Kia Proceed GT (2013) first specs of Kia’s warm hatch

Published: 03 December 2012

Here are the first official specifications of Kia’s warm hatch, plus a new sketch: the Proceed GT. Following on from last week’s sketch, Kia has confirmed the car will get over 200bhp, and boast a 7.9sec 0-62mph time.

Kia Proceed GT: the new details

With 201bhp, the Proceed GT sits a rung below the Focus ST and Vauxhall Astra VXR on the hot hatch ladder. Torque is also up in the new Kia, climbing to 195lb ft. Those figures represent 51% and 61% increases over the non-turbo 1.6-litre engine available in lesser Ceeds. Stronger engine internals and a twin-scroll turbocharger are responsible for the gains.

Kia plans to position the Proceed GT not as an outright hot hatch, but rather as a less extreme all-rounder: the hotter GT variants of the five-door Ceed and three-door Proceed are expected to cost around £21,000.

‘It’s more GT than GTI in terms of performance – it’s our first foray into this arena and we’re not gunning for the likes of the RS, Renaultsport and VXR models,’ said a spokesman. ‘But I think it certainly looks the part!’

What else can we expect of the Proceed GT production hatch?

Other alterations come in the shape on 18-inch wheels, a bodykit with red detailing and Recaro sports seats inside. For our earlier reports on the new Kia Proceed GT, click here.

By Ollie Kew

Former road tester and staff writer of this parish

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