|Kia Cerato Koup|
Kia is gearing up to inject some excitement into its sleek Koup.
The Korean brand is set to finally install sports car performance in its two-door coupe with sources close to the company indicating the next Cerato Koup due in 2013 will be turbocharged.
The Koup is expected to get the same 1.6-litre turbocharged engine as the three-door Veloster Turbo recently unveiled by Kia's parent company, Hyundai.
That means around 155kW of power and 265Nm of torque (up from 115kW and 194Nm with the 2.0-litre engine), which in the Veloster Turbo translates to a sprint from 0-100km/h in a sprightly 7.5 seconds.
The Koup should follow the Veloster Turbo's lead in bypassing the six-speed dual-clutch auto that is available with non-turbocharged version of the 1.6-litre engine because it's unable to handle the increased power outputs of the uprated engine.
Instead, the choice of a conventional single-clutch six-speed auto and a six-speed manual are the likely choices.
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