At the Detroit Auto Show, South Korean automaker Kia has launched its most performance-oriented car to date, the Stinger (or the Stinger GT if you buy it with the V6 engine).
It has been made under the guidance of former BMW M honcho Albert Biermann and will compete with the likes of the 4 Series Gran Coupe and the Audi A4 once sales commence in H2 2017.
We had a look at the 2018 Stinger and here are five things you should know about the car.
The Stinger gets two engine options- a 2.0-liter inline-four turbo and a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6. The four-cylinder engine produces 255 HP at 6200 RPM and 353 Nm of torque from 1400-4000 RPM. Meanwhile, the V6 makes 365 HP at 6000 RPM and 510 Nm of torque from 1300-4500 RPM. Both the engines are paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox and can be opted with RWD or AWD configuration.
For Europe, there will be a diesel variant as well but Kia hasn’t mentioned anything about it yet.
Kia claims the Stinger GT will go from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds and have a top-speed of 268 km/h (167 mph). To 100 km/h, this makes it as fast the RWD 440i Gran Coupe, although both are outpaced by the S4 (B9) by 0.4 seconds.
The Stinger’s chassis comprises of 55 percent high-strength steel. The suspension includes McPherson struts on the front and a multi-link set-up on the rear, along with electronically adaptive dampers (a first in a Kia).
The RWD models get a mechanical limited-slip differential, while the AWD models will be fitted with a torque vectoring system. The steering is electronic and Kia says mounting the motor on the rack improves feedback and reduces vibrations. In the Stinger GT, there are Brembo brakes and 19-inch wheels with 225-front/255-rear tires.
The smooth underbody, rear diffuser, air curtains and gills on the wheel arches are all “purely functional” elements on the exterior to aid airflow.
Despite having been “developed on the Nurburgring” and its performance focused set-up, the Stinger is still a grand tourer.
So the styling is elegant and not aggressive, there’s an upmarket cabin with the latest infotainment system and optional Harman Kardon sound system, the wheelbase is longer than its competitors for extra space and the dynamics are focused on spirited yet comfortable, long-distance driving rather than taking the corners at illegal speeds.
The Stinger also gets a plethora of driver aids. The most significant is the Driver Attention Alert (DAA) system, which will alert the driver with a sound and graphic warning if he/she appears to be drowsy or distracted. Apart from that, there’s adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist (LKA) system, Forward Collision Assist (FCA) with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and a Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system.