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Not Your Father’s Kia

Apr 07, 2014 10:01AM ● Published by Anonymous

2015 Kia K900

April 2014

2015 Kia K900

This is a classic American tale. After 20 years in the U.S. market, an import has worked its way up to take on the giants of modern luxury sedans — namely, the Lexus LS 460, Mercedes-Benz S550 and the Audi A8. Growing on the successes of the well-equipped Optima sedan, Kia’s stylish vehicles and clever marketing have enticed plenty of affluent customers who make their way to showrooms across the country. Forget what you thought you knew about the economy carmaker of yesteryear — 2014 marks a new era, and the K900 ultra-luxury sedan makes the bold statement, "This is not your father's Kia."

At the forefront of Kia's new luxury play, the K900 VIP has a list of standard equipment as long as the carmakers industry-leading warranties, and with a price tag near $60,000, they are confident you'll put your money where their enormous wheelbase is.  Breaking the mold of Kia’s past, the K900 offers the company’s first-ever V8 sedan. The rear-drive engine kicks out an impressive 420 horsepower — on pace with all luxury models in its price range. Kia has paired its powerful workhorse with a smooth shifting, eight-speed automatic transmission that takes efficiency and performance one step further with driver selectable settings of eco, normal and sport. The additional gasoline direct injection helps maintain a not-so-conspicuous fuel consumption of 23 mpg highway.

Taking a closer look at the K900, its apparent change also comes from within its sophisticated cabin. Soft Nappa leather in contrasted stitching is appropriately emphasized against the luxurious backdrop of genuine walnut or poplar wood trim. Those with attention to detail will also enjoy the standard heated, three-spoke Nappa leather-wrapped steering wheel that features controls for audio, entertainment, cruise and vehicle information. Better suited for the corporate carpool, the K900’s stellar accommodations continue at the rear of the cabin. Standard features include rear seats that offer multi-stage heating and cooling, have the ability to independently recline and incorporate power lumbar support.  There is also a center console armrest, power rear-window sunshades and to top it all off, an incredible view through its full-length panoramic roof. For K900 rear passengers and Kia as a whole, things are definitely looking up.

Details

Engine: 5-liter V8

Horsepower: 420 hp

MPG: 15/23 city/hwy

MSRP: starting at $59,500

0-60: 5.5 sec

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