Kia Stinger unveiled at NAIAS 2017
Posted on: Jan 9, 2017 - 12:57pm IST
Planned to be launched later this year in the U.S. market.
Kia’s show-stopper at the 2017 North American International Auto Show is its Kia Stinger, an all-new 5-seat fastback sports sedan that sits in a segment dominated by European automakers. The South Korean automaker says that the Stinger is the highest-performance production vehicle in the company’s history.
The Kia Stinger is production version of the Kia GT concept from the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Featuring a sensuous design which was overseen by Peter Schreyer, chief design officer, Kia Motors, the Kia Stinger is the company’s new tourer poised to take on the BMW 4 Series Gran Turismo and the Audi A5 Sportback. It was designed in Frankfurt and developed on the Nurburgring. Aggressive front and rear fascias, rear-wheel drive proportions, low-slung body and a fastback silhouette give the 4-door coupe its character.
Key features indoors include height-adjustable colour head-up display, 3-spoke steering wheel, 7.0-inch UVO touchscreen infotainment system and 720-watt, 15-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system.
The Kia Stinger will be available in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive drivetrain layouts with two engines, both of which are still under development. There’s the Theta II 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine produces an estimated 255 hp at approximately 6,200 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. (352.51 Nm) of torque 1,400-4,000 rpm.
Above that, there will be the Lambda II 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine expected to produce 365 hp at an estimated 6,000 rpm and 376 lb.-ft. (509.79 Nm) from 1,300-4,500 rpm. The Kia Stinger with this engine should reach from 0-62 mph in 5.1 seconds and have a top speed of 167 mph. An 8-speed automatic transmission will be standard.