Kia DC Entertainment Justice League Custom Vehicle Unveiling
Kia Motors America (KMA) and DC Entertainment kicked off the 2012 SEMA Show in superhero style with five radical machines inspired by the members of the Justice League: The Flash Forte Koup, Aquaman Rio 5-door, Cyborg Forte 5-door, Green Lantern Soul and the previously unveiled Batman Optima.
Built by West Coast Customs, RIDES and Super Street, each of the vehicles feature custom artwork by legendary comic book artist and DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee and are intended to raise awareness for DC Entertainment’s “We Can Be Heroes” giving campaign to help fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.
Preview: West Coast Customs 2013 Kia Forte Flash-Inspired
For its second vehicle themed after a character from DC Comic’s Justice League, Kia has chosen the fastest human being in the world of superheroes, The Flash, who will be the inspiration for the firm’s modified Forte compact model.
The Scarlet Speedster-themed Forte is the work of West Coast Customs (WCC) and it will make its world premiere at the 2012 SEMA Show, which takes place in Las Vegas from October 30 to November 2.
For the time being, Kia is sharing only a single teaser rendering of the Forte’s hood that sports a custom paint job and what looks like a window to the engine adorned with The Flash’s emblem.
The superhero-themed cars from Kia and DC Comics will benefit DC Entertainment’s “We Can Be Heroes” charity, with the two companies having made plans to launch six more vehicles over the next few months.
The Batman-themed Optima is the first of a series of eight customized Kia cars that will be released over the next 10 months, with each model representing a character from DC’s Justice League.
Kia worked together with DC Entertainment and RIDES magazine to design and manufacture Batman’s Optima that receives a matte- and piano-black paint scheme with yellow accents and LED lights along with a lowered suspension, a ground effects kit, Ksport performance brakes, custom-designed 20-inch black wheels and a performance exhaust system.
Other exterior details worth mentioning is the custom front grille shaped like a batwing and the bat signal etched into the HID headlights.
The Optima’s interior is upgraded with special seating surfaces in black leather and suede with bold yellow accent stitching, while there’s also a Bat suit and cowl awaiting the driver in the trunk.