Kia’s SEMA 2018 cars are a mix of sportiness and utility

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by Drei Laurel | Nov 3, 2018
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The Kia Telluride, unmodified, is a full-size SUV that gives off a premium, no-nonsense vibe. It’s capable, but we certainly wouldn’t call it playful. It looks more like something that’d be parked in between a Lexus and a Camry in the executive’s corner of a corporate parking lot rather than something you’d find venturing off the road.

Kia, however, would like to convince us otherwise.

The Korean car manufacturer unleashed a handful of modified Tellurides at the 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show (SEMA) in Las Vegas, Nevada, along with a couple of further sportified Stingers and Fortes.

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Granted, the Tellurides don’t feature any real performance upgrades. The mods on the Telluride Desert Drifter, the Cadet Leader, and the Horizon Roamer are limited to bull bars, light bars, a couple of guards and plates protecting the underside, bigger wheels and tires, and roof racks. But hey, these were showcased at SEMA, remember? At a show where even cars slammed beyond practical drivability are appreciated, there’s nothing wrong with showing up without more displacement or a towering ride height.

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Next up, we have the Stinger. Kia brought in two versions: the Queensland Police Stinger and the DUB Kia Stinger GT. The former is pretty much standard, save for the official decals and several bits of police equipment installed inside. The second one gets a brushed steel exterior with carbon-fiber accents, 22-inch staggered Dropstars forged wheels, and red leather and black suede upholstery.

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Then there were two Kia Fortes. The first was a drift-oriented beast packing a twin-turbo V6 capable of 375hp; the second was a neon-green mod ride featuring parts from the aftermarket industry’s leading suppliers. And lastly, we have the DUB Kia K900—an electric-blue luxury sedan that rides on an air suspension and 24-inch staggered TIS forged wheels.

Take a look at the photos below and enjoy.

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