|Manufacturer||Kia Motors and Avtotor|
|Also called||Kia Amanti|
Hwasung Plant, Hwasung, South Korea|
|Class||Full-size car / Executive car|
3.5L Sigma V6 (2003–2006)|
3.8L Lambda II V6 (2007–)
3.3L Lambda II V6 (2010, Korea)
2.7L Mu V6 (2010, Korea)
|Wheelbase||2,800 mm (110.2 in)|
2003–2006:4,980 mm (196.1 in)|
2006–present:5,000 mm (196.9 in)
|Width||1,850 mm (72.8 in)|
|Height||1,485 mm (58.5 in)|
|Related||Hyundai Grandeur XG|
The Kia Opirus was a full-size car manufactured and marketed by Kia Motors that was launched in April 2003 — and was marketed globally under various nameplates, prominently as the Amanti. It was considered to be Kia's flagship vehicle.
As Kia's first entry into the large-car market, the Opirus/Amanti had been marketed in a single trim level and only as a sedan. It shared some components with its now-defunct corporate cousin, the Hyundai Grandeur XG, including its 3.5 L V6 engine. For 2007, the Kia Opirus received various upgrades, including suspension and styling revisions, and the addition of the same engine as the current Hyundai Grandeur (Azera), this time being a 3.8L V6 engine.
In the U.S., the Amanti was recognized as the "Most Appealing Premium Midsize Car" by J.D. Power and Associates' 2005 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study.
As of December 17, 2010, the Kia website no longer listed the Amanti as a production model.
The Kia Cadenza, officially unveiled on October 18, 2009, is completely redesigned to reflect Kia's new design style. The Cadenza will replace the Kia Amanti, and features many features found on more expensive luxury cars, such as a heated steering wheel, power extendable seat cushions, automatic windshield defogger, and cooled front seats. Like the Amanti, the Opirus is only equipped with an automatic transmission.
- ↑ "Avtotor". Avtotor.ru. http://www.avtotor.ru/kia/. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
- ↑ Money CNN "An expensive car may not always get you side-impact protection, according to a new report." http://money.cnn.com/2007/08/13/autos/iihs_luxury_sedan_impact/
- ↑ Kia Amanti website
- ↑ "Kia VG sedan rendering released". Kia-world.net. http://www.kia-world.net/index.php/2009/07/29/kia-vg-sedan-rendering-released/. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
- ↑ "Kia Unveils Cadenza Luxury Sedan". Automoblog.net. http://www.automoblog.net/2009/10/20/kia-unveils-cadenza-luxury-sedan/.
- Kia Opirus official site
- Amanti Homepage
- Cars.com review
- ConsumerGuide review
- Kia Amanti Research Guide
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