Most Kia fans are familiar with the unique look of the Kia Soul, which opened the door to Kia's more sporty possibilities.
Recently seen at the Chicago Auto Show was the the 2012 Kia Track'ster concept, inspired by the Kia Soul in its creation. You will find yourself looking at this Kia concept twice because of its unique look.
This car has a bold new look never before seen in Kia automobiles. Its colors are an eye-catching contrast of the colors "whiteout" and "inferno orange" highlights on the roof and the lower valance of the car, which sits only several inches off of the ground. The car is overall about five inches wider than the Kia soul.
The lower set intake grille at the front of the vehicle gives it a tougher look as well, also allowing increased amounts of airflow to the 2.0 liter turbo-charged engine.
While the engine isn't large, it delivers sufficient power at 247 horsepower, which is two thirds more power than the Kia Soul. It is equipped with four wheel drive and a manual six speed transmission for more control while driving the car. The lower sports suspension of the Track'ster concept gives it better handling as well, so the average driver can handle corners more like a track car.
In the Back
An additional fun feature is that helmets, suits, tools, spare tire, and other emergency equipment are stored in the back where they are easily accessible, instead of the rear seats. There are nice touches such as the suede granite grey steering wheel and orange suede covered racing seats. The entertainment features are accessible through a touch screen console.
While Kia is not officially planning to produce the Track'ster concept for the mainstream public, it's definitely an outstanding example of just how different their future Kia Soul cars and other models may look in the future.
|Vehicle Type: Hatch||Base Price: NA|
|Engine: Turbo Inline 4||Displacement: 2.0 Liter|
|Horsepower: 247 HP||Transmission: 6-Speed Manual|