Can Kia Compete With Porsche?

Porsche Panamera Exclusive

This is a crazy world in which we live.

If you’ll recall, our planet was nearly knocked off its axis by the outcry of Porsche purists who derided the loss of the brand when Porsche announced the four-door Panamera.

Apparently all has been forgiven, because the latest, and most expensive, Panamera to date has just sold out. At over $300,000 each.

As if the Panamera weren’t big and bloated enough, this ultra-luxurious version has been stretched even more and priced out of the stratosphere, but still managed to sell all 100 copies in less than 48 hours.

In the meantime, Kia has taken note of the German success and wants to replicate it on a budget.

Crazy, right?

An article on Yahoo said,

The 100 Panamera Exclusive models built upon the Panamera Turbo S Executive trim and similarly boasted 570 horsepower and all-wheel drive. Porsche then stretched its wheelbase by nearly six inches, added a custom two-tone black-and-chestnut paint job, matching leather upholstery, and 10-inch touchscreens for the rear seats.

A signature Porsche luggage set even came with the car, but that’s somewhat to be expected. Once all the bits and pieces are tallied up, the Panamera Exclusive retailed for about $110,000 more than the $200,500 Panamera Executive model it’s based on.

So there’s that.

Then there’s this:

Kia GT concept

The Kia GT Concept is a few years old now, but the sleek four-door V8-powered coupe could finally go into production and hit showrooms in 2018. The car’s been described like this:

In true four-door coupe fashion, the GT will boast a luxurious cockpit with room for up to four passengers. It will show off its flagship status by offering a long list of high-tech options such as reclining rear seats, a 360-degree camera, a heads-up display and adaptive cruise control.

Did you catch that? The new coupe will have room for up to four passengers! Thanks, Kia, for creating a four-door car that might hold four people!

Yes, this world has gone crazy. It’s been said, though, that crazy is a side effect of awesome, so we hope Kia and Porsche and whatever other carmakers jump aboard this bandwagon continue to create amazing cars.

Which car looks better, the Panamera Exclusive or the Kia GT?

-tgriffith

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