Kia Australia has launched its first performance model with the introduction of the Kia Cerato Koup Turbo.

MY14 Kia Koup Turbo 1.6L Petrol T-GDi.

The last of the Cerato family, the Koup is available in four configurations comprising two engines and two transmission choices.

The entry-level Kia Cerato Koup Si is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine that delivers 129kW of power and 209Nm of torque. It’s available with either a six-speed manual transmission (7.3 litres per 100km) or six-speed automatic (7.4L/100km).

MY14 Kia Koup Turbo 1.6L Petrol T-GDi rear badge.

The turbocharged Koup comes with a 1.6-litre four-cylinder TGDI petrol engine (currently found in the Hyundai Veloster Turbo) that delivers 150kW of power and 265Nm of torque. It will go from 0-100km/h in 7.4 seconds when coupled to the six-speed auto, but is also available with the six-speed manual, which completes the dash to triple figures in 7.8sec.

The twin-scroll turbo runs at 2.2 bar of pressure and force feeds cylinders one and four separately to two and three. Turbo models also get a dual exhaust system which Kia has specifically tuned for a more performance-oriented sound.

MY14 Kia Koup Turbo 1.6L Petrol T-GDi.

As with all recently launched Kias, the Koup and Koup Turbo have been specifically tuned for Australian road conditions. The front is 20 per cent stiffer and the rear 40 per cent stiffer than the sedan and hatch models, but given the use of a coupled torsion beam axle rear suspension it’s specified more like a grand tourer than a hot-hatch.

The steering rack is quicker, with a 15.1:1 ratio (2.8 turns lock to lock), resulting in a 10.6-metre turning circle and a more responsive feel behind the wheel.

MY14 Kia Koup Turbo 1.6L Petrol T-GDi engine.

The Kia Cerato Koup starts from $23,990 for the naturally aspirated model and $27,990 for the turbocharged variant when coupled to the manual transmission. The optional six-speed auto adds $2200.

Kia is also offering a Touring Pack for an additional $2200, which adds a seven-inch screen with satellite navigation, dual-zone climate control and leather seats.