Kia is taking things a step further with the new Kia Stinger, which they first introduced at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. With the specs given to us by the company, it seems like the sports sedan will be at par with Mercedes and BMW’s new offerings.
Firstly, the said model has been equipped with a powerful 3.3 liter biturbo V6 engine, which is capable of producing as much as 365 horsepower (272 kilowatts). To prove those numbers, the company decided to take the Stinger out for a drive at no other than the Nurburgring. One thing we know is that only the good sports sedans head to that track to prove themselves worthwhile.
So, the Kia Stinger proved itself right as it went through 480 laps and over 6,200 miles (10,000 kilometers) around the Nurburgring in a span of a few weeks. But that’s not all, as the diesel-powered Stinger also sprinted around the Green Hell for double the distance - that is 12,400 miles (20,000 kilometers). We owe thanks to the Kia designers and engineers for ensuring that the aerodynamically sport sedans were made to perform as we expect them to. With all that mileage used up during the test phase, we are pretty confident with the Kia Stinger’s stamina.
Gregory Guillaume, Kia Motors Europe’s Chief Designer said that “the new Kia GT is a true gran turismo, a car for spirited long-distance driving”. He further added that the Stringer is not about power, racing or arriving at the destination before everyone else, and that it is made to enjoy the journey. “It’s about passion”, he said.
In just under four weeks at the Nurburgring, a number of revisions were made to the aerodynamics, which improved the airflow over the car. The front bodywork’s angle shifted more towards the rear, while the “gills” were added behind the front wheel arches. The tweaked version was also given a “ducktail” spoiler which increased stability while reducing lift when the car goes on maximum speed. The suspension was also given minor adjustments.
In just 4.9 seconds, the final version of the Kia GT4 Stinger can sprint from 0 to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour), thanks to its 3.3 liter biturbo V6 engine. On the other hand, the base 2.0-liter inline-four produces 255 horsepower (190 kilowatts), allowing it to reach 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in approximately 6.0 seconds.
If you are interested in the Kia Stringer, you can get your hands on one later this year. However, there have been no hints released yet with regards to the pricing of both models.