Thursday, August 15, 2013

Kia previews upcoming ‘impish’ car ahead of Frankfurt debut



Kia’s latest teaser is undoubtedly a small car, the SRT wins its first American Le Mans race with the Viper GTS-R and Honda revealed the latest addition to the Civic family

With a design that is “playful yet gutsy” and “sturdy yet impish”, Kia remains at the driving force of an all-new, prospective B-series subcompact car. As with many other Kia vehicles, the Koren automaker hopes to pack in “intriguing elements not always associated with smaller cars and has been created,” reads its press release.


It may not be ultimately guaranteed for North American production, but the new “impish” Kia will draw inspiration from Hyundai’s B-segment offering in Europe, the i20. Powered by a grand total of seven possible engine options, the i20 slots below the Accent in terms of size. Keep an eye out at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September for a better look at the concept as well as some more details, such as a name.

After hitting racetracks for one year, Team SRT is finally walking away with a win at the American Le Mans series with the Viper GTS-R. The #91 car, driven by Marc Goossens and Dominik Farnbacher, was the first to cross the finish line this past weekend at Road America in Wisconsin, edging out Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen in the Corvette C6 ZR1.

Not only is this the first win for the Viper in its current incarnation, it is also the first win since the Viper last competed in motorsports in 2000. Its fastest lap time around the course was with Canada’s own Kuno Wittmer behind the wheel, clocking 2:05.990. Still, that’s nothing compared to 2:03.410, the time the #93 SRT Viper qualified with.

Made from the purest of unobtanium for the North American market, Honda recently peeled back the covers from the all-new, Europe-only Civic Tourer. It will be powered by your choice of a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine good for 118 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, or the trademark 1.8L i-VTEC motor that pumps out 140 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque.

With more than 22 cubic feet of trunk space with the rear seats folded up, it trumps the five-door Civic hatchback (also unavailable in North America) considerably. The Civic Tourer is also the first in the family to see adaptive suspension dampening in the rear, as opposed to the industry norm, and will be shown at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Though its unlikely the Civic Tourer will find its way to North America is highly unlikely, one can dare to dream.

source: life.nationalpost