Kia Motors has taken the cover of the Stinger GT at the Auto Expo 2018. Kia Stinger made its world premiere at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The car closely follows the design and engineering blueprint laid down by the 2011 version of the Kia GT Concept, and will be the highest-performance production vehicle in the company’s product line-up.
Turning a concept into a production car was not that easy. Kia’s European design studio in Frankfurt, which is the birthplace of the 2011 GT concept brought the Stinger to life. Charge was taken by Peter Schreyer, Chief Design Officer of Kia Motors, and Gregory Guillaume, Chief Designer at Kia Motors Europe.
Speaking of the exterior, the sleek frontal section starting from its svelte flanks, and up to its powerful haunches, the Kia Stinger GT boast of masculinity and confidence. The Stinger measures 4,830 mm in length and 1,870 mm in width with a wheelbase of 2,905 mm , making it longer, wider and spacious than many sport sedans, and allowing for a spacious cabin and cargo area as well. The ‘Coke bottle’ shape of the car’s flanks highlights, enhancing the visual power of the Stinger’s shoulder line, as well as its fastback silhouette. Other purely functional elements of the exterior design – the front air curtains, wheel arch gills, smooth underbody, and integrated rear diffuser – aid its aerodynamic efficiency. The rear valance houses four oval exhaust pipes. Kia’s signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille sits proudly between complex LED headlamps.
Inside, you will get an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, paired with a powerful 720-watt, 15-speaker Harman-Kardon® surround-sound audio system. A height-adjustable Head-Up Display (HUD) enables the driver to see key driving information reflected on the glass of the windscreen, including speed, turn-by-turn navigation guidance, audio, cruise control and Blind Spot Detection information. In terms of features, the Stinger is packed with standard equipments like Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Emergency Braking and pedestrian recognition; Advanced Smart Cruise Control; Lane Keeping Assist System; Rear Cross Traffic Alert; Surround View Monitoring System for low-speed manoeuvres; Blind Spot Detection; and High Beam Assist.
Internationally, the Stinger is power-packed with a choice of three engines - a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder ‘Theta’ petrol engine that makes 252bhp with 353Nm of peak torque, a 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine that belts out a power output of 197bhp with 440Nm and a 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged V6 ‘Lambda II’ petrol engine, with peak power of 370 ps arriving at 6,000 rpm, and 510 Nm torque.