The standard 2018 Kia Stinger is powered by 2.0 liter, 255 horsepower, turbocharged four cylinder engine while the performance spec GT version has a 365 horsepower twin turbo V6.
So this is what Kia unveiled; the astonishing Stinger four-door-coupe and its one of the peerless thing we have ever seen from the Korean automaker.
It is obvious that Kia wants to beat the premium market by taking on the likes of Audi and BMW after building a solid reputation by producing the stylish, stunning, well made cars and SUVs for the mass markets.
After introducing the K9000 luxury sedan in 2014 which truly did not fulfill the premium market expectations, Koreans have learned a lot since then and has a product that should be a concern to Germany’s stalwart brand.
Kia’s Stinger has two engines, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission putting power to the pavement through either the rear wheels or all four wheels.
Kia declares, the V6 Stinger should be able to hit 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 167 mph.
According to Albert Biermann, Kia’s head of high performance development, “I think, for the Kia brand, the Stinger is like a special event, because nobody expects such a car, not just the way it looks but also the way it drives. It is wholly a different animal”.
As a four door coupe, the Stringer is equivalent to compete with the new Audi A5/S5 Sportback as well as the BMW/4-series Gran Coupe.
The biggest news is the arrival of Biemann hired by Kia, the BMW-M VP of engineering left Bavaria for South Korea in 2014. Biermann and his team of put Stinger at the company’s test track in South Korea as well as in Germany. So it is enticing that Stinger has a German designer, German engineer and it is a Korean car with multiple aspects and
The Stinger is expected to reach the showrooms in 2018, but official announcements will be made closer to the launch date.