Kia ‘Retro Surf’ Rio (Concept)

2011 Kia 'Retro Surf' Rio ConceptNAME: Kia ‘Retro Surf’ Rio

DEBUT: SEMA, November 2011

APPEARANCE: You could go into lengthy detail about how this Rio, conceived for the tuners paradise that is the SEMA show in Las Vegas, has dramatically lowered suspension, three-piece gold alloy wheels and has numerous fine wood inlays to match the surfboard on top. But in truth it can be described with a single word: badass.

PREDICTION: SEMA show cars are rarely anything more than an opportunity for some of the more sensible car manufacturers to let their creative types go a little crazy, but the Retro Surf does at least show how good a hot version of the Rio could look – however unlikely that sounds.

RATING: 8/10

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