We have to be honest here: these concepts are not doing it for us. Despite Kia’s Optima GT actually winning its racing series this year, the latest SEMA concepts from Kia just have a resounding suckiness.
The K900 upgrade is the most performance-oriented, but the car seems beyond hope. Without icecream desserts at the booth, we worry that the Kia stand at SEMA would be totally deserted.
A resounding “meh.”
Why push performance when 2015 Kia road cars drive like salvage-title 1998 Tauruses? It is just not authentic or convincing in the least.
Sorry to be a downer. We have not driven the K900, but debated signing up for their special test drive delivery to give it a try. Overall, it does not seem worth the time. The last line of this press release notes that the K900 V8 is now only available in limited markets — indicating it may be effectively canceled only six month since its arrival.
In terms of this concept’s performance, the turbochargers are in the trunk. This is hopeless mechanically.
There is an oil return line to the turbo dangling below the trunk in one of these photos, ready to be grabbed by any curb – leading to total turbo lockup and engine failure from oil starvation — were these actually functioning turbochargers.
But in fact, these turbo’s below the trunk seem as fake as a white Christmas in Pasadena.
Hopeless is a theme that surrounds the K900, sadly.
The K900 SEMA concept screams “Fake.”
Prove us wrong, Kia….
Kia just rolled out its latest SEMA concept car – and it is clearly the best yet. A K900 called the “Day at the Races,” it promises a huge upgrade in style as well as performance. Big brakes, a deep body kit and a massive intercooler appear in this teaser photos.
So will this be the holy grail? A turbocharged V8?
Stay tuned for more details as they become available.
Overall, the K900 needs all the halo it can get. Sales have been extremely lackluster in the first six months. This is in sharp contrast to the new Hyundai Genesis, which is priced lower than the K900 and also runs a more modern chassis.
KIA MOTORS AMERICA SEMA 2014 ”A DAY AT THE RACES” — HIGH-PERFORMANCE K900
Exceptional performance and personalized style are prerequisites for the machine that carries a racing driver or team owner to and from the track on a daily basis, and the High-Performance K900 delivers both. Starting with a custom, one-off body kit with carbon fiber inserts, custom-blended gray paint, blacked-out chrome trim and massive 21-inch gloss-black wheels, the High-Performance K900 offers a subtly menacing appearance, which hints at the power underneath.
KIA CELEBRATES CHAMPIONSHIP-WINNING SEASON ON THE TRACK WITH “A DAY AT THE RACES” THEME AT 2014 SEMA SHOW
Four highly customized, hand-built concepts offer a glimpse into the fun and excitement Kia Racing fans experience when spending a day at the races
Ballast Point Sedona and Smitten Ice Cream Soul EV embrace the tastier side of trackside festivities with handcrafted brews and a high-tech take on the traditional ice cream truck
High-Performance K900 and Ultimate Karting Sedona bring the thrill of the race track in unexpected ways
Championship-winning Kia Racing Optima unveiled with new paint scheme for 2015 Pirelli World Challenge season
LAS VEGAS, November 4, 2014 – Kia Motors America (KMA) today brought the sights and sounds of the race track to the opening day of the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. Just five years after the brand boldly announced its intention to enter professional motorsports in the U.S. at the 2009 SEMA Show, KMA marked its second title-winning season, celebrating the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge Manufacturers Championship. Kia’s “A Day at the Races” 2014 SEMA display commemorates Kia’s racing success and demonstrates the imprint motorsports has left on the brand’s DNA, encompassing both the thrill of high-speed competition as well as the fun and excitement that fans experience trackside.
“Competing – and winning – in the Pirelli World Challenge series allows Kia to provide tangible proof of the quality, durability, reliability and performance of the vehicles we build,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president, sales & marketing, KMA. “This year’s SEMA show gives us the opportunity to celebrate our hard-fought championships while also embracing the fun and excitement of the fan experience in a way that only Kia could do.”
While two of the vehicles are inspired by the festive atmosphere fans of the Kia Racing team experience during a day at the track with family and friends, the others pay homage to the raw performance and unique style that has permeated Kia’s five years of U.S. racing success. And at the center of it all is the championship-winning Optima race car, sporting a new look for the 2015 season.
Ballast Point Sedona
One of the most heavily modified SEMA vehicles Kia has ever produced, the Ballast Point Sedona takes infield fun during a day at the races very seriously. Serving the premium, handcrafted beers from Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, the steel roof of the Sedona has been completely redesigned to echo the nautical theme the specialty brewer is known for.
The Ballast Point Sedona features a hand-formed solid mahogany shell with a flip-top roof and fold-down front bar. Removing the roof required the installation of a custom boxed-steel frame that incorporates heavy-duty hinges and struts to allow for the wood clam-shell top to open a full 90 degrees. While one of the Sedona’s power sliding doors has been welded shut, the other remains fully functional to allow access for a bartender into the open-air cabin. The rear shell is also removable, allowing patrons to enjoy a frosty beverage from the tailgate as well. The passenger compartment has been gutted to make room for two functioning Micro Matic taps, a jockey box with 120-feet of copper beer-cooling coils and up to four half-barrel kegs of Ballast Point’s finest. The front passenger seat has been removed to accommodate storage for extra kegs and supplies.
Hand-built and painted by the artists at LGE-CTS Motorsports, the shimmering rainbow of colors found on Ballast Point’s labels are rendered perfectly along the aggressive contours of the Sedona’s body panels. While not street legal, the Ballast Point Sedona is drivable and the suspension has been modified with custom airbags to compensate for the added weight of the kegs. The floor has been lined so that the interior can be hosed out and handmade custom cabinets allow for ample storage. Restaurant-grade stainless steel counters and a hidden tank to store meltwater from the jockey box make clean-up a breeze. Audio speakers have been integrated into the wood roof so that race fans can enjoy music through the Sedona’s Bluetooth enabled Infinity audio system.
Built in partnership between Kia and Ballast Point, following the SEMA show, this Sedona will serve as a fully functioning marketing display vehicle for the San Diego-based craft brewery. When not on tour in 2015, it will be on display at Ballast Point’s flagship restaurant and tap room in San Diego, California.