The original cee’d GT and pro_cee’d GT were launched in 2013, representing the first-ever performance hatchbacks from a Korean brand. The Ceed GT picks up where its predecessors left off, with an assured, engaging drive and a powerful 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, as well as a comprehensive range of comfort, safety and convenience technologies.
The Ceed GT features a sporty exterior design to differentiate it visually from other models in the Ceed range. Where the design of the Ceed range is characterised by its blend of taut creases and curvaceous sheet metal, the GT variant presents a more athletic proposition than conventional versions of the car. The new hot hatch also features a series of changes to its cabin to separate it from non-GT models in the Ceed family line-up, with a sportier interior ambience.
The Ceed GT has been engineered and developed exclusively for European roads and European drivers. At the direction of Albert Biermann, Head of Kia Vehicle Test and High Performance Development, the car has undergone six months of additional testing, above and beyond the standard Ceed model lineup. The brief was to enhance cornering agility and yaw behaviour, increase traction and responsiveness, and retain the “gran turismo” spirit of everyday usability that defines all Kia performance cars.
Downsized, turbocharged and quick to respond to driver inputs across the rev range, Kia’s 1.6-litre T-GDi engine has been updated to power the new Ceed GT. It produces 204hp at a 6000rpm peak, with maximum torque of 265Nm available across a wide 1500-to-4500rpm rev range. The result is an engine which delivers as much of its performance as possible across all driving conditions.
The Ceed GT is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard. In response to customer demand across Europe, Kia’s 7-speed dual-clutch transmission is also available for the first time in the brand’s performance hatchback. Developed in-house, the dual-clutch transmission further broadens the appeal of the Ceed GT, enabling quick-fire automatic gearshifts or letting drivers take over with metal-alloy paddles.