In 2011, at the Frankfurt Motor Program, Kia unveiled the GT Idea, a rakishly scrumptious example of world-class style. Now, at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Kia presents the production variation of that principle car, the 2018 Stinger, a similarly rakish and tasty example of world-class design– and engineering. The Stinger is a gran turismo, specified by Kia specifies as an automobile that is fast, active, elegant, and quiet for 5 people and their travel luggage during spirited, long-distance drives.
2018 Kia Stinger Exterior
Boasting a fastback roofline and rear-drive percentages, the Stinger’s long wheelbase, large track, short front overhang, long rear overhang, bold haunches, and recessed door contours get your blood pumping without any more than a glance.
Complex LED headlights flank Kia’s signature tiger-nose grille, which features a chrome-studded style much like a Mercedes-Benz. Vibrant however not overpowering, the fascia intakes, hood slots, and fender vents communicate simply the right amount of sporting intent.
In back, a strip of side marker lighting wraps around each corner into trapezoidal LED taillights. The bumper includes a black diffuser stressed by 4 exhaust outlets. Overall, Kia absolutely nailed the Stinger’s style. If not for the KIA badges, anyone seeing this vehicle would instantly presume it to be a luxury car costing a minimum of $50,000.
2018 Kia Stinger Interior
Thanks to a wheelbase that is longer than the Audi A4, 4 Series Gran Coupe, Lexus GS, and Mercedes-Benz CLS, integrated with total length and width measurements that exceed other gran turismo models in the Stonger’s sector, this brand-new Kia is claimed to provide higher traveler and cargo area than its competitors.
Kia asserts that the Stinger will deliver “industry-leading” quality along with generous front and rear legroom for up to five individuals. Interior highlights include deeply boosted front seats, a thick leather-wrapped steering wheel, a mix of analog and digital instrumentation with large gauges ringed in metal, and air vents with a spoked circular style. A band of satin chrome surrounds the cabin, and premium Nappa leather is readily available as an alternative.
2018 Kia Stinger Engine
A turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard, producing an approximated 255 horse power at 6,200 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,400 rpm to 4,000 rpm.
As an alternative, Stinger buyers can choose a twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 with an approximated 365 hp at 6,000 rpm and 376 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,300 rpm to 4,500 rpm. With this engine, Kia is targeting acceleration to 60 mph in about five seconds, and a leading speed of 167 miles per hour.
An 8-speed automatic transmission is the only one readily available, owning the rear wheels through a mechanical limited-slip differential. Paddle shifters provide the driver with manual control over gear changes, and a new Centrifugal Pendulum Absorber torque converter is developed to minimize torsional vibration in the drivetrain.
All-wheel drive is an alternative for the 2018 Stinger. Under typical driving conditions, and much like Audi’s Quattro system, power is primarily distributed to the car’s rear wheels, when required is reapportioned with more streaming to the car’s front wheels. The Stinger’s AWD system also gears up the car with vibrant torque vectoring.
Powertrain calibration, steering effort and response, and suspension tuning can be adjusted utilizing the Stinger’s selectable owning modes. They consist of Personal, Eco, Sport, Comfort, and Smart settings.
2018 Kia Stinger Release Date and Price
If you’re discovering yourself suddenly desirous of a Kia, you’re most likely not alone. It goes on sale late in 2017, so you’ve got plenty of time to get worked up over the possibility of buying one. Pricing is not yet offered, but expect it to start in the low $40,000 variety.