This is the new caliper for my rear left wheel as seen from above, also when it's mounted to the car:
The cable of the parking brake is attached to the hook at the lower right, and the housing is hold by the angle bracket to the upper right, which is bolted to the caliper body.
Now, there is this big, massive, machined piece of metal attached to the angle bracket. It can't be a stop, since there is nothing that could stop there. It could be a counter weight, but this seems unlikely to me.
So, what is it?
(And yes, the old calipers have this too, on both sides.)
Edit: Kia Picanto 2004