Kia's hot new saloon will hit 62mph in 5.1 seconds

Kia's hot new saloon will hit 62mph in 5.1 seconds

Kia's hot new saloon will hit 62mph in 5.1 seconds

Kia has released a video showing its hot new performance saloon taking on the 0-62mph acceleration test at its Namyang R&D centre in South Korea.

The brief 30-second clip doesn’t tell us much about the car, but it does reveal a target 0-62mph figure of 5.1 seconds.

That makes it faster than any Kia currently on sale in Europe, and faster than a Honda Civic Type R.

A previous teaser video showed the car taking on ‘The Green Hell’ of the Nurburgring Nordschleife, hitting 150mph on the Dottinger-Hohe straight.

Technical details are being kept quiet for now, but it’s based on the Kia GT concept of the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. That packed a 390hp 3.3-litre turbo V6, along with rear-wheel-drive and suicide doors.

Kia poached BMW’s M Division dynamics chief Albert Biermann in 2014. The firm has been introducing fast halo models across its range, including the 250hp Optima GT – but says it has no plans to introduce a performance sub-brand, like Hyundai’s ‘N’ brand.