A class above the rest

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air to the back of the driver and pas­sen­ger.

Mak­ing its de­but in the Op­tima GT is the new smart­phone wire­less charger. The charger has an over­heat pro­tec­tion fea­ture that de­tects the tem­per­a­ture of the ther­mis­tor in the wire­less charger mod­ule and au­to­mat­i­cally turns it off should the tem­per­a­ture get too high.

Other in­te­rior fea­tures in­clude a seven-inch TFT LCD screen for the en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem that has MP3, MP4, Blue­tooth, iPod con­nec­tiv­ity and a Mir­rorLink fea­ture that links the screen of the phone to the cen­tre-mounted dis­play screen.

The all-new Kia Op­tima GT is pow­ered by the new Theta II 2.0 T-GDI tur­bocharged petrol en­gine, which is mated to a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

The pow­er­train pro­duces 242hp at 6,000rpm and an im­pres­sive 350Nm of torque from just 1,400rpm. This makes the Op­tima GT one of the most pow­er­ful in its class and on par with some of the larger Euro­pean sedans.

Its per­for­mance fig­ures are also im­pres­sive. It can go from 0kph to 100kph in 7.4 sec­onds and the fuel con­sump­tion is rated at 8.5 litres for every 100km trav­elled on the com­bined cy­cle.

The car has three driv­ing modes – Sport, Nor­mal and Eco. The Sport mode ad­justs the sen­si­tiv­ity of the throt­tle for max­i­mum per­for­mance and the steer­ing wheel feels heav­ier for pre­cise con­trol of the car at high speed.

The Nor­mal mode takes the throt­tle and steer­ing wheel back to its usual fac­tory set­tings while the Eco mode re­duces throt­tle sen­si­tiv­ity, light­ens the steer­ing wheel and slows down the air-con­di­tion­ing sys­tem to re­duce fuel con­sump­tion.

On the safety front, the Kia Op­tima GT is fit­ted with six airbags. There is also an ar­se­nal of elec­tronic safety fea­tures such as the anti-lock brak­ing sys­tem (ABS), elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol (ESC), ve­hi­cle sta­bil­ity con­trol (VSM), hill-start as­sist con­trol (HAC) and Emer­gency Stop Sig­nal (ESS), which au­to­mat­i­cally flashes a haz­ard warn­ing when the emer­gency brakes are ap­plied.

The All-New Kia Op­tima GT comes in three colours: Grav­ity Blue, Aurora Black and Snow White Pearl. It is avail­able in show­rooms na­tion­wide.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.kia.com.

The new KIA Op­tima GT com­bines a lux­u­ri­ous and spa­cious in­te­rior with a sporty ex­te­rior and pow­er­ful per­for­mance.

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