Last week the talk of the town in Detroit and really, around the world was the unveil made my Kia. The North American Auto Show “Best In Show” award winner was the Kia Stinger and there’s no doubt about it, it won in my book too.
“Unlike any Kia that has come before it, the Stinger really is a dream car for us, and here today in Detroit, that dream is now a reality after years of commitment and hard work from a passionate group of designers, engineers, and executives around the world,” – Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, Kia Motors America.
The Stinger has a long stretched hood and short overhang that exudes confidence. Kia’s signature tiger nose grille sits on the wide front track that matches the rear. The couture lines of the car are better than any YouTube makeup star could dream about, and paired with its other functional elements like the front air curtains, wheel arch gills, smooth underbody, and integrated rear diffuser – aid its aerodynamic efficiency. In the rear, you’ll find valance houses four oval exhaust pipes. And no, the hood vents aren’t functional, unfortunately. It has a 114-inch wheelbase. That is longer than anything else in the markets that it’s up against. In doing so the benefit is that you get a lot bigger backseat.
“The Stinger has nothing to do with being the first to arrive at the destination – this car is all about the journey. It’s about passion.” – Gregory Guillaume, chief designer of Kia Motors Europe
If you’re going to make a GT then it’s only fitting we talk about the handling, right? When it came to handling, the Stinger was put to the test on the Nurburgring racing circuit lead by Albert Biermann, head of Kia’s Vehicle Test and High-Performance Development. Check out teaser video from TheCurveAhead to see just how well the handling really is (scroll down to VIDEOS, then find the still of roadway). Riding on a chassis comprised of 55 percent advanced high-strength steel, the Stinger provides an ultra-stiff foundation for the ride-and-handling. This rigidity also contributes to reduced NVH and a quiet cabin. Dynamic Stability Damping Control is a Kia first, this gives you five different drive modes – Personal, Eco, Sport, Comfort, and Smart. Ready for this? That means ride-damping and vehicle handling traits may be modified by you, the driver. While always reacting predictably to the driver’s inputs, depending on road conditions and driving style, the Stinger can be tuned to respond with more agility through corners as the system softens the front shocks and firms up the rear. Conversely, improved high-speed stability is achieved when the system stiffens the front shocks and softens the rear.
Available Features & Specs
Like all Kia models, the Stinger is outfitted with the latest top safety technology. A first for Kia, the new Driver Attention Alert system which sounds a warning chime and displays a graphic on the center instrument binnacle when it senses that the driver’s attention has been compromised from drowsiness or other factors. You will also find Forward Collision Assistance, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The height-adjustable color Head-Up Display (HUD) 5 display enables the driver to see key driving information reflected on the windshield glass, including speed, turn-by- turn navigation, audio and cruise control settings and Blind Spot Detection information. Resting within the center console is a wireless Smartphone charging pad and Bluetooth® 6 hands-free operation is standard while many of the vehicle’s subsystems may be accessed through the steering-wheel-mounted controls.
- 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cyl engine, 255 hp and 260 lb.-ft. of torque
- 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, 365 hp and 376 lb.-ft. of torque
- 2nd-generation 8-speed automatic transmission with 5 drive modes
- Centrifugal Pendulum Absorber (CPA) torque converter
- Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control system (All-Wheel Drive models)
- Brembo® vented disc brakes with quad-piston front calipers and dual-piston rear calipers
- Dynamic Stability Damping Control (DSDC) with 5-Modes
- MacPherson front and multi-link rear suspension
- Rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS) with 5-Modes
- Staggered 19” Alloy Wheels with performance tires
- 55% advanced high-strength steel construction.
- Wheelbase: 114.4 in.
- Length: 190.2 in.
- Width: 73.6 in.
- Driver Attention Alert (DAA), a Kia first
- Forward Collision Assistance (FCA)
- Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
- Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC)
- Lane Keep Assist (LKA)
- Blind Spot Detection (BSD)
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
So that’s everything you need to know about the 2018 Kia Stinger… well almost. What has not be discussed is the price. Kia has not yet released the price point for their GT. They said the pricing will be announced closer to the production time which is Fall 2017. I’m guessing it will be around the K900 or Cadenza. Definitely in the higher range but if Kia makes 3 models of the Stinger like they do for their other vehicles, you can easily get yourself into the entry level model with ease and still have everything you want.
To watch the full live broadcast visit www.thecurveahead.net or head over to www.kiamedia.com