If you spend any sort of time on automotive Instagram, there is a good chance you’ve come across the work of one user named CarFrontSwaps. The account does exactly what its name might suggest, plastering the front clip of one vehicle onto another. The results are oftentimes humorous, with the occasional rendering making us wish for an alternate timeline. However, we’re sure this mashup of a Chevrolet Camaro and a Kia Soul is going to ruffle some feathers.
Out of all the cars that one might cross-shop with the Chevrolet Camaro, the Kia Soul doesn’t initially jump out as a contender. The small hatchback may have garnered a cult-following thanks to its hamster-infested advertising, but it has never been much of a performance car. In fact, even the most powerful Kia Soul only produces 201 horsepower. However, this rendering is actually a fairly handsome car. The Kia’s thin LED lights and gaping grille aren’t too dissimilar from the styling cues already found on the current crop of pony cars. Something the Civic SS didn’t have going for it.
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While we don’t think that GM is going to help Kia craft a Chevrolet Camaro competitor, there could actually be a case for such a car. Hyundai Motor Group has started to take performance seriously in the last few years, releasing fan-favorites like the Kia Stinger and the Veloster N. The brand appears to be filling segments that American manufactures have left behind, such is the case with their new hot-hatch and sporty full-size sedan. With the original plans for the seventh-generation Camaro in the scrap pile, perhaps a new Kia coupe could be on the horizon.
Should Hyundai Motor Group want to really give buyers a replacement for the Chevrolet Camaro, they would have to embrace the muscle car way. That of course means throwing a V8 engine under the hood. Luckily for all of us, Hyundai happens to have a naturally-aspirated 5.0L V8 engine that produces 420 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque in the G90 sedan. Considering they have the former head of BMW’s M Division on staff, we wouldn’t be upset about an attempt.