_ cee’d GT, call into Thomp­son Kia, Be­nalla road Shep­par­ton. Or call Gary on 58222666.

Pow­ered by a tur­bocharged ver­sion of the ‘Gamma’ 1.6-litre di­rect-in­jec­tion petrol en­gine, the pro_cee’d GT guar­an­tees en­gag­ing per­for­mance

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