The Mainstream Kia Stinger GT Delivers Prestige Style | MHH International
Kia as a company has made huge strides in the last decade and their range now features some fine cars. To cap it all, in many regions they offer an outstanding and industry-leading warranty package. What has been lacking in their catalogue has been something more thrilling. Now it is here.
Kia’s powerful new fastback sports saloon channels the spirit of historic grand tourers. It is a powerful elegant vehicles and looks fast, standing still. The Korean company say that at every stage of development, the Stinger has been designed and engineered to be the perfect ‘gran turismo’.
The car features a head-turning aesthetic, ample room to seat five occupants plus their luggage, a stable, unruffled ride, and nimble handling with engaging, rear-biased power delivery.
In Europe, the Stinger will be available with a choice of three engines: a 2.0L turbo-petrol engine delivering 251bhp (255PS) and 353Nm maximum torque. There’s also a 2.2L 197bhp turbodiesel engine (200PS and 440 Nm) and the piece de resistance, a 3.3L twin-turbo V6. This powerplant produces a mighty 365bhp (370PS) with a maximum torque output of 510Nm. In this guise the Stinger accelerates from 0-62mph in just 5.1 seconds, making it the fastest-accelerating and most powerful car Kia has ever produced.
The Kia Stinger GT is designed to take on prestige models like Audi’s S5 and the BMW 4 Series. It will be available with a choice of rear-wheel and all-wheel drive, as well as a range of ‘DRiVE WISE’ active safety systems featuring lane assist, blind spot monitoring and automatic headlights and auto emergency braking. There’s an electronically-adjustable suspension system (Dynamic Stability Damping Control), and a five-mode Drive Mode Select system.
Upgraded models will be available with a torque vectoring system Na all versions will come fitted with an eight-speed auto gearbox as standard but buyers looking to spruce up their already fairly spicy saloon can choose an optional limited-slip differential. This collection of cogs helps prevent the rear wheels from losing grip in slippery conditions or under heavy acceleration.
In the neat and very stylish interior buyers will find a 7” touchscreen in lower spec versions while top-spec models boast a larger eight-inch system and an upgraded 15-speaker Harman-Kardon stereo. Bluetooth and all the usual techy suspects are on board as you would expect.
Kia insist that the Stinger is the result of years of dedicated design and development work. Six years after the company revealed its powerful statement of intent in the GT Concept, the Stinger GT will enter production and go on sale in Europe during the fourth quarter of 2017 with UK prices at around £43,000.
In the flesh, this is a very striking car. The German brands had better watch their backs.