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2010 Kia Forte Koup Review

 

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A side view of a blue 2010 Kia Forte Koup

In short: A five-passenger coupe boasting both value and attitude.

Accompanying the new Kia Forte sedan is the 2010 Kia Forte Koup, a stylish two-door automobile offering a solid value in a sporty profile. The playfully named vehicle uses the same platform as the sedan version and is available in two trims — the base EX and the sportier SX — with both levels equipped with dual exhaust outlets to help strike a more forceful engine hum. Powering the five-passenger car is a 156-horsepower four-cylinder engine paired to a five-speed manual transmission, which contributes to its decent 34 mpg highway fuel economy. Kia claims that their Forte Koup is more powerful than the Honda Civic Coupe, Ford Focus Coupe and Chevrolet Cobalt Coupe. Standard to the auto are sport seats, air conditioning, power doors and windows, Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, and a six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with Sirius satellite radio. Leather upholstery and a power moonroof are optional.

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2011 Kia Forte Koup SX
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Warranty/Service: 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty;
5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and roadside assistance; 5-year/100,000-mile anti-perforation warranty.


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Base Price: $15,000

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 2-door coupe

Engine: 2.0-liter, DOHC inline four-cylinder with CVVT
Horsepower: 156 hp @ 6,200 rpm
Torque: 144 lb-ft @ 4,300 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual

Curb weight:
2,716 lb
Wheelbase: n/a
Length/Width/Height: 176.4/69.5/55.1 in
Turning circle: 33.8 ft

Brakes:
all-wheel power-assisted disc with ABS

Suspension: independent MacPherson struts in front; torsion beam with struts in rear; coil springs and stabilizer bars in front and rear
Traction:
electronic stability control

0-60 mph: 8.5 seconds (est.)
Top Speed: n/a

EPA City:
25 mpg
EPA Highway: 34 mpg

Safety:
dual front advanced airbags; front seat-mounted and side curtain airbags; tire pressure monitoring system

 

The No. 12 Kia Forte Koup race car on the track at the Homestead Miami Speedway in Miami, Florida

Gentlemen, Start Your Kia Koups!
The Kia Forte Koup is currently testing its mettle against a strong field of sports cars as a competitor in the 2010 GRAND-AM KONI Sports Car Challenge Series. With excellent results already posted at Daytona and the Homestead Miami Speedway, the Kia Motors team looks to continue its success throughout the 2010 season with its pair of performance-tuned Forte Koups.

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