Kia Concept Has More Soul

“The idea was to make the Track’ster tough looking, like a bulldog.

“The idea was to make the Track’ster tough looking, like a bulldog. But the car had to be approachable as well. We wanted to base the car in reality so people instantly knew it was a Soul, but with a lot of attitude. It had to be a bold interpretation that would change people’s conceptions of what a sporty Kia could be.” said Tom Kearns, chief designer for KMA.

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The concept was revealed at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.

The colors are named Whiteout and Inferno Orange (referencing racing).

Yes, there is the now-becoming-classic Kia notched grille (trimmed in carbon fiber in this case), but it is supplemented by lower carbon-fiber trimmed lower valance.

LEDs abound, front and back.

The monoblock wheels were designed by Kia designers working with a crew from wheel supplier HRE.

Speaking of wheels, the Track’ster concept not only has much broader shoulders than the Soul (putting it mildly), but it has a longer wheelbase than the production Soul: 101.2 in. vs. 100.4 in.

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And speaking of increases, the Track’ster is fitted with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four that puts out 250 hp—66% more than the production Soul.