The humble Cerato muscles up in GT guise
Kia muscled up at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas with a Cerato GT sedan that’s due in Australia in January. The Cerato GT — known as the Forte in the US and shown in lime green Federation livery — will be sold as a hatch or sedan with a 1.6-litre turbo (150kW/265Nm) powering the front wheels through a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
The Cerato will be the second GT model in Australia after the Stinger GT. The 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 was also on show, dressed in the livery of the Queensland Police.
Kia Australia spokesman Kevin Hepworth says official interest in the Stinger continues to develop, so expect to see hundreds of the rearwheel drive performance cars packing blue and white or highway patrol livery in the near future.
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