According to Michael Sprague, the vice-president of Marketing in KMA, “On the heel of the introductions of the Soul and Forte sedan, Kia Forte Koup represents the next exciting step in the transformation of Kia design and offers a blend of sporty and emotional appeal. We believe our new design evolution coupled with standard Kia value and safety features will continue to attract customers to the Kia brand.”
The car comes expectedly with a sporty outlook and definitely performance oriented to the max. Its standard specifications include 16-inch alloy wheels with P205/55R16 tires. For those who are willing to go a step further, the SX version comes equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels with P215/45R17 tyres. Its front-wheel drive unibody frame means that the Forte Koup is stable enough and efficiently tuned like a sedan car while the SX version has added features which maintains stability and better handling features.
To say the least, this car outperforms most other competitors in its class including the Coupe versions of the Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cobalt and the Honda Civic, what more with its CVVT (Continous Variable Valve Timing) 2.0 DOHC engine, it is capable of 156 horsepower and 144 lb-ft of torque. Of course, the higher range would be the SX, easily giving you 173 horsepowers and 168 lb-ft of torque in its 2.4 DOHC CVVT engine.
The Kia Forte Koup comes either in the 5 speed manual or the 4 speed automatic transmissions while the SX gives you the 6 speed manual and the 5 speed Sportmatic automatic transmissions respectively. All other accessories are pretty much standard like customizable driver’s seat height, adjustable rear seat headrests and power windows and door locks with remote keyless entry and many more. Entertainment wise, you will find the MP3 CD player is blasted through its 6 speaker sound system included in its SIRIUS Satellite Radio feature. iPod or other MP3 portable players can also be plugged in through its USB ports.