• Kia 2020 Forte GT revealed at SEMA

Kia 2020 Forte GT revealed at SEMA

Kia exhibited the turbocharged, performance oriented 2020 Forte GT at SEMA.

Avatar By: Wheels.ca November 10, 2018

Kia unveiled the 2020 Forte GT, at the recent SEMA Show in Las Vegas marking the introduction of two exhilarating GT sport trims new to the Forte family of compact sedans.

Race-inspired visual upgrades and added premium amenities are just some of the elements that come as part of the GT sport trims, though an available turbocharged engine and sportier suspension setup take the Forte’s performance and fun-to-drive athleticism to the next level.

For those who want the most out of the Forte GT, the trim can be elevated with available GT1 and GT2 packages. Pricing will be announced closer to the 2020 Forte’s on-sale date.

While models wearing the “GT Line” badge keep the naturally aspirated 147 hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT), the higher GT trim takes the Forte’s performance and athleticism to the next level with a DOHC turbocharged 1.6-litre inline four-cylinder direct injection engine.

Kia 2020 Forte GT revealed at SEMA

Output is an estimated 201 hp and 195 lb/ft of torque which is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission or seven-speed dual clutch transmission (models with the latter transmission receive steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters).

A fully independent front and rear suspension, paired with larger front disc brakes and sway bars, deliver better handling and cornering, improved ride quality, and enhanced stability and steering.

Befitting a true compact sport sedan, the Forte GT is available with sticky 225/40R-18 Michelin Pilot Sport Summer tires.

GT1 and GT2 packages improve the Forte’s interior environment with LED overhead lighting and power sunroof, a 320-watt Harman Kardon premium eight-speaker audio system complete with Clari-Fi technology, wireless charging, 4.2-inch center LCD screen and dual-zone full automatic air conditioning.

Forte GTs with the GT2 package are further differentiated with heated and ventilated SOFINO GT sport seating and a 10-way power driver’s seat.

Kia 2020 Forte GT revealed at SEMA

First Drive: 2019 Kia Forte

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