The stylish All-New Kia Stinger sports coupé is set for release in late 2017. Kia’s first venture into the high performance world is largely based on the GT concept which was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The design is said to be very similar to that of the GT concept and has been approved by design chief Peter Schreyer. The sleek styling and low profile is reminiscent of the classic Porsche silhouette. A five-seat fastback sports saloon, the sleek-looking Stinger has powerful, muscular styling with a long bonnet and a short front overhang. The wide grille gives the front end an aggressive appearance which coupled with the sporty detailing provides an imposing presence.
Covering 0-62mph in just 5.1 seconds with a 365bhp, 3.3-litre, turbocharged V6 engine, it is the fastest accelerating Kia ever built and has a top speed over 150mph. Other engine and drivetrain configurations, plus luxurious options will be available. A lot of factors (such as weight) are as yet unknown, but this engine line-up is a promising start for Kia’s first performance car.
The GT is just the beginning of Kia’s ambitious high performance plans. A convertible version of the GT coupé is very much part of the plan. The stunning GT4 Stinger has also been earmarked for a 2017 release. A two-seater, rear-wheel drive concept, the GT4 Stinger design looks as though it would be at home launching into space. It features clean minimalist lines and a single, wraparound piece of tinted glass making up the windscreen and windows.
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