Kia GT4 Stinger Concept revealed… unofficially

Article by Christian A., on January 13, 2014

The Kia GT4 Stinger Concept showed up today ahead of its official debut that will take place later today at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. We have to admit that we were impressed by this new vehicle as it looks quite impressive, but there are little chances to see a production version.

As you can see from the photos, the front end is dominated by the big front grille and by the stylish LED headlights. Moreover we find big wheel arches that underline its muscular appearance. Furthermore, the rear end features C-shaped LED taillights, a centered GT4 logo and integrated exhaust system. The interior continues the sporty theme and comes with sport seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel a well as with a stylish dashboard.

Under the hood, there is a four-cylinder 2.0-liter T-GDI gasoline engine rated at 315 hp (235 kW), bolted to a close-ration 6-speed manual transmission that delivers all that power to the rear wheels. The exterior design is completed by the big 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tires. Behind these wheels there are Brembo Gran Turismo two-piece cross-drilled rotors with four-piston calipers.

Through a number of key styling elements, it is quite easy to tell that the GT4 Stinger employs the brand’s design language, as formulated by Peter Schreyer, president and chief design officer of Kia Motors Corp.

Kearns remarked that they gave the GT4 Stinger a shrink-wrapped appearance that made its body panels to be seemingly formed around the chassis, rather than welded to it. Moreover, the GT4 Stinger – finished in Ignition Yellow exterior -- is gifted with a simple yet powerful silhouette.

Up front, the new GT4 Stinger is defined by the latest interpretation of the signature Kia grille, which now sits lower to allow for optimal engine cooling and cold-air induction. Interestingly, the surround of the grille glows white and features a multi-layered, satin-black border. This grille is flanked by vertical LED headlamps as well as by front-brake cooling vents now molded into the bumper, mounted below of which is a carbon fiber front splitter that helps generate more downforce during high speeds.

Meanwhile, the GT4 Stinger boasts of a ripple-less long bonnet gently rising to meet the cowl and featuring two chrome accent pieces. The bonnet seemingly hugs the front wheel arches to create two protruding muscular fenders -- resulting in a more pronounced shoulder edge that also serves as the belt line.

Since the GT4 Stinger features transparent A-pillars, the driver enjoys a view that exceeds 270 degrees. While the layered slots cut into the pillars help cut weight, they also help enhance outward visibility. Meanwhile, the design of the greenhouse – inspired by the iconic Soul – lends the GT4 Stinger an aggressive side profile. This, according to Kearns, makes it seem that the GT4 Stinger is wearing wrap-around sunglasses. Just like the Soul, the GT4 Stinger features a roof that seemingly floats from the C-pillars. Satin black accent pieces with integrated functional cooling ducts are placed along the rocker panels to help improve flow of air to the car’s rear brakes.

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