The Kia Stinger GT has been put on display at the Autocar Performance Show 2018 in Mumbai. The flagship model in the South Korean carmaker's arsenal made its public debut at the NAIAS 2017 and was showcased in India at the Auto Expo 2018.
Previewed by the 2011 Kia GT Concept, the fastback performance-focussed sedan has been designed in Frankfurt and honed on the Nurburgring, the Mecca for chassis engineering. The Stinger shares its rear-wheel-drive architecture with the Genesis G70 luxury sedan.
Powering the Kia Stinger GT is a 3.3-litre bi-turbo V6 petrol engine that outputs a maximum power of 370 PS and a peak torque of 510 Nm. The motor comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels. That said, buyers can opt for an all-wheel-drive system. The top-spec Stinger is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds. Its top speed is rated at 270 km/h. Braking is courtesy a Brembo-sourced setup with 350 mm rotors at the front and 340 mm units at the rear.
The lower variants of the Kia Stinger are on sale with 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol and 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel engines. Of these, the former outputs a maximum power/torque of 255 PS/353 Nm, while the latter offers 200 PS/440 Nm. Transmission option for both the motors comes in the form of an 8-speed automatic unit. AWD is optional.
The equipment list of the Kia Stinger GT comprises full-LED headlamps, integrated air curtains on the front bumper, 19-inch alloy wheels, LED rear combination lamps, D-cut steering wheel, Nappa leather upholstery, floating-type touchscreen infotainment unit, three-zone climate control, electronic parking brake and a 15-speaker Harman-Kardon audio system.
Kia Motors will kickstart its Indian stint with the production version of the SP Concept. The rival to the Tata Harrier and Hyundai Creta will launch in the second half of 2019 and cost between INR 10-16 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).