Kia Stinger, the Korean carmaker’s first RWD sports saloon
The GT concept Kia showcased in 2011 was a preview of their sporting intentions. But now, they have actually put it into production. The Kia Stinger is a culmination of all the European poaching the Koreans have indulged in over the years, starting with designer Peter Schreyer and ending with BMW M dynamics engineer Albert Biermann.
Design wise, the Stinger looks like a much sportier version of the latest Kia Optima. But there are details on the body which are unique enough to give it a special image. The LED headlamps are now disconnected from the tiger nose grill. A sportier bumper with larger air intakes gives the front an aggressive stance. There are twin vents on the hood, flared arches and door mirrors that are fitted on the bodywork instead of the A-pillar. At the rear, the boot lid curves upwards slowly to the end to form an integrated spoiler. The LED tail lamps and the rear diffuser flank the quad-exhaust pipes.
The sporty new Kia has a handsome interior as well. A touchscreen infotainment system is offered along with an optional 720 watt 15-speaker Harmon/Kardon audio system and a Heads Up Display. A TFT display placed between the dials will display information like G-forces and lap times. A ton of driver assistance systems will be available.
The engines that are slated to power the Stinger are still in development. A 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol which churns out 255 hp of power and 352 Nm of torque will be available in the base model while the higher-spec models will feature a 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 from the Genesis G90, capable of dishing out 365 hp and 509 Nm. The Stinger will share the 8-speed automatic gearbox from the Kia Quoris, albeit with a few tweaks to reduce vibrations. AWD and RWD drivetrains will be available. Kia believes that the Stinger will accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in 5.2 seconds.
The Stinger debuted at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show this week. Pricing will be made clear when it goes on sale later this year, but it remains to be seen whether Kia will finally offer a car that drives better than a wooden log.