There’s no news anymore that Kia would like to have their share in the luxury sports sedan segment. Supposedly dubbed Kia K9, the company’s luxury sedan has made an appearance last week at a design conference near Seoul where Kia’s chief designer Peter Schreyer (the guy behind the original Audi TT) bragged with it. Comparable to Audi’s A8 or BMW’s 7 series, the K9 luxury sedan is a more streamline and futuristic Equus that is rumored to pack all Genesis motorizations along with a new petrol V8 or an 8-speed automatic gearbox to get the most bang out of it. Not much else is known and nothing confirmed for now, but boy that Kia K9 looks sharp enough to charm our hearts!
Do you remember the concept teaser image of the new Volvo S60 that has left us drooling about a year ago? What about the spaceship-like teasing interior of the new Volvo S60 that we laid our eyes ahead of the Detroit show, last December? Well folks we can finally got our hands on the first official photos with the 2011 Volvo S60 Luxury Sedan, before its public debut at next year’s Geneva Motor Show. “The all-new Volvo S60 is sculpted to move you,” says Stephen Odell, President and CEO of Volvo Cars. “It looks and drives like no other Volvo before and the car’s technology will help you to be safer and more confident behind the wheel.” Not much else to tell you about it, except for the fact that it sure has what it takes to win a man’s heart.
The luxury sedan which goes by the name of K7 in Korea, the Kia Cadenza (also called the VG Sedan) has hit the web with its first images and a limited set of details. This sporty and sleek luxury sedan takes inspiration from the KND-5 Concept with external features like an LED headlight surrounds, a bold grille and an upscale design.
However, a lot more work has been done on the interior of the Kia Cadenza where the floating dash is glorified with some avant-garde high-tech adaptations that include a heating steering wheel, automatic defogging of the windshield and ventilated front seats. The engine choices will probably include a 175 hp 2.4-liter Theta four-cylinder and a 273 hp 3.5-liter Lambda V6. These engines will power both the FWD and AWD options. This design upgrade as per the company officials is reflective of the continuing evolution in Kia’s striking design language where the lights and lines are blended.
What we’d like to know right now is the price this jewel will run for.
Remember the Rolls Royce 200EX Concept which was unearthed at the Geneva Motor Show? Well, even if you don’t here is the production ready model of the luxury salon and it is now dubbed the 2010 Rolls Royce Ghost. Following the Rolls Royce style, there is a large sloping grille at the front end (resembling a jet intake) with Xenon headlights. At the back you primarily find, LED taillights and chrome exhaust tips (optional). Just to give it a distinctive look on the streets it has been finished in a contrasting Silver Satin paint finish.
When it’s a Royce, luxury is the biggest factor and so it is here with evidences like the abundance of leather on the inside assisted with chrome detailing. Again, the trademark violin key switches are also here along with frosted instrument dials and abundant wood trimming. The air-conditioning inside this luxury on four wheels hits you from four different sides. On popping the hood you will find a 6.6-liter turbocharged V12 beast capable of churning 563bhp and 780Nm of torque. The amazing power is mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. The deadly combination helps the car dash from 0 to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds while topping it out at 250 Km/h which is electronically limited.
I don’t particularly like the rear, but overall it looks like an impressive ride. One that we would like to take for a test drive! Eh?