Kia Optima Turbo

7 years 2 months ago #1 by NewsBot
The heat is a test for Kia's new high-tech 2.0-litre "GDI" engine, that for the first time features direct-injection technology combined with a turbocharger to deliver more power for less fuel use – a much-needed trait in a town where conscience-jogging hybrid and electric cars are common.

The new 2.0-litre engine looks good on paper. In US specification, it produces 204kW of power to give a poke-per-litre figure that places it up in the realm of German luxury cars, while its hefty 365Nm of torque puts it on par with many high-end V6s.

Adding a turbo and combining it with direct fuel injection for the first time also gives the Optima one more benefit that will get potential owners listening: fuel economy ranging from an official - in the US at least - 10.7 litres per 100 kilometres around the city, stretching to 7.0L/100km on long, lazy highway runs similar to the one we're now on.




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