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With performance as the top priority, the Track'ster rolls into Chicago with
a concept drivetrain sure to kick start any driving enthusiast's heart. KMA's
design team dreamed big, but also kept their vision firmly rooted in reality. A
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine pumps 250 horsepower to the pavement, a
66 percent increase over that of the production Soul. Power is routed to all
four wheels via an electronically controlled four-wheel-drive system. The
short-throw six-speed manual transmission is capped with a stubby spherical
shift lever. The Track'ster rides on a lowered sport suspension tuned for track
Opening the driver's door reveals a light and airy interior highlighted with
deeply bolstered Inferno Orange suede-covered racing seats. Granite Gray leather
envelopes the interior landscape and imparts a feeling of strength and
stability. Granite Gray suede wraps the sport steering wheel and door panels.
Located deep within red-glowing nacelles, the primary instruments are large and
easily readable. Auxiliary vehicle information such as oil temperature and
battery voltage is found atop the dash panel while navigation, entertainment and
HVAC controls are accessed through a large touch-screen panel located just above
the engine Start/Stop push-button.
Behind the front seats is where Track'ster takes a significant step away from
its Soul stable mate. The rear seats have been removed and replaced with a fully
integrated equipment tray and spare-tire well. "We saw the Track'ster as a
performance-inspired concept that could spend time on the road and racetrack,"
said Kearns. "The idea was to make the tools and equipment necessary to keep the
car performing in top condition easily accessible." Large paneled bins stow
racing gear such as helmets, suits, gloves and tools while emergency supplies
are housed within a separate and highly visible Inferno Orange container. A
custom rear strut brace incorporates a quick-release handle to allow for fast
While there are no current plans to produce the Track'ster, Kia's California
design center team enthusiastically took on the project. "Concept cars are icing
on the cake," said Kearns. "They allow KMA's design team to dream about what
could be. Whether that dream becomes a reality or not is a separate question."
Kia Trackster Concept: Photo Gallery, Review (1/2) and Specifications