Monday, November 2, 2015

All Souls' Day: 2012 Kia Soul Kinetic Edition 6-speed

Yesterday was November 1st, known in the Latin Catholic Church as All Saints' Day and is a yearly celebration of Saints, and I missed the opportunity to post nothing but Volvo 1800s as driven by Mr Roger Moore in The Saint.  However, today I will not miss the opportunity to take advantage of the lesser known (but equally important) All Souls' Day and post nothing but spiffy examples of the Kia Soul.  Starting with this 2012 Kia Soul Kinetic Edition located here on eBay offered for $6,525 buy-it-now located in Fort Myers, FL.


Wait a minute...are you trying to tell me that I can get a Kia Soul with a gasoline direct injection engine and a 6-speed manual gearbox?  What kind of world is this?  Oddly enough, this isn't some tarted up hot-hatch version of the Soul, it is actually the cheapest way to get a Soul if your name isn't Beelzebub. 



That 6-speed gearbox is attached to a 1.6 liter Gamma GDI inline-4 that is good for 138 horsepower and 123 ft-lbs of torque, not exactly driving nirvana, but with a 2615 lb curb weight and a 5-door layout, this is about as close as you'll get to most of the daily driver style cars sold in Europe.  The Kinetic Edition seems to be a reference to Kia teaming with Kinetic Racing to campaign Optimas in the Pirelli World Challenge Series, but it isn't clear what the edition adds other than some graphics.


So, if you want a European style commuter, buy a used base model Kia.  tips@dailyturismo.com

15 comments:

  1. it's much awesomer than the Static Edition.

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    1. I'm holding out for the Potential Edition

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    2. Or get the turbo version
      [img]http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view4/3328528/hamster-wheel-o.gif[/img]

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  2. My parents are visiting me right now and they rented a Kia. I have been driving it and I have to say I don't hate it. It is much more solid and agile than I would expect.

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    1. Soul, I really wanted to hate it but I actually like it.

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  3. Did a Fiat 500 whizz in front the rear tire ....

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  4. That ebay link is not the same car !

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    1. I'd like to claim it was a joke about all Kia's being the same...but it was just a mistake. Lemme fix that!

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  5. I was thinking it was just my window's Kinetic 10.6 edition......lmao

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  6. Interesting, I happened to be visiting Kinetic last week. If this Soul had either of the two engines I saw being set up for dyno testing, it would be seriously awesome. Unfortunately, it seems a lot of the stuff Kinetic cooks up for the factory Kia racing doesn't transfer over to the street. Still, looks like a pretty good deal on some basic transportation.

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  7. I like 2-litre-class cars that can carry stuff. I have not tried a Soul yet, but after this article, I am interested. Very glad to see they still offer the Soul with a manual gearbox. They dropped that choice on the Rondo, and for me, that would be a deal breaker.

    They could have called this special edition "the Imperial Stormtrooper". Might have limited their sales in Germany, however.

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  8. My Sister owns a 2013 Soul with the 1.6 tried to talk her into the bigger motor but came down to her credit and payment had it for a week when she left town was good around town not so much on the freeway but good enough.. My Accord Sport is much better on the freeway but big price difference also. The Soul seem's to appeal to a lot of age groups.

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  9. Not sure what would leak at that location... rodent wee from the hamster/spokesmen?

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  10. Hmm. Kia..Killed In Action...korea..hmm... wrong korea, no conspiracy here. Just..odd.

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