Thursday, 9 February 2012 1:50 PM
After teasing us with a design sketch and a dark picture of the back of the car as it drove into a sunset, Kia has now revealed the Track'ster concept car at the Chicago Auto Show. But while it looks like it could be a sales winner, there are no immediate plans to put it into production. But it is based on the popular Soul so we are tipping this one will certainly provide plenty of inspiration for the next Soul and hopefully other Kia hatches. Indeed, with all-wheel drive, wicked three-door design, a low-riding stance, sports suspension, racing seats, 14-inch Brembo brakes up front and 13.6-inch discs at the rear, and 250bhp, could this be the basis of a new Kia hot hatch?
There's definitely a hint of the Volkswagen Scirocco at the back and the Renault Clio at the front and performance is 66% up on that of the Soul with a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline four engine under the hood.
As well as these lovely clear pictures, what else can we tell you about the concept car created in Kia's California Design Studio? The colour scheme is Whiteout and Inferno Orange, there are LED driving lights and the grille features an air intake slit trimmed in lightweight carbon fibre. The wheels are custom HRE-K1 monoblock billet performance wheels, a joint effort of Kia’s California design team and HRE. The wheels are wrapped in 245/40-19-inch front and massive 285/35-19-inch rear Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 high-performance tyres. Wheelbase is 101.2-inches, almost an inch longer than the Soul.
Inside, there are orange suede racing seats, grey leather on the sport steering wheel and door panels, lovely large instruments, a touch-screen panel for navigation, entertainment and ventilation controls and a stop-start button. Further indicating that this is car made for track fun, the back seat has been taken out and instead there's a fully integrated equipment tray and spare-tyre well.
Large paneled bins could be used to stow racing gear such as helmets, suits, gloves and tools while emergency supplies are housed within a separate orange container. A custom rear strut brace incorporates a quick-release handle to allow for fast wheel changes – perfect for your pit crew. Now if only this concept dream could become a production reality.
By Georgia Lewis
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