In 2011, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Kia unveiled the GT Idea, a rakishly tasty example of world-class style. Now, at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Kia presents the production version of that concept car, the 2018 Stinger, a similarly rakish and tasty example of first-rate style– and engineering.
The Stinger is a gran turismo, specified by Kia defines as an automobile that is fast, nimble, luxurious, 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 proportions, the Stinger’s long wheelbase, broad track, short front overhang, long rear overhang, vibrant haunches, and recessed door shapes get your blood pumping without any more than a look.
Complex LED headlights flank Kia’s signature tiger-nose grille, which features a chrome-studded design similar to a Mercedes-Benz. Bold however not subduing, the fascia intakes, hood slots, and fender vents convey simply the right amount of sporting intent.
In back, a strip of side marker lighting twists around each corner into trapezoidal LED taillights. The bumper includes a black diffuser punctuated by four exhaust outlets.
Overall, Kia definitely nailed the Stinger’s style. If not for the KIA badges, anyone seeing this vehicle would instantly presume it to be a high-end 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, combined with overall length and width measurements that exceed other gran turismo models in the Stonger’s sector, this brand-new Kia is declared to offer greater traveler and freight area than its competitors.
Kia asserts that the Stinger will deliver “industry-leading” quality as well as generous front and rear legroom for up to 5 individuals. Interior highlights include deeply reinforced front seats, a thick leather-wrapped steering wheel, a mix of analog and digital instrumentation with large determines ringed in metal, and air vents with a spoked circular style. A band of satin chrome encircles the cabin, and premium Nappa leather is offered as an alternative.
2018 Kia Stinger Engine
A turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard, producing an estimated 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 purchasers can pick a twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 with an estimated 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 velocity to 60 miles per hour in about 5 seconds, and a leading speed of 167 mph.
An 8-speed automated transmission is the only one readily available, driving the rear wheels through a mechanical limited-slip differential. Paddle shifters provide the driver with handbook control over gear modifications, and a brand-new Centrifugal Pendulum Absorber torque converter is developed to decrease torsional vibration in the drivetrain.
All-wheel drive is an alternative for the 2018 Stinger. Under normal driving conditions, and similar to Audi’s Quattro system, power is primarily distributed to the car’s rear wheels, when needed is reapportioned with more flowing to the car’s front wheels. The Stinger’s AWD system also equips the car with dynamic torque vectoring.
Powertrain calibration, steering effort and response, and suspension tuning can be adjusted using 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 unexpectedly 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 obtain worked up over the possibility of purchasing one. Pricing is not yet offered, however expect it to start in the low $40,000 range.