2020 Kia Forte GT, Performance Editions at 2018 SEMA Show

Kia showcased some stellar vehicles at this year’s SEMA Show, like the 2020 Telluride and its handful of special-built editions. The Forte is another Kia vehicle that was prominently featured with the 2020 Kia Forte GT and two other models enhanced with high performance. 

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2020 Kia Forte GT

Kia’s new performance Forte, the GT, launched at SEMA following in the footsteps of last year’s Stinger GT debut at the show. The Forte GT is outfitted with a 201-horsepower turbocharged engine, fully independent front and rear suspension and sport-tuned exhaust that gives a big growl. All of these features come straight from the factory. A six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission are both available as well.

Other notable features of the 2020 Forte GT include a leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters, alloy sport pedals, “Sofino” GT sport seats with contrast piping and performance side bolsters, LED ambient interior lighting with illuminated GT dash inlay, 18-inch high-performance Michelin Sport summer tires and rear spoiler.

The 2020 Kia Forte GT will be available for purchase next summer in GT1 and GT2 packages.

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2019 Kia Forte Federation

This may be our favorite of all three Fortes featured this year at SEMA thanks to its mean look and vibrant green color. It has been equipped with cool aftermarket parts by top suppliers. Its front lip spoiler, front air curtains, side skirts, rear diffuser and rear deck spoiler are all made by Air Design for both an aggressive look and aerodynamic performance. 

A K&N cold air intake works alongside a Borla axle-back performance exhaust makes the Forte Federation sound real good. In addition, this Forte has Eibach progressive-rate sport springs, TSW 19-inch “Motorsport” wheels and Falken ultra-high-performance tires.

All of these parts are available for sale from these brands so you can recreate the Federation or make your own Forte custom. 

Oh, and if you’re wondering, the paint color is called Vivid Lime. 

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Kia Forte Drift Car

Kia partnered with Red Bull to build this cool drifter, which was the star of a few Kia commercials. The drift car was build from a production Forte EX and modified with the Stinger GT’s twin-turbo V6 to become a 375-horsepower rear-wheel-drive monster. It has a custom intake manifold, six-speed sequential transmission, quick change rear differential, hybrid drift/grip suspension, hydraulic rear hand brake, customer wide body aerodynamics and a roll cage.

The Kia Forte Drift Car is truly one of a kind.

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