Kia Stinger unveiled at NAIAS 2017

09/01/2017 - 12:57 | ,   | Sagar Parikh

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.

Kia Stinger front three quarters in motion
The Kia Stinger is a rear-wheel drive fastback sports sedan targeted at the likes of the BMW 4 Series Gran Turismo.

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.

2018 Kia Stinger rear three quarters in motion
The Kia Stinger will be available with 2.0-litre turbocharged and 3.3-litre twin turbocharged petrol engines, in RWD and AWD drivetrain layouts.

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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.

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