KIA Explores the US for SEMA 2015

Themed for different areas of the country, KIA took some real custom metal to SEMA this year.

    Forte Koup Mud Bogger

America’s love of the automobile inspires enthusiasts to get creative and have fun with their vehicular passions, and there are few places in the country where more fun is had behind the wheel than in the South. With its origins dating back to the 1970s, mud racing or mud bogging has grown in popularity across the U.S. and even into Canada. There is just something inexplicably enjoyable about getting dirty, and the Forte Koup Mud Bogger is more at home caked in grime than sitting pretty on the SEMA show floor.
When Kia teamed with Lux Motorwerks to create the Forte Koup Mud Bogger, both organizations agreed that fun had to be front and center. Giving this one-of-a-kind Koup the clearance to tackle extreme terrain started with a generous four-inch body and suspension lift along with meaty 28-in. off-road tires on Fuel Off-Road 15×10-in. Revolver wheels powder coated white. To further accommodate the massive wheel and tire combo, the fenders and side skirts were modified and custom riveted fender flares added. Additionally, the Koup was fitted with a hand-built, white-powder-coated brush guard and a Rigid LED light bar to protect the Midnight Sapphire Forte Koup from the terrain, day or night. The red, white, and blue custom paint scheme is as beautiful as it is patriotic.
A panoramic roof with a vinyl pushback top gives way to the stripped-down interior where the carpet has been removed and the entire floor is lined with Line-X protective coating. The stock seats of the Forte Koup have also been replaced with two Sparco Evo II Red Race Seats with Sparco 4PT Snap-In Harnesses and a Sparco L575 steering wheel. Roll cages are required equipment when pounding through sludge, and the Forte Koup Mud Bogger incorporates a hand-built roll cage powder coated white to match the wheels. The Kia Forte Koup Mud Bogger is purpose-built for off-road fun and is the kind of car you might find when wanderlust takes you down the road less traveled.

A1A Optima

    Florida may be best known as one of America’s most family friendly vacation destinations, but the state’s rich history and subtropical splendor is best discovered from behind the wheel of an open-top touring car. The Sunshine State is home to the A1A highway, a more than 300-mile-long, meandering black ribbon of tarmac ─ set off by crystal-white sand, aquamarine ocean waters, and abundant wildlife ─ which terminates in Key West, almost a stone’s throw from Cuba. The A1A Optima takes inspiration from this iconic byway by letting the sunshine in and taking the all-new 2016 Optima in a new direction. Its high style and high-end details make this the perfect car for Miami’s tony South Beach, the laid-back Key West lifestyle and all points in between.
    The A1A Optima features a nod to America’s roadster fascination with its sliced top and shortened windshield. But this isn’t any average chop job. The artists at LUX Motorwerks have created a show car that is road trip-ready. Reinforced steel tubes have been discretely hidden within the body-in-white so that the vehicle retains a rigid structure. Invoking a concept-car appearance, the back doors of the A1A Optima swing open on rear-mounted hinges, adding a touch of whimsy and fun while complementing the roadster style. The exterior is inspired by the vibrant colors of South Beach and features a custom turquoise paint scheme. A gleaming set of 20-in. HRE S104 wheels and Tiarra Luxury upper and lower grilles give the A1A Optima a contemporary aesthetic that’s completely at home in the simmering South Beach scene.
    The interior of the A1A Optima has been extensively re-worked to match the eye-catching exterior design. Deep bucket seats up front and custom double buckets in back are separated by extended armrests and a unique center console. Butter-soft cream and titanium leather covers the seats and extends throughout the interior with accents painted an attractive silver. The powerful 245-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine is combined with a high-performance exhaust, giving the A1A Optima a throaty voice. A Ksport coilover sport suspension lowers the vehicle’s ride height and raises its visual appeal.