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Monday, November 2, 2015

2016 Kia Optima Loses its Lid for the Sunshine State: SEMA Show



Kia Motors America may be headquartered in Irvine, California, but the Korean automaker will strut some Florida style when it brings this concept car to the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Meet the Kia A1A Optima concept, a car inspired by Florida’s sun-soaked A1A highway. 
In its transformation from 2016 Optima to over-the-top concept, Kia has removed the sedan’s roof and ramped-up the car’s windshield rake, giving it the look of a more organic convertible. The modifications certainly didn’t end there, however.

A vibrant hue of blue paint covers the car’s exterior, complemented by glistening 20-inch wheels, a low-slung Ksport coilover suspension, and a high performance exhaust, which backs up to the Optima’s 2.0-liter 245 horsepower turbocharged engine.

 Out back, the rear doors now swing backward to open and reveal a butter-cream interior featuring two pairs of bucket seats. Kia says some substantial chassis bracing has been fitted underneath the car’s body to cope with the chopped roof and miles of headroom.


As concepts go, it’s a bit of an odd duck for the sensible Korean automaker, however it is arguably the most practical of Kia’s other concepts destined for the SEMA Show. Last week Kia teased its radical “Adventure Sorento” and Forte Koup “Mud Bogger” show cars (above), which the company says reminisce the Pacific Northwest and American South, respectively.

The automaker announced it will unveil four custom vehicles in total on Tuesday November 3 at the SEMA Show, which suggests there’s still one regionally-inspired concept yet to go. Any takers for an ultimate off-road Kia Sedona in tune with the Northeast?