The KIA Stinger GT World Premiere at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show made the automotive industry sit up and take notice.
KIA is serious about producing a performance GT that will make buyers think twice about their choices in the market sector.
The anticipated on road price for the KIA Stinger GT Twin Turbo 3.3 liter V6 is comparable to the new 2016 Ford V8 Mustang. There will also be a 190 kW 4 Cylinder 2.0 litre Turbo comparable with the Mustang 4 Cylinder Turbo.
The KIA Stinger GT Twin Turbo 3.3 liter V6 produces a sub 6 second 0-60 MPH from 272kW/510 Nm so will surprise a few from the lights.
With standard 225/45R18 rubber, the Four Cylinder 2.0 litre Stinger also loves to drift. Being no slouch with around 6.0sec to 100km/h and with all that low-down torque, plus a standard mechanical limited-slip differential, feels lighter on its feet, while its constant-ratio steering feels reassuringly connected.
An eight speed automatic inhouse developed gearbox and performance tuned suspension with rear wheel drive and huge wheels and Michelin tyres developed on the Nurburgring is serious.
All performance aspects overseen by an ex BMW M master technician, Albert Biermann, should enhance any sporting on road experience expected by enthusiastic driving oriented owners.
The excellently proportioned and styled body by Peter Schreyer of Audi TT fame, has its own look that will be recognizable as a KIA to most.
Long & low – 4831mm long, 1869mm wide and 1400mm tall, riding on a 2906mm wheelbase the Stinger doesn’t really have a direct competitor anywhere according to KIA.
With a Weight of 1770kg and 0-100 km/h: 5.1 sec (estimated) and the Fuel economy of 9.5L/100 km also estimated, the numbers stack up well.