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Described as the ultimate performance edition of the very popular Soul, the Kia Track'ster Concept debuted at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.

The Track'ster is a three-door hatch with a lowered profile. Under the hood sits a turbocharged 247 horsepower gasoline engine. The Track'ster is designed to be Soul's sleeker, more powerful sibling.

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Kia Track'ster concept autoshow platform

"The idea was to make the Track'ster tough looking, like a bulldog," said Tom Kearns, chief designer for Kia Motors America (KMA). "But the car had to be approachable as well. We wanted to base the car in reality so people instantly knew it was a Soul, but with a lot of attitude. It had to be a bold interpretation that would change people's conceptions of what a sporty Kia could be."

Kia Track'ster concept head on

The bold attitude starts with the eye-catching Whiteout and Inferno Orange paint scheme. While the white portrays complex layers and shades that contribute to dramatic depth, the orange is perfectly suited for racing. Kia's signature grille features an air intake slit and is trimmed in lightweight carbon fibre.

Kia Track'ster concept over head

A 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-4 engine pumps 250 horsepower to the pavement, a 66 per cent increase over that of the production Soul. Power is routed to all four wheels via an electronically controlled four-wheel-drive system.

Kia Track'ster concept front driver's side 3/4 angle

Behind the front seats is where Track'ster takes a significant step apart. The rear seats have been removed and replaced with a fully integrated equipment tray and spare-tire well. Large paneled bins stow racing gear such as helmets, suits, gloves and tools while emergency supplies are housed within a separate and highly visible Inferno Orange container.

Kia Track'ster concept rear seat spare tire mount

Soul fans will instantly recognize the Track'ster's angled roof, accented with Inferno Orange. Closer inspection reveals this concept, while Soul inspired, is missing the production car's rear doors. The front doors have been lengthened and adorned with smooth billet push-style handles which echo the racing-inspired billet fuel filler door.

Kia Track'ster concept rear passenger's side 3/4 angle