Practicality is the primary thing that Kia Sephia could offer. If you are looking for a family car that's lavished with reliable performance and satisfying ride quality, Kia Sephia is just the right vehicle for you. The engineers of Kia Motors Company poured their passion in engineering each Kia Sephia parts. With that, the Kia Sephia performance parts worked well enough to bring notable power and strength for such an affordable unit. The body parts looked good as it covers the chassis that protects the performance parts. And the accessory parts spiced-up the beauty that's true beauty that's within its engineering.
The interior part of Sephia was loaded with features that truly enhance the comfort offered therein. The seats, air conditioner, entertainment system and dashboard complemented the design. The shift lever, steering wheels, pedals and buttons were in perfect locations with which the driver can have enjoyable driving experience. Its shell basically features body panels and indispensable contraptions that are way far comparable with the current platforms. But for a Sephia, those features are good enough.
In the current generation, most automobiles carry innovations that were developed through long years. And you might feel unsatisfied with your Kia Sephia if you see it beside a unit that's really amazing. But as current technology offered a whole lot of improvements within the engineering of the present platforms, auto products as well are endowed with such. And of course, Kia Sephia parts are included. These are aftermarket products which would help you transform your travel buddy into a more appealing and exciting machine.
With OEM, factory and custom Kia Sephia parts, the dull look of your vehicle would instantly disappear. By choosing the perfect replacement Kia Sephia parts and other aftermarket products, a Kia Sephia can actually achieve higher-performance level and fresh appearance. Most of them are easy to install, thus you can have an almost new vehicle in no time.
What is the difference between supercharger and turbocharger? I'm trying to figure out which to give my Kia Sephia.
From their names, we know that the supercharger and the turbocharger add engine power or enable higher charge. They further improve torque for optimal performance. Both power boosters are also dependent on the original horsepower of the engine. This means that neither of the two is capable of producing their own power in the absence of the engine. But they work in many different ways.
The supercharger, for instance, is driven by a belt that is directly dependent on the engine, whereas the turbocharger simply runs with the use of engine's exhaust. In other words, the supercharger saps power from the engine before it is able to add power boost, but the turbocharger only needs the engine waste. Significantly, fuel efficiency is also better than the latter.
I had my Kia Sephia installed with a supercharger already, but I feel like it's not giving its best yet. How can I optimize its potential?
It's true that the engine can already get the power boost promised by a supercharger after it has been installed. But if you want the full potential of your supercharger to be revealed, you still need to make some modifications from under the hood. The real blast can be witnessed with the aid of an upgraded exhaust system. Such an exhaust allows waste gases to leave the engine quicker, thus making more room for combustion in a continuous manner. Another option you have is the use of intercooler. It is a heat exchanging device designed to cool down coolant in a more efficient way, easily handling the successive stages of compression that have been heightened by the supercharger.
I saw this old car running with a twin turbo, so I'm wondering if I can also install a twin in my Kia Sephia. Please give me some advice.
Yes, you can. However, you need to consider several things first.You have to make sure that the kind of supercharger you get will match your engine. If it is a fuel injected car, check whether the pump and the injectors or the programmed software controller provide the amount of fuel required to achieve a true turbocharged engine power. In this case, you may still need to make modifications so as to get the maximum boost the turbocharger can give.
You must also ensure that the compression ratio of your Sephia engine can handle knocking. This is particularly important because the turbocharger will pump air with pressure into the cylinders and will be further compressed by the pistons upon reaching the chamber. The compressed air may increase temperature up to the point that it ignites combustion even before the ignition fires. In other words, you would need an engine that runs on higher fuel consumption to avoid knocking. Remember that too high boost pressure requires lower compression ratio to be able to avoid knocking. These engine alterations may cost big bucks, but money is a good tradeoff for power boost.
Kia Sephia and Its Eight-Year Automotive History
The Kia Sephia is known for being the first car to be sold in the United States under the Kia name. This Korean auto manufacturer used what was believed to be a brilliant marketing strategy—launching the Sephia in western America, one region at a time. Over the years, it just gradually expanded across the nation.
Wondering where Kia got the name Sephia? It’s actually an acronym for style, elegant, powerful, high-tech, ideal, and auto. Despite having these “SEPHIA” qualities, this vehicle model was sold at a reasonably low price. It was slotted in the compact economy car segment and aimed for families or first-time buyers who are on a budget.
1992 - 1997: Generation I Kia Sephia
The first-generation Sephia was introduced in 2002 as replacement for the Kia Capital. It initially came as a sedan powered by standard B-series engines, with 1.5L engine at 79 hp or 1.6L engine at 105 hp. Three trim levels were offered and only the highest trim got power features. Air conditioning was offered as an option across all trims. And since it was made to offer a cheap mode of transportation, its first year in the market proved to be successful, with more than 100,000 units sold.
Sales in the United States started in 1993 for the 1994 model year, making the Sephia the first Kia to be ever exported to the American market. For 1995, the said model came with restyled grilles and tail lights, and the engine for all the units marketed in the US, except for California, was upgraded to 1.8-liter DOHC four-cylinder BP engine. In the spring of 1994, Kia Sephia was unveiled in Europe as the Kia Mentor.
1998 - 2003: Generation II Kia Sephia
The second-generation Sephia was offered as a four-door sedan and five-door liftback and powered by either a DOHC 1.5-liter or the new DOHC 1.8-liter engine. While Kia teamed up with Mazda, Sephia’s chassis design was proudly all-Kia made. This new generation of Sephia was produced in Egypt, South Korea, as well as in Russia. In Australia, the 2nd-gen sedan and liftback were sold as the “Mentor”.
In North America, the 2nd-gen Sephia sedan arrived in 1997 for the 1998 model year. By the time this nameplate retired in South Korea in 2000, the U.S. version received the liftback variant. However, it was marketed under the name “Kia Spectra”. The Sephia and the Spectra were sold alongside each other until 2001, when the latter became a separate model with its won 2.0-liter, 135-hp version of Sephia’s T8D 1.8 liter engine. Even when Kia shut down the production of Kia Sephia in 2003, its sibling, the Spectra, remained in production until the year 2009.