KIA’s Track’ster excites the crowds at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show
The innovative new car designs from KIA Motors never fail to impress the critical eyes of automotive fans. The presentation of the KIA concept car, Track’ster, at the 2012 Chicago Automotive Show in February was no exception.
The Track’ster, based on the KIA’s popular small car Soul, is a three door sporty-looking coupe which amazed the audiences with its bold orange and white colour scheme, and its performance enhancing features. The release of the Track’ster was daringly presented with heavy-metal music, smoke and lights, aimed at evoking an exciting possibility for the future Soul.
Chief Designer of KIA Motors America, Tom Kearns said, “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 the Soul, but with a lot of attitude. It had to be a bold interpretation that would change people’s conceptions about what a sporty KIA could be.”
Built like a performance car with all-wheel drive and a 2.0L turbo-charged inline-4 and 250 horsepower engine with six-speed manual transmission, the Track’ster encourages car fans to don their helmets. Some of its exterior features include a striking low front grille, fire-inspired Inferno Orange accents, LED lighting with aluminium surrounds, low valance, curved wheel enclosures which enhance the custom made HRE-K1 monoblock billet performance wheels and the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 high-performance tyres.
Inside the Track’ster there are more impressive features too. A masculine Granite Gray leather interior dominates including a Granite Gray suede steering wheel cover and door panels. The Inferno Orange colour continues on the suede racing style sports seats at the front and in the unique built-in emergency toolbox container at the rear. In lieu of backseats the rear area, in keeping with its performance car concept, stores racing car equipment like helmets, suits and gloves along with a spare tyre well.
The dash is smart and technologically advanced. Located deep within red nacelles are the major instruments which are large and easy to read. Oil and battery information is found on top of the dash panel, and a large touch screen panel provides easy access for navigation, entertainment and air-conditioning/ventilation options.
For those who love the Track’ster concept car, KIA Motors Australia offers new car buyers the option of purchasing its popular little sister, the Soul. It has plenty of customised exterior and interior colour choices including body graphics (dragon, houndstooth and racing stripe). There is a six speed manual transmission on the 1.6L petrol model or a six speed sportsmatic transmission on the 1.6L diesel and 2.0L petrol models. Up-to-date technology is included with Bluetooth, iPod and USB connectivity. And that racing car feel is achievable with a sports shift knob, sports pedal set, 18 inch Burner wheels and rear spoiler.
Tom Kearns surmises, “Concept cars are the icing on the cake. They allow KMA’s design team to dream about what could be. Whether the dream becomes a reality or not is a separate question.”