KIA Forte Koup Features Affordable Price For Nice Body

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For the first time, Koup was shown to the public in 2010, and its current second generation model debuted in March 2013 in New York. The US-spec of the car has been slightly modified, but the powertrain range, exterior and interior remains the same.

Looks Like Sedan But Only In Front

Externally, the coupe version of KIA Forte, of course, looks like a third-generation sedan, but in fact, it is borrowed only hood and front fenders from it. All other body elements were redrawn in the American division of KIA under the supervision of the chief designer Tom Kearns. As a result, the two-door has become more dynamic, sportier and more aggressive than the sedan, and at the same time acquired improved aerodynamics, which should positively affect the speed characteristics and fuel consumption.

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In terms of dimensions, coupe is smaller than sedan. The length of the body is 178.3″, the length of the wheelbase is 106.2″, the width of the car is 70″, and the height is limited to 55.9″. The curb weight, depending on the configuration, ranges from 2738 to 2985 lbs.

Spacious For a Coupe

The interior of the two-door Forte, despite having only two doors, is very roomy and calmly ready to receive three passengers in the back row. To facilitate the landing on the rear seats, the doorway was visibly enlarged, and the backs of the front seats received a larger angle of inclination.

For decoration of the interior, there are several options for trimming, the interior itself is executed in a modern style, supplemented with sports elements: pedals, side support seats and wells on the instrument panel. Despite a slight decrease in the overall dimensions of the body, the Forte Koup in the back compartment got a very decent trunk, capable of swallowing 15.2 cubic feet of cargo.

Not So Powerful

KIA Forte KOUP of the second generation is equipped with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine from the line of Nu. The motor has four cylinders of in-line arrangement, a 16-valve timing goes on regular gasoline, and its maximum output is 150 hp reached at 6500 rpm. The peak torque of the power plant is at around 143 ft lb and develops at 4800 rpm. As a gearbox, the car could be ordered with two 6-speed transmission choices: either manual or automatic.

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Coupled with the manual, 150-horsepower engine can accelerate the coupe to a maximum of 130 mph, spending an initial acceleration from 0 to 60 in just 8.5 seconds. Automatic will achieve the same speed limit, but the dynamics of acceleration will get a little worse – 9.0 seconds.

Technically Speaking

As we already noted, the sports coupe Forte Koup is built on the basis of the third generation of a four-door, but has a more rigid body and a retuned suspension. In front, the car rests on an independent spring structure with MacPherson struts and a stabilizer bar.

The back of the car is supported by a torsion beam CTBA (Coupled Torsion Beam Axle). The front wheels are equipped with ventilated disc brakes, and the rear axle wheels have simple disc mechanisms. Declared by the manufacturer braking distance of the coupe from 60 to a complete stop is 46.2 yards. The steering is supplemented by an electric booster with a function of selecting the operating mode of the Flex Steer.

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Summary

Rare type of 2-door affordable coupe, Forte Koup will get a minor update next year, still being average Forte, just in coupe body and with more powerful engine.

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