The hum­ble Cerato mus­cles up in GT guise

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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.

Kia wasn’t the only maker to show its af­ter­mar­ket wares in Ne­vada. These are some of the shini­est and smartest cars on the stands.

FORD

The Blue Oval hauled out no less than seven Rangers at SEMA, sev­eral of which were de­vel­oped in-house. Lead­ing the fray was the Pre-Run­ner with Fox/BDS sus­pen­sion, elec­tronic lock­ing rear diff, re­vised ex­haust, “desert racer” front bumper with skid plate and rock slider side steps.

The Ranger Base Camp was de­signed for the fam­ily that wants to go to ex­tremes. The kit-out adds a Fox/BDS Sus­pen­sion three-inch lift kit World cham­pion drifter Vaughn Git­tin Jr has teamed with Ford Per­for­mance to cre­ate the Se­ries 1 Mus­tang RTR. The car uses Ford Per­for­mance sus­pen­sion with ad­justable sway bars that can change the chas­sis bal­ance for pas­sive or ac­tive sus­pen­sions to suit “twisty back road driv­ing, lay­ing down lap times, drift­ing or blast­ing down a drag strip”. The bad news is it’s a US-only kit and limited to 500 or­ders.

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