Kia Motors announces it's new GT- The Stinger

Jan 10, 2017, 00:45
Kia Motors announces it's new GT- The Stinger

The show opens to the public on Saturday, but some products are being unveiled as early as Sunday.

Kia Motors is poised to enter the high-performance saloon vehicle segment with the unveiling of its new Stinger model at the North American International Auto Show.

As promised, Kia has turned its impressive 2011 GT rear-wheel drive sports sedan concept into an equally impressive production model named the Stinger that was presented today ahead of a world premiere tomorrow in Detroit. Then it was sequestered, forgotten, and presumed dead.

A five-door, five-seat auto, it has an overtly aggressive look that distinguishes it from Kia's other cars - most notably the conservative Optima executive saloon.

The vehicle unveiled in Detroit differs from its concept ancestor in a number of details. Selecting the V-6 adds Brembo-brand brakes with four-piston front calipers and two-piston rear calipers.

"The Stinger is the right auto to take Kia, and the brand's perception, to the next level in Australia".

As noted, the chassis is rear-drive and educated guesses figure its structure originates in the Genesis parts bin at corporate overlord Hyundai.

It's longer overall than rivals, too, at 190.2 inches.

From some angles, the Stinger GT can claim to be among the best-looking cars in its class.

Kia has confirmed the Stinger will be available in two variants for the USA market, with the aforementioned flagship underpinned by a more conservatively-powered 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, producing 190kW/352Nm. The V6-engined Kia Stinger GT can sprint from 0 to 62 miles per hour (100 km/h) in just 5.1 seconds, which is not lighting-quick for the class, but it still qualifies as sprightly. The auto will have an eight-speed automatic transmission, with no manual option. All-wheel drive is optional, a first for a Kia sedan, and features torque-vectoring. It has a limited slip differential, so expect a great dynamic behavior. Both will have five different drive modes to switch between, changing the settings of the suspension, steering, shift patterns, and throttle mapping. The wheelbase is 2,906mm and the Stinger measures 1,869mm across.

Another display in the gauge cluster provides trip computer information, as well as cornering G-forces and lap times.

A large color touch screen dominates the upper dash, with HVAC controls just beneath. Kia will also offer an all-wheel-drive version, though power will still regularly go to the rear tires. Kia calls its collection Multiple Driver Assistance Systems.

Considering the financial investment that is also required (which industry sources put at least $5million over three years in terms of sponsorship, engine development and leveraging the relationship outside of the series) it is still a long shot - but not an impossible one - that Kia will be on the grid before 2020.

The company said mass production of the batteries will be available in 2021.

This being a static unveil at the Detroit Motor Show, we can't say, but the ingredients look very positive. As a rough index, MSRPs in the Stinger's target segment typically range from about $35,000 to a little over $50,000.

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