Kia’s Forte Koup is already a looker, but it seems the Korean automaker is dressing up its compact two door for the Canadian market with the new SX- and EX-R package.
Built upon a standard Koupe, the package visually ties the Koup to the cars Kia entered into the Grand Am series earlier this year. The four-piece body kit includes a new front lip, side sills, and rear decklid spoiler. Furthering the menacing look is the car’s stance. New springs lower the ride height by 1.3,” and the stock wheels are replaced by 18-inch aluminum pieces shod in Yokohama S-drive rubber.
Although the model retains the stock 156-horsepower, 2.0-liter I-4 SX and 173-horsepower 2.4-liter EX, a high-flow air intake and exhaust could bump that figure up by roughly 10 horsepower. A strut bar is also included to help improve handling.
The R parts will be available as a dealer-installed accessory package. Canadians should be able to begin ordering the package come mid-May. As for the equipment heading to the states, “the parts are specific to Canada,” Kia told us. But added enthusiasm may help Kia decide to bring the goods here.