Very few people know about one of Korea’s most talked about compact cars and it has the potential to be developed into a quality speedster.
The key to selling any performance-oriented car is the need for the marketing “machine” to work for the car. This includes different types of videos with drag races, the remapping of a car’s electronic control unit and those promoting every important detail of the car – including the coil-over springs for suspension.
Until recently, the Kia Pro_Cee’d GT – which has shown how Kia believes in the European market that this car would attract consumers – has lacked in that department until one company did some work to the Korean speedster. But after some simple modifications, the Cee’d GT can have just as much power as other notable European speedy compact cars.
Building on what’s there
The stock vehicle – a compact car produced and released exclusively in the European market – includes a stock output of a 1.6-liter gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine with a twin-scroll turbo system with 204 horsepower – or Pferdestarke (PS), German for horse-strength – and 265 Newton metre of torque. The stock engine is strong enough to propel the car to 60 miles per hour in about 7.4 seconds.
Granted the key about the Cee’d GT is the suspension being able to provide an agile and sporting ride with steering that is responsive to the driver’s quick reflexes.
After the completion of the engine mapping with Shiftech Lyon – an automotive customization agency Saint-Priest, Rhone, France – increases the engine to 247 PS and 413 Nm of torque. It’s not surprising to find that amount of power coming out of a 1.6-liter GDI engine when considering the Peugeot RCZ R has 270 PS – a similar model to the Pro_Cee’d GT.
The result of the modification gives the Kia Pro_Cee’d GT more noticeable grunt than a Volkswagen Golf GTI – which includes a 265 horsepower engine. But smaller engines are not ideal for cars that set the benchmark in the C-segment – the classification for compact cars in North America and in Europe. The fastest models have at least a 2.0-liter engines, or slightly more, under the hood.
Still room to improve
It’s why some people have dropped the 1.6-liter for a 2-liter TwinPower Turbo engine – an engine that produces just as much power as the six-cylinder while using about 15 percent less fuel – a move to downsizing turbocharged engines.
There are still some issues, considering the car is still a full second lower to reach 60 miles per hour than some of its rivals in the compact car industry, but that’s due to the inefficient size of the engine
But the Korean-made vehicle is also well stocked with a standard kit featuring liquid-crystal display, black Recaro seats, red brake calipers, dual exhaust pipes, unique LED daytime running lights and 18-inch wheels. Yet the impressive grip, handling and real world performance have shown the Cee’d GT as a top-notch choice for the sporting consumers, including the Kia Racing team in the Swedish Touring Car Championship has entered a few of these models into the series before it folded in 2010.