Five reasons you need a 2018 Kia Stinger GT
The 2018 Kia Stinger GT is one of the most anticipated vehicles to ever come out of South Korea. The GT model, with its sleek styling and 272kW twin-turbo V6, is set to fill the void that will be left by the departing Holden Commodore SS and and already departed Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo.
Here’s five reasons why the Kia Stinger GT will be a cracker car to own.
1. The engine
While Kia isn’t exactly known for its performance engines, the Stinger GT’s 272kW/510Nm twin-turbo 3.3-litre V6 enables the car to accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 4.9 seconds. This makes it the fastest-accelerating production Kia ever. The engine is bolted up to an eight-speed automatic transmission with power distributed throughout the rear axle by a mechanical limited slip differential – this will be sure to excite buyers. There’s nothing like a powerful RWD sedan (well, hatch) to get the blood rushing.
2. The brakes
The Stinger GT features a braking system developed in collaboration with Brembo. The Brembo disc brakes measure 18-inches and are holed and grooved to “offer high heat capacity and reduced fade levels under heavy use”. Kia was said to be considering carbon ceramic discs early on, however the braking performance offered by the steel Brembo items during testing proved to be enough – could you imagine the cost of having to replace carbon ceramic discs?
3. The handling
The Stinger uses MacPherson struts at the front and fully-independent multi-link suspension at the rear. The GT uses Dynamic Stability Damping Control which adapts the stroke length of the shock absorbers on the move, and is controlled by acceleration, braking and steering sensors. Drivers can also change the characteristics of the Stinger’s shock absorbers using the Stinger’s Drive Mode Selector system; drivers have a choice of ‘Normal’ and ‘Sport damping force levels.
4. The exterior
Never has a Kia looked so good. Its low, sleek fastback appearance gives the Stinger GT a menacing look. The “ducktail” rear looks like a vehicle you’d expect to see in Transformers movie, while the front’s wide intakes and side “gills” leaves little to be desired. If you thought the Kia Stinger looks a little ‘German’, you’d be right; the Stinger was designed by Peter Schreyer, Kia’s chief design officer, well known for his time with Audi (Audi TT) and VW (the New Beetle).
5. The Nurburgring
What better way than to test and develop a performance GT car at the most grueling track (22.8km-long) in the world. The constant combination of hard acceleration, rapid deceleration, heavy cornering, and changing surfaces and camber offers up what Kia says is the “ultimate test of dynamic prowess”. Other testing was also done across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North and South America, subjecting the Stinger to “extreme climate testing and quality verification”.
Peter Schreyer, Kia’s Chief Design Officer, said the new Kia Stinger will fundamentally change the global image of Kia.
“You cannot believe how excited I am about this car. I have no doubt it will revolutionise the way people think about us (Kia). It’s going to propel us upwards into a different era.”
The Kia Stinger GT will go on sale in Australia late 2017, and is expected command a price of around $55,000. Exact pricing and vehicle specifications will be announced closer to its launch date.
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