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Two years ago, we test drove a K900 with a 5.0-liter V-8 power train under the hood. This year, Kia has added a 3.8-liter V-6 engine pumping 311 horsepower @ 6000 rpm and 293 pounds-feet of torque @ 5000 rpm. Also revamped in the Korean carmaker rear-wheel-drive premium flagship is the front grille, while the rear gets fresh chrome trim, exhausts, tail lamps and a new bumper. And 18-inch wheels are standard on the V-6, which is still mated to an effortless 8-speed auto transmission.
The cabin is as top-notch and upscale as any of the German competitors with Nappa leather on the front heated/cooled seats, power tilt/telescopic steering column and shifter. A knob in the center console operates audio, navigation, telephone and UVO eServices. Six-footers can sit at ease in the sofa-like and well-appointed back seat. Other standard features include head-up display, power open/close trunk door and rear sunshade, three-zone auto a/c control, 12.3-inch LCD instrument panel, manual side sunshades, Lexicon 900-watt sound system to thrill audiophiles, panoramic sunroof, revised 9.2-inch navigation display and 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space.
Standard safety features in our test-drive version are dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, four-wheel antilock brakes with electronic stability and traction controls, side impact door beams, blind spot detection, rear-cross traffic alert and lane departure warning, advanced smart cruise control, front/rear camera display and parking sensors, front and rear three-point seatbelts, tire pressure monitoring and daytime running lights.
If you ever wanted to be treated like a member of the royal clan, the K900 will fulfill your desires. And more. That it comes with a 10-year or 100,000-mile power train, a five-year or 60,000-mile basic warranty and roadside assistance, and a three-year, 37,500-mile complimentary scheduled maintenance is a plus.

Wheelbase: 119.9 inches
Length: 200.6 inches
Suspension: five-link independent
Steering: electro-hydraulic power
Fuel capacity: 19.8 gallons
City: 17 mpg
Highway: 26 mpg
Weight: 4,376 pounds
Price as tested: $60,850
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