by Tony West
Kia’s new K900 is the most powerful and most luxurious whip in their line. “World class accommodations” and two engine options should help the K900 be a worthy competitor to luxury sedan leaders like the Cadillac XTS and the Lexus ES.
For Kia’s 20th anniversary in the US, the K900 was unveiled in early 2014 with big budget promotions. As a real luxury sedan lover I’m looking past the hype and checking out the inside and under the hood of Kia’s new whip. Kia’s victorious debut of their K900 comes on the heels of high praise of their new Optima and Cadenza. Kia’s designers did a great job giving executive perks to the luxury sedan while maintaining a driver-focused cabin. The K900 promises to take over the rear-wheel drive sedan segment.
The 2015 K900 is available as a V6 and a V8 model. The V8 K900 has 19 inch chrome wheels, a chrome grille, and adaptive LED lighting. LED lights configure the headlights, daytime running lights, fog lights, and turn signals. The K900 has an executive look to it with its long wheelbase, swept rake, and high rear deck lid. The rear LED taillights are in a cool trapezoid design. And a chrome bezel decorates the power deck lid.
Impressive Athletic Powertrain
The Kia K900 V8 engine is the first offered in a Kia sedan. The 32-valve 5-liter Tao DOHC all-aluminum engine has 420 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. The 3.8 liter Lamda V6 engine has 311 horsepower and 293 lb-ft of torque. Both the V8 and V6 engines have direct injection and variable valve timing. The V8 is mated to an 8-speed auto transmission.
Drivers can select Normal, Eco, and Sport drive modes that will optimize steering and shifting for the right occasion. The K900 utilizes five-link independent front and rear suspension for advanced handling in various road conditions.
Inside the 2015 K900 is an LED illuminated leather and wood trimmed driver-focused cabin. High grade leather is standard in the V6 and Nappa leather is standard in the V8.
The leather cabin also has optimal contrast stitching. The V8 has standard heated and ventilated front seats that are 12-way adjustable. A 16-way adjustable driver’s seat is part of the V8 VIP Package that also includes a power headrest and a cushion extender. The VIP Package also includes a 12.3 inch full color TFT dash. The Heads up Display projects speed, navigation, and warnings on the windshield.
Other sexy lux interior features include a panoramic roof, power rear and side sunshades, and the 9.2 inch touch screen for voice command, navigation, and infotainment. The V8 also has a Lexicon audio system with 17 speakers. Dizznam! The audio system bangs out pristine sounds for Sirius XM Satellite radio, HD radio, or Bluetooth. Rear passengers in the K900 can control their own climate and even power recline their seats.
Competitive Safety Tech
Kia’s 2015 K900 is full of useful safety technology. Indicators for the Blind Spot Detection and Lane Departure Warning appear in the Heads up Display. Part of the Advanced Vehicle Safety Management uses sensors and safety technology to keep drivers aware of impending collisions. Rear Cross Traffic Alert is standard in the V8. The V8 VIP Package adds the Surround View Monitor system that uses four camera views around the K900 to detect pretty much anything that could harm the whip. Since the K900 is 75 percent high and ultra high strength steel it’s rigid and resilient. The hard-body frame, with chrome and LED components along with its luxurious interior make the 2015 a worthwhile buy for $60,000…if you’re not interested in a Cadillac or a Lexus.