All-New Kia Rio Suits Up In Virtual GT Guise Already

While the regular Kia Rio has the Renault Clio and Ford Fiesta in its sight, the GT version will go hunting for their performance-oriented RS and ST versions.

Based on the fourth generation model that surfaced online recently prior to its Paris Auto Show presentation, the hot hatch supermini will sport a bolder front fascia and rear end, adorned with the GT badges, and a larger set of wheels, similar to what X-Tomi did in this rendering.

On the technical side, a stiffer suspension will allow it to corner faster over the standard variants, while bringing the body closer to the road. There aren’t any details on the powertrain yet, except for a rumor about a three-cylinder turbo, though if it’s to match the likes of the 180 PS Fiesta ST, we’d hedge our bets on a four-banger.

Development of Korean-made hot hatches won’t end once the new Kia Rio GT will break cover, as sister-brand Hyundai has an ace up its sleeve too – the i20 N, a more hardcore vehicle underpinned by the same platform, which will be part of the new N performance division.

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  • smartacus

    that Hungarian X-tomi is a brilliant genius.
    How did he make that car look beautiful like that??

  • now that looks awesome!

  • Evo45

    If a powerful 3-cylinder happens, then it would be a direct rival to Ford Fiesta Red/Black and probably VW Polo BlueGT. We need some numbers though.

  • Six_Tymes

    This really looks great! If they released it exactly as seen here it would sell like crazy.

  • xDRAN0x

    That design trend for the wheels has to stop.

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