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New Kia K9 revealed on the road completely undisguised [video]

Amongst a flurry of spy photos and official teaser sketches in recent weeks, the Kia K9 was spotted completely free of camouflage on a motorway in South Korea. The attached two videos give us clear, although in low-resolution, front and rear views of the Opirus/Amanti successor.

The K9, codename KH, is the all-new range topping rear-wheel drive sedan designed by Kia's Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer. The former Audi designer once admitted in an interview that the K9 will have styling inspired by the Maserati Quattroporte. Besides the ornamentation on the front fenders, we fail to see any resemblance.

Since the K9 is based on the Hyundai Genesis, engine options will likely include a 3.8-liter V6 with 333 hp (248 kW / 338 PS), a 4.6-liter V8 with 385 hp (287 kW / 390 PS), and a 5.0-liter V8 that develops 429 hp (320 kW / 435 PS).

The Kia K9 is expected to be revealed for its domestic market during the fall of this year.

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Published Feb 27th, 2012 9:27pm By Brian Potter
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CarsComps1 CarsComps1
I would be VERY embarrassed to drive this KIA thing - or the Cadenza. People will smirk at you in America, knowing that you are a poseur. Plus, KIAs and Hyundais are known to have VERY sloppy handling/suspensions. If you live in a curvy/mountainous area like SoCal, these cars will literally make you SEASICK! There's a REASON they are cheaper. Do they use any components from the North Korea CONCENTRATION CAMPS?
Jul 30th, 2014 12:30am
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buruchaga buruchaga
Kia is doing a lazy job. Hyundai should infuse the change into them.
Feb 29th, 2012 11:28am
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DonKim DonKim
Look at the engines and the specs. Also how korea developed so much in automotive industry. Now they can do better than America, where people criticizes everything they can't do, and we don't deserve to speak bad really.....
Feb 29th, 2012 7:21am
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DonKim DonKim
uh oh uh oh!!! Kias and Hyundais look like this, that, this and that..... Really? I think Germans and Japanese are the only people who can claim they are better. Stop judging you arse
Feb 29th, 2012 7:14am
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will_wonka will_wonka
Looks like a BMW.......but considering how underestimated the Korean brands are these days, will probably be better and far, far cheaper............its only badge snobbery that will keep the droves away, especially within the materialistic UK. Its been far too long since the establishment have been challenged, the time is here and now, well done Kia!
Feb 28th, 2012 4:40pm
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WCF\'S President (neva.mynd) WCF'S President (neva.mynd)
Chysler 300C imposing as a Phantom was ok and we can let that slip,now this one imposing as a 5 series is unacceptable.
Feb 28th, 2012 10:03am
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WCF\'S President (neva.mynd) WCF'S President (neva.mynd)
Whoever is gonna buy n sit in this thing or whoeva is going to sit in this thing should be ashamed of themselves.
Feb 28th, 2012 10:02am
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DonKim DonKim
so camry and accord drivers are proud?
Feb 29th, 2012 7:15am
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WCF\'S President (neva.mynd) WCF'S President (neva.mynd)
Lol no,just saying this is a copy of 5 series,and what does it say about you sitting in a k9
Mar 2nd, 2012 4:20pm
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Han Solo Han Solo
Looks good...I can see tracess of a BMW 5 Series GT, BMW 7 Series and Maseratti in it...but I dont think it was intentional...I don't blame Kia for this...I dont think they were trying to copy anyone...I think, in an attempt to be original they have inadvertently created a car which looks like a cross between a Bimmer and a Maseratti. The only way to be truly differrent is to totally avoid any similarities to any pre-existing Models...which is quite challenging when you are targeting the similar target group...and NO I'm not working for Kia.
Feb 28th, 2012 8:38am
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AlikMalix AlikMalix
No, I love design, I studied it, you can tell intentional lines on this car. If you read my post above, it is designed so that your average consumer will look at a BMW and this and because they look similarly, they will choose KIA due to price assuming that if they look alike in quality, underneath it's the same as well...
Feb 28th, 2012 9:15am
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Renyeo Renyeo
I like this car! There are bits of BMW and Lexus all roll into one. Maser? Nay! KIA should have made a smaller one too, like a D or C-segment model. As it stands, full-size K9 is probably destined for much of chauffeur duties.
Feb 28th, 2012 5:55am
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DavidShakhbazian DavidShakhbazian
5 series GT
Feb 28th, 2012 5:21am
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Hamanoo Hamanoo
Thats how BMW should have looked like LOL
Feb 28th, 2012 5:10am
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cyxzone cyxzone
Korean design comes to an end...from this car
Feb 28th, 2012 3:33am
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DonKim DonKim
so one car brings the whole nation's design down?
Feb 29th, 2012 7:18am
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///AMG ///AMG
front BMW 5, back BMW 7, profile Lexus LS. well, never expected this from a big brand like KIA. or hyundai
Feb 28th, 2012 2:35am
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AlikMalix AlikMalix
WOW, BMW should sue, this is no doubt an attempt to confuse people to thinking that this is as good of a product as the BMW, since lots of people don't care for the brand as long as it looks like what everyone else says a good car -- a BMW. This is wrong!!! Just like GSS5_23 said, I was building respect for them, now it's all gone.
Feb 28th, 2012 1:02am
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lex33122 lex33122
"The former Audi designer"...this says quite a lot...for the entire line up...
Feb 28th, 2012 12:09am
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GSS5_23 GSS5_23
And a note to BMW..if you have any self respect, you'd file a copyright/patent infringement lawsuit right NOW.
Feb 27th, 2012 11:33pm
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GSS5_23 GSS5_23
I'm sorry but this is absolutely pathetic. Kia needs to stop the copy and paste game right now and come up with something original. I thought Kia was on their way to being a great car company, as they have achieved much over the years, but whoever designed this car is a pathetic good for nothing scumbag. I have lost much respect for Kia upon seeing this. They are no better than the typical chinese car company.
Feb 27th, 2012 11:32pm
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peterjames7 peterjames7
looks like 5 series gt at the front and like evry one else the sides a maser and the rear a seven series... i agree peter schreyer must have been off on his hols wen they knocked this out.... all the cool aspects of the concept have gone
Feb 27th, 2012 11:20pm
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michelin901 michelin901
The whole thing screams 7 series. to think that the rest of their lineup has it own identity and now they come up with a knockoff for a flagship? Was Peter shreyer off duty while this was designed? It definitely is a Kia canine
Feb 27th, 2012 10:51pm
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LWE7 LWE7
I quite like it, I can see the side air intake is from an Maserati, the engines specs look good too.
Feb 27th, 2012 10:34pm
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ttenx ttenx
even the grill shows signs of BMW's grill.a very cheap rip off, just like chinese cars
Feb 27th, 2012 10:20pm
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Iroc99 Iroc99
True That !
Feb 27th, 2012 10:27pm
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