Can The 2019 Kia Ok900 Compete Against The Europeans?
Here it’s, the 2019 Kia Ok900. A automotive that un-ironically makes use of phrases like “classically drawn exterior” and “gravity of prestige” to explain itself. For greater than four-thousand phrases, the Kia press unencumber drags on and on, blah-blah luxurious this, flim-flam high-tech that, worry-worry protection stuff over there. All that stuff is irrelevant while you get to the section concerning the new Ok900’s powertrain and chassis.
You know what phrases I spotted? Albert Biermann. Yup, that Albert Biermann. The BMW tuner man.
Kia states very flatly that the entire level of the Ok900 is to compete in opposition to its top rate European competition. And that word turns into greater than advertising and marketing horse manure while you understand that Albert Biermann is the President of Kia’s Vehicle Test and High Performance Development. Yeah, the previous Chief Engineer for BMW’s M efficiency automobiles with over 30 years of revel in.
“The goal for the K900 was to achieve ‘confident comfort’ on the road,” he defined. “To deliver this result, we focused on four main categories: drivability, NVH, comfort, and steering precision.”
Power & Performance
The 2019 Ok900 is powered by way of a three.Three-liter dual turbo V6, the similar engine present in Kia’s a lot ballyhooed Stinger fastback. In the Ok900, it cranks out 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft. of torque, with the dual, unmarried scroll turbos built-in immediately into the exhaust manifold; Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing broadens out the facility band. A cooling gadget described as “robust” is there to deal with the larger thermal loading with a much broader radiator and 600-watt fan motor.
This plant is mated to a second-gen, in-house constructed eight-velocity computerized operated by way of a Shift-by-Wire equipment selector that permits for sooner shifts all through extra spirited using. And on best of all this is full-time “Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control,” or a regular all-wheel force gadget in different phrases. It is electronically biased against the rear however freely distributes torque to any and all 4 corners because the gadget sees have compatibility. Up to 50 % of the torque will also be despatched to the entrance and as much as 80 % of the facility will also be routed to the rear in Sport mode. The Ok900 is the second one utility of this in-house gadget with the Stinger being the primary.
Ride & Handling
The wheelbase is longer and the stance wider for better regulate and steadiness; the chassis used to be reinforced over the former Ok900 with larger entrance and rear lateral stiffness because of a better use of structural adhesives. Torsional stiffness is up by way of 33 % over the outgoing Ok900; the brand new style has 4 occasions extra sizzling stamping than sooner than to provide the car a extra forged and top rate really feel.
The Ok900 makes use of a wheel air curtain to reduce vortices within the wheel arches by way of introducing air from the bumper. The complete underbody panels cut back drag as does an lively air flap. The base line: a drag coefficient of .27 Cd. Noise, vibration, and harshness aid measures are definitely euro-like with enhanced insulation all the way through the car construction, together with the firewall, underneath ground quilt, and vibration pad in the back of the headliner. There’s even an acoustic movie at the windshield for a quieter cabin.
Steering & Suspension
The steerage itself is an electro-mechanical, rack-mounted energy meeting designed for larger agility and luxury. There’s “slower” off-center really feel, which supplies a greater sense of steadiness, particularly all through high-speed using. And for somebody who has ever pushed a BMW, this may increasingly really feel fairly standard. Huh, I’m wondering the place Kia got here up with that perception?
The four-wheel unbiased suspension delivers tighter and sooner turns by way of a new entrance multi-link design, and by way of expanding the stiffness of the entrance and rear axle meeting. An Electronically Controlled Suspension is to be had to spice up trip convenience. The gadget reduces such things as chassis movement the use of an inner damper gadget to modulate the suspension accordingly.
Pricing & Availability
The new Ok900 will probably be inbuilt Kia’s Sohari facility in South Korea, the similar plant the place they construct the Stinger. Kia didn’t give any particular phrase on worth however it’s going to hit sellers within the fourth quarter of this yr. In the interim, it’s on show on the New York International Auto Show, now via April eighth on the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
I’d like to get my mitts on the sort of and a excellent, used M3 and spot what the similarities are.
Tony Borroz has spent his whole existence racing vintage and sports activities automobiles. He is the creator of Bricks & Bones: The Endearing Legacy and Nitty-Gritty Phenomenon of The Indy 500, to be had in paperback or Kindle layout. Follow his paintings on Twitter: @TonyBorroz.
2019 Kia Ok900 Gallery
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