This Kia coupe just might be Mini and Fiat's next big challenger.

Kia has gotten pretty good at rolling out a steady stream of concept cars promoting fun driving. So far none of these like the Track’ster, GT and Pop have made it to production. So are these projects just rewards for the design staff after they’ve sweated through the mainstream sedan and economy car breadwinners? Their latest work debuting at the 2013 Geneva Auto show is the Provo, Kia’s vision of a sexy road-legal mini race car. Yep, it looks awesome.

The exterior styling features taut surfaces with performance ques like the large front air dam and  rear air diffuser taking on a more functional, geometric look. There’s lots of little race car inspired details. A safety engine ‘kill switch’ required on all real race cars is integrated into the lower fascia. The rims have a large center wheel nut similar to those you see pit workers shoving giant air guns on to change the tires during a race. Integrated into the rear lower bumper is a triangular light which looks similar to the rain lights on modern Formula One cars.

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