2011 Kia Sportage SX Turbo To Pack Serious Power

Kia has just unveiled the new 2011 Sportage SX Turbo, making it the second vehicle to use Kia's all-new direct-injected turbocharged four-cylinder.

The 2011 Kia Sportage is a fantastic little SUV, but there are times in which one might want a little more power for overtaking, fooling around or just to show off. Well, the Korean automaker has come to the rescue with some turbocharged goodness.

The 2011 Kia Sportage SX Turbo will pack a 256 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that will also feature 264 pound-feet of torque. Not bad considering the base model can’t even top 200 ponies from its standard powerplant.

The Sportage SX Turbo will be the second vehicle in the automaker’s lineup to use the new direct-injection engine, with the first being the new 2011 Optima sedan. The motor will be connected to a six-speed automatic transmission that will help the SUV get 27 miles per gallon on the highway. Kia has stated that the front-wheel drive Sportage Turbo will deliver better fuel mileage than any of its competitors.

"Sportage offers an ideal mix of performance, fuel efficiency and utility for the discriminating compact CUV buyer," said Michael Sprague, vice president, marketing & communications, KMA.

On top of that engine, the 2011 Kia Sportage SX Turbo will feature a firmer suspension and various aesthetic changes to give it a more muscular stance. The suspension bit seems interesting because the base model was already firm, so adding to it might force buyers to look elsewhere for a vehicle that won’t cause permanent spine damage.

The visual additions will include 18-inch wheels, dual exhaust and a different grille. The Sportage will also pack new badges so everybody in the neighborhood will know that your Kia packs some serious oomph.

The price of the 2011 Kia Sportage with a turbocharger will be $25,795 for the front-wheel drive version. If all-wheel drive is the choice, the price will jump up by $1,500. Both of these prices are without the $695 destination charge.


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