Kia will bring six highly customized, hand-built concepts to the SEMA Show this year, each showcasing unique geographic regions found throughout the United States.
Representing the adventurous American South “and the inexplicable joy of getting dirty on four wheels” is the Forte Koup Mud Bogger, possibly the wildest of the six custom concepts.
In order to be able to tackle extreme terrain, the one-of-a-kind Koup was given a generous four-inch body and suspension lift along with meaty 28-inch (!) off-road tires.
Obviously, some modifications to the fenders and side skirts were needed to accommodate the massive wheel and tire combo, with custom riveted fender flares being added.
The Forte Koup Mud Bogger has a stripped-down interior where the carpet has been removed and the entire floor is lined with Line-X protective coating. The stock seats of the Forte Koup have been replaced with two Sparco Evo II Red Race Seats, while a hand-built roll cage powder coated white to match the wheels shows that this car means business.
A panoramic roof with a vinyl pushback top rounds out the styling changes. Kia didn’t say whether the Forte Koup Mud Bogger features more power, but that should go without saying given that it’s a car destined for off-road racing.