2014 NAIAS Preview: Kia GT4 Stinger Concept teased again

Article by Christian A., on January 10, 2014

Another teaser was revealed by Kia, for its GT4 Stinger that will be unveiled next week at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. According to the Korean manufacturer the new GT4 Stinger Concept is powered by a tuned version of the well-known 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline direct injected (T-GDI) four-cylinder engine that delivers an impressive 315 hp.

Power is delivered to the rear wheels via a close-ration six-speed manual transmission, through the 275/35R20 Pirelli P-Zero performance tires. On the front, the concept is fitted with 235/35R20 Pirelli P-Zeros.

The custom 20-inch aluminum center-lock wheels feature carbon fiber inserts for strength and weight reduction. Behind these wheels we find the Brembo Gran Tourismo two-piece cross-drilled rotors with four-piston calipers. Underpinning the GT4 Stinger’s sculpted “Ignition Yellow” body is a custom chassis with an independent double wishbone suspension.

Devotees of Kia's design ideals, determined by Peter Schreyer, Kia Motors’ president and chief design officer, will instantly identify the main style components of the GT4 Stinger. Kia accorded the vehicle a shrink-wrapped look. This is so the body panels look like they were shaped around the frame instead of just welded on. In profile, the GT4 Stinger is minimal yet strong.

This recent version of the hallmark Kia grille sits low to the ground for maximal engine cooling and cold-air intake. The grille surroundings radiate white and has a layered, black satin border, which is a motif seen throughout the automobile.

Adjoining the grille on either side are upright LED headlights, and front-brake vents delicately shaped into the bumper give a crisp, even look. A carbon fibre front splitter set under the bumper gives additional downforce for the vehicle at higher speeds, keeping the GT4 Stinger's front tires securely planted to the road.

The elongated bonnet gradually lifts towards the cowl. Two chrome accented pieces add aesthetic appeal to the otherwise seamlessness of sheet metal in Ignition Yellow. The bonnet tightly encases the front wheel arches, fashioning two pronounced, brawny fenders over the front tires. The resulting look is a dominant edge at the car's shoulders that ultimately becomes the waist line.

Carrying on around the automobile, the clear A-pillars give the driver a greater than 270-degree view. The slots are layered and cut into the pillars, reducing weight while enhancing external visibility.

As a tribute to the classic Soul, the greenhouse’s design delivers a forceful silhouette. This makes it look like the GT4 Stinger has wrap-around sunglasses on. And like the Soul, the GT4 Stinger’s roof seems to hover from the C-pillars. Alongside the rocker panels are black satin accent components with combined function cooling ducts to increase the flow of air to the back brakes.

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