“Forte” is an expression of power, of strength; of an exceptional ability cutting above the rest. In music, it means to be louder, bolder, stronger–to feel the rush unleashed in a snap. In life, it’s reflected through the people with the desire for speed. The Kia Forte GT is a feisty echo of that ignited passion.
This car radiates power, with styling cues from the intimidating Kia Stinger. Its aggressive fascia with signature LEDs is complemented by a blacked-out ‘Tiger Nose Grill’ with red accents. In the rear, there are dual exhaust pipes, a ducktail spoiler in black and again, a signature LED rear lighting. The Forte GT has a brawny beltline, giving it a well-proportioned shape.
Looking at it gives an immediate impression that’s in a sense, provocative. It’s a car with all the drive inside waiting to be let loose. And as in any Kia car bearing the GT badge, pushing the Start button makes all the difference.
Driving the Forte is like taking a speed-pill. It’s the most powerful compact sedan in its class; leaving its Japanese and even entry British rivals miles behind. Shifting it to ‘Sport Mode’ means business. Doing so unleashes all of Forte GT’s 204 horses under the hood, thanks to its 1.6-liter Inline-4 Turbocharged Gasoline Direct Injection Engine. A maximum pull of 265 Nm is on tap from around 1,500-4,500rpm, making this vehicle quick on overtakes. Even for a front-wheel drive, the feisty car on seven-speed dual-clutch transmission makes the car more responsive and gives an overall adrenaline-pumped connection between car and driver… now if that isn’t provocative enough.
The Forte’s interior too, evokes the sensation of speed. The driver-focused cabin has sporty circular vents on both ends. Tactile connection between car and driver is evident with the layout of buttons and knobs under the eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system. As cool as it looks, the car also gives the optimal temperature with the dual-zone climate control. Comfort is uncompromised, with powered leather seats with contrast stitching finished off with a special GT badge.
Up in the cockpit, the analog gauges only add to the racing aura. Meanwhile, the steering wheel control buttons give access to the car’s dynamics and other functions such as cruise control and its flat bottom shape with a GT marque caps of the performance flare.
The Kia Forte GT is not for the fainthearted. It’s for people with the audacity to perform on and off the racetrack.
SRP for the Kia Forte GT starts at PHP1.65 million.
Now That’s a Kia!
The Kia Forte GT is an award-winning vehicle, gaining recognition as the highest-ranked entry in the compact car segment for the US J.D. Power 2019 APEAL Study and the best-in-class for the 2019 Autopacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards.
Kia offers the Power to Surprise with continuous innovation in product development and services. Kia is recognized as one of Interbrand’s Best Global Brands 2018. Kia Philippines, headquartered in Manila, continues to be one of the rising automotive brands in the country. Now under the Ayala Group of Companies, Kia is committed to provide quality vehicles with a wide dealer network and outstanding aftersales support.
For more information on Kia Philippines’ product line-up, log on to www.kia.com/ph or visit any of its dealerships nationwide.
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