After showing its first concept in 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany, it has always been Kia’s wish to launch a GT production vehicle. After over 5 years, the Korean automaker this year introduces the “Stinger”, Kia’s production-ready Gran Turismo model.
Interestingly, the 2018 Kia Stinger is almost similar to the GT4 Stinger it introduced in 2014 at the North American International Auto Show. It’s as if history keeps on repeating itself as Kia is now once again embarking on great things in Detroit.
The 2018 Kia Stinger is probably the largest one in the segment, considering its measurements are at 4.8 meters long and 1.87 meters wide. Also at 2.9 meters, the new Kia sedan probably has the longest wheelbase since it is longer than any other competing models. In other words, this would be an advantage as far as cargo and cabin space is concerned. Likewise, Kia reassures everyone that the Stinger has enough room for your golf bags and luggage. It even has the handy power lift gate for added convenience.
Kia will equip the AWD with the new Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control technology while the mechanical limited slip differential will come with the rear-wheel. Since the Stinger is the brand’s first ever sedan with both rear-wheel-drive and AWD offering, most of its development was done in Nurburgring to ensure its performance.
The 2018 Kia Stinger is expected to run from 0 to 62mph under 5.1 seconds as it hits a top speed of 167 mph. The base model will be powered by a 255hp 2.0 litre turbocharger. There is also an available 365hp, 3.3 litre V6 engine for those who want more out of the engine. Both will be paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox either in rear wheel or all-wheel drive layout.
In addition, the GT will have a set of 19-inch wheels with tyres measuring 225/40 R19 and 255/35 R1 and will be equipped with Brembo’s ventilated piston brakes. As for the base model, it will have the standard 18-inch alloy sets with 225/45 R18 set of tyres.
The Stinger features both analogue and digital clusters including an infotainment touch screen device complete with live traffic updates, lap time, G-force, engine oil temperature display, as well as the most updated satellite navigation system. Among its safety technologies are rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning.
For its interiors, Kia’s 2018 Stinger will be offered with Nappa leather seats, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, head-up display and Harman Kardon high end sound system with wireless charging for your smart device.