Kia probably might not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of executive sporty saloon cars, but the Korean-make brand hopes to change that with the release of its new Stinger. This stylish four-door takes on to the likes of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, and Audi S4 has been launched in Detroit and definitely will go on sale in 2018.
The Stinger’s styling makes a serious departure from other Kia’s usual fairly humdrum range. The brand’s familiar tiger nose bumper grille has been stretched significantly to make the new car’s broad front fender well pronounced. While a clutch of large angular air-intakes offers it a suitably great appearance.
The Stinger will be offered with a 2. 0-litre turbocharged 4cyl engine producing 255hp and, in GT guise, with a 3. 3-litre double turbo V6 producing 365hp. Both models come with rear-wheel drive as standard but can be improved to four-wheel drive for enhanced better grip and acceleration on slippery surfaces.
The new Stinger will have an acceleration of 0-62mph in 5. 1 seconds, a few microseconds below the 4. 7-second sprint time announced by Audi’s S4. Lesser-powered 2. 0-litre editions will probably complete the same dash in a more leisurely six to seven seconds.
Kia Stinger GT equipment
A broad range of advanced protection kit will come built into the new Stinger, from an autonomous emergency braking to a 360 degrees camera to help make tricky parking manoeuvres as easy possible. Lane assist, blind spot monitoring and automated headlights are also fitted with Kia’s new DRIVE WiSE safety system.
Additional techy treats include a head-up magnificent display that can relay speed, blind spot warning and satellite nav directions. Wireless charging pad for your mobile phone and Bluetooth connectivity across the range. Entry-level vehicles will come with a seven-inch touchscreen technology infotainment system while top-spec models will boast a larger eight-inch system and an upgraded 15-speaker Harman-Kardon stereo.
Available Features & Specs (All specifications are Kia estimates.)
– 2. 0-liter turbocharged 4-cyl engine,
– 255 hp and 260 lb. -ft. of torque
– 3. 3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine,
– 365 hp and 376 lb.-ft. of torque
– 2nd-generation 8-speed automated transmission with 5 drive settings
– Centrifugal Pendulum Absorber (CPA) torque converter
– Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control system
– Brembo(R) venting disc brakes with quad-piston front callipers and dual-piston rear callipers
– Dynamic Stability Damping Control (DSDC) with 5-Modes
– Mcpherson front and multi-link rear end suspension system
– Rack-mounted Engine Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS) with 5-Modes
– Staggered 19″ Alloy Wheels with performance tires
– 57% advanced high-strength steel structure.
• Driver Attention Alert (DAA), a Kia first
• Forward Collision Assistance (FCA)
• Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
• Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC)
• Lane Keep Assist (LKA)
• Blind Spot Detection (BSD)
• Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
– Wheel base: 114. 4 in.
– Length: 190. 2 in.
– Width: 73. 6 in.
The cost of the Stinger is not yet known, but it’s affirmed this slinky saloon will go on sale across Europe probably in in late 2017. Entry-level 2. 0-litre models could cost from roughly £30, 000 while top-spec V6 versions could cost you about £40, 000.