2018 Kia Stinger order books will open in late 2017. Is expected to cost from £30,000. We can not say that we have not been warned. Kia has laid out broad indications on its plan to produce a rear-wheel-drive sedan for years. The original concept of GT was shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show since the beginning of 2011, with the Stinger GT4 building on the Detroit show in 2014. Now the wait is finally over when the company unveiled The production version of its next sports sedan, which adopts the name Stinger.
Do not confuse it with the K900. The Stinger is a much more elegant and sporting proposition than its big sister, and it has a low roof height. Power will come from two engines, with the 365-horsepower V-6 turbo 3.3 liter offering a version of the most powerful version of Kia for the road; A 255 hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine will serve as an entry-level engine. The Stinger receives an eight-speed automatic transmission, with buyers able to choose between the rear drive wheels and the driving wheels. Kia says that it targets a time of 5.1 seconds at zero-to-62 km and a maximum speed of 167 km / h for the 3.3-liter. There will also be a diesel version for Europe, but there is no plan to bring it to the States.
The design is certainly aggressive; This is the work of Kia’s European design studio in Frankfurt. In front, there is the familiar “tiger nose” grid of the brand, but behind it, the low position and muscular proportions effectively distinguish the Stinger from anything else the company has produced. Buyers will have fun by encouraging their buddies to guess the brand of their new car when they are visible in their profile. There is something exceptionally Alfa Romeo-ish on the rear tail lights as well as the quad exhaust pipes on the V-6 GT. LED lighting is standard front and rear.
Although it is launched as a competitor of existing compact sports sedans, the Stinger is larger than one of the cars that Kia cites as competitors. At a length of 190.2 inches, it is 4.1 inches longer than the Audi A4 and 5.7 inches longer than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, while the 114.4-inch Stinger’s wheelbase Is also longer than any of its competitors. The Kia roof is lower, however, and its total height of only 55.1 inches makes it 0.2 inch shorter than a C-class coupe. Kia says the Stinger is a coupe-sedan (even if it’s a hatchback), which is part of Peter Schreyer’s claim that he considers the classic two-door coupe to be a Little interesting for buyers that the business will probably never build one. Inside, the conservative-style cabin, if looking intelligent, features a central 8.0-inch touch screen and a TFT information screen sitting between the instruments. The company also boasts a class-leading anti-legroom thanks to this long wheelbase.
The V-6 dual-turbocharger is the Lambda II aluminum-injected Hyundai direct injection and is essentially the same engine found in the Genesis G90, generating its worst 365 pounds at 6000 rpm and accompanying it with a torque of 376 Lb-ft available from 1300 Rpm. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is actually a longitudinal version of the unit used by Hyundai and Kia in their front-wheel drive vehicles, but is also linked to the engine equipped with the first-generation Hyundai Genesis coupe. The 255-horsepower peak arrives at 6200 rpm, with 260 lb-ft of torque distributed on a plateau from 1400 to 4000 rpm. The only transmission is a development of the automatic K900 and uses a shock absorber tuned to the steering wheel to reduce torsional vibrations through the undercarriage. The optional all-wheel drive system features torque drive, while the rear drive version has a standard limited slip differential.
The Stinger is built from mainly conventional materials, with Kia saying that the chassis uses 55% high strength steel. We have not yet received any weight, but we have been promised that they will be competitive. There is a tightening suspension at the front and a multilink configuration at the rear. The four-cylinder car rests on the standard 18-inch wheels; The V-6-powered GT gets 19s as well as improved Brembo brakes, including four-piston front calipers and ventilated discs all around. Adaptive shock absorbers will be offered – a first for Kia – and they will be selected alongside other driving functions with five dynamic parameters: Eco, Sport, Comfort, Intelligent and Personal.
Much of the development of the chassis was carried out in Europe, headed by Hyundai-Kia’s chief engineer, Albert Biermann, formerly head of BMW’s M division. We were told that the car was extensively tested at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Biermann has already told us that we should consider him a real rival for the German tablet performance derivatives, a promise that we look forward to testing as soon as possible.
We are promised that a generous amount of equipment will be standard, including wireless device charging, navigation and a 7.0 inch touchscreen. Driver assistance will include adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking and head-up display. An optional Harman / Kardon audio system includes 15 speakers, including subwoofers under the front seats and a maximum output of 720 watts.