So i talked to one of the technicians today at the Kia dealership and the 2012 Forte WILL have a turbo on it. He told me that they are doing the training for it soon. Cant wait to see what they do!!!!!
Tech's would not be doing training on 2012 cars until 2011. They will be doing training on the 2011 Kia Optima SX with the 2.0L Turbo that is due on sale soon. Dealers are usually the last to know about product, they usually find out when the press does. I would not get to excited, if there will be a turbo Forte I am sure I will see it pop up it's head in the next 8 months around me. I saw 2 Forte 5 doors today at a local shopping center. Kia HQ cars, one had distributer plates on it. They were turning away from me so I could not get pics. Kia HQ is about a mile from where I work and I see cars all the time. In fact I saw a K7 turning onto Peters Canyon rd once.So i talked to one of the technicians today at the Kia dealership and the 2012 Forte WILL have a turbo on it. He told me that they are doing the training for it soon. Cant wait to see what they do!!!!!
weird I figured they'd use the 2.0 theta over the gamma any day, as they already have parts galore from the optima and gen coupe usage..It's a 1.6L direct injected engine with a small turbo pushing around 9 psi. Estimated power output is 200 hp, comes with either a 6 speed manual or automatic with paddle shifters, and gets 28/38 mpg.
Buying a car is almost never cost effective!as cool as a turbo would be its would not be cost effective to trade in your 2010 this soon.. its like giving five grand away or throwing it out a window IMHO it would be smarter to just put the turbo kit on from turbo kits.com
SXcuse13, we all want this to be true, but if they're using the "same set up" as the Sonata--and they're just training on the Optima Turbo NOW--there wouldn't be a lot of reason to train them on a car that's not coming out for a year with a powertrain that they'll already have experience on.The tech said that they would be using the theta engine and to punk, the tech said that they are training, and will be practicing on the sonata because it will be the same set up.
if they named it the RX model i'd chuckle a bit lolhonestly we've all heard lots about turbo this year turbo next year turbo 2012..
IHHO I'm starting to wonder if kia is telling people to spread this rumor around? maybe not but seems to me every dealer has one or two guys working there all saying something about turbo fortes
I'd rather have the R package.. and maybe Just MAYBE will get lucky and kia will make a R X which would just add a turbo too the R goodies.. but I'm just dreaming out loud here i think.
in the mean time I'll just enjoy my koup