At the 2011 SEMA Show, Kia will show a B-Spec race version of the 2012 Kia Rio 5-door. With the help of their racing partner Kinetic Motorsports, the Kia Rio B-Spec Race Version will get all the necessary features of racing including a cage, safety equipment and am upgraded suspension.
“Outstanding value has always been a foundation of the Kia brand, and with the rapid development of the Kia Racing program and the launch of the 2012 Rio 5-door we have a unique opportunity to introduce Kia to a new and passionate racing community by providing an affordable and great-looking race car that delivers best-in-class horsepower in the rapidly expanding B-segment,” said Kia Motors America Vice president of marketing and communications Michael Sprague.
Kia will dish out more details at SEMA on Nov. 1.
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Refresher: Power for the 2012 Kia Rio 5-Door hatchback comes from a 1.6 liter GDI 4-cylinder engine making 138-hp. Mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic, the 2012 Kia Rio manages to return an EPA-rated fuel-economy of 30/40 mpg (city/highway). With the ISG technology the 2012 Rio will offer consumers an impressive and fuel-sipping 31/40 mpg. Prices start at $13,600.
– By: Omar Rana