Early this year at the Geneva Motor Show, Kia unveiled its new Pro_cee’d, a two-door rival to the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus, and Opel Astra. Now, the automaker is working on a hotter Gangnam-style version to battle it out with the Golf GTI, Focus ST, and Astra OPC.
Not much has been revealed about the Pro_cee’d GT – but so far all we know is that it will be powered by a turbocharged version of the brand’s 1.6-litre direct-injected I-4 mated to a six-speed manual. From the teaser sketch also released, we can see that the hatchback has gotten some cosmetic surgery done to it’s front fascia with additional LED running lights and a larger wheel and tire package.
Right now, the most potent engine option in the Pro_cee’d – a Europe-only offering – is a naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre I-4 rated at 133 hp and 121 lb-ft of torque paired with either a six-speed manual or dual-clutch transmission.
We can only assume that the GT will use a turbocharged version of this mill, but the question is how much more power will Kia be able to milk out of a four-cylinder? At minimum, the Pro_cee’d GT would need 67 more horsepower over the standard car to even try and compete with today’s 200 hp VW GTI. The Ford ST is rated at 252 hp, the Mazdaspeed3 at 263 hp, and the Astra OPC is good for 280 hp. That said, power is never the full story with hot hatches given that the GTI is one of the best-driving in the class despite its low horsepower rating.