New Kia Stinger Shows Off Its Colors In Detroit

The 2018 Kia Stinger officially debuted at the Detroit Auto Show as easily one of the most important models in the Korean firm’s history.

While it won’t chase after huge volume sales, Kia believes it has the ability to rival the likes of the BMW 3-Series and 4-Series Gran Coupe, Audi A4 and A5, Lexus IS and Infiniti Q50. While we’ll have to wait and see if customers can be swayed into a Kia from the established alternatives, it’s no understatement to call the Stinger unlike any other Kia before it.

North American customers will receive two engine options; a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 255 hp and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) as well as a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6. This range-topping powertrain delivers 365 hp and 376 lb-ft (494 Nm) and will accelerate the model to 62 mph (100 km/h) in a brisk 5.1 seconds before topping out at 167 mph (269 km/h). Europeans will get a more frugal turbo diesel too.

The design of the Kia Stinger is also worthy of mention. The brand has clearly designed it to look as aggressive as possible and from some angles, it certainly makes some 3- and 4-Series models look rather bland. With that being said, the design is rather fussy, particularly at the front end with an overabundance of vents, grilles and air intakes.

The Stinger’s overall shape also reminds us of the A7 Sportback while the taillights, quad tailpipes and rear bumper bare some resemblance to the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. Although pricing for the Stinger hasn’t been released, having it resemble more expensive and premium cars isn’t necessarily a bad thing.


  • Ilbirs

    As said before, the “poor man’s Panamera” from Kia looks good and only shows how right was the move made by the brand when hired Peter Schreyer for its design department.

    • Kaisuke971

      Well to be honest he has worked there for over a decade and also designed the line of boring cars, so i don’t think he is the key element of this change.

      • bd

        The lead designer was Gregory Guillaume, lead designer at Kia’s European design studio.

    • TheBelltower

      For awhile, everything was looking a lot like decade-old Audis. There have been some breakaway designs though that have been really great. This is intriguing, if a bit cluttered and messy. The overall design is good, but then they loaded it up with every hackneyed visual booger they could think of. But at least they are finding their own direction, rather than creating budget Audis.

  • Karl

    Simply stunning Kia! This will put the big boys on notice..

  • Kaisuke971

    Is it just me or the wheels look a bit cheap compared to the rest of the car ? The Stinger looks awesome in grey but there is something off with their design and finish… Hopefully it’s not the only choice.

    • pcurve

      I think they went a bit overboard. It looks a bit aftermarket.

  • Toronado_II

    Could be a “simple” Optima.

  • Justin Spencer

    Looks excellent but I’m not sure BMW, Audi or Mercedes buyers would even consider a car like this. I think this would potentially attract Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 buyers more than anything as it has a more American muscle car vibe to it….at least in my opinion. I like the name a lot too!

    • bd

      Some will, but mostly will be Lexus, Infiniti, Acura, Genesis owners.

      • pureworx

        lexus owners very rarely buy anything else, never mind a downgrade to a korean cheap box.

        im guessing you’ve never owned a lexus new or used. The build quality of the vehicles and refinement is 2nd to none and the service from the dealers is the best out there.

        the only buyers who will be interested in this early mid 2000s aftermarket designed crap will be those who..

        a. have no interest in cars
        b. can’t afford a premium car
        c. would have probably bought an GM/FCA/ford product

        • Enter Ranting

          Lexus are upmarket Toyotas, but are much uglier, which is saying something. Toyotas are now some of the ugliest cars on the road.

          • pureworx

            To you they maybe ugly, but to me lexus looks way better than that mish mash korean crap you’re all loving.

            The LC, RC, GS and new LS are all good looking compared with their German bland counterparts. The ugliest cars on the road today are Peugeot and citroen followed by ford.

            there is no pleasing some, first toyota/lexus are boring not exciting designs, when they make a unique exciting design you call them ugly. its like your mind is set at ww2 and the japs are the enemy.

  • fabri99

    Wonderful, but I kind of hoped the GT to be a smaller coupè, like a GT86 sized car, not a 4-Series competitor.

  • john1168

    I love it! I think it looks damn near perfect. Especially the front and the sides. The rear is great too but I still think there’s something weird with the area between the tail lights. Also, I’m not crazy about the vents on the center stack protruding into the cabin. Everything else is exactly what I’ve been looking for. As others have said, this is a poor man’s Panamera/A7 but I don’t think it’s gonna be cheap. I wonder if it will price around what a similarly equipped G80 goes for in the USA.

    • O123

      Kia has said it will be 40-50k in Australia. So probably start in the low 30s in the us.

      • john1168

        That would be good. Thanks.

  • john1168

    I wish they showed off a silver, metallic charcoal grey and a black with small metallic flake.

  • Alban Gojani

    I bet the first thing to be removed in it’s first facelift is that piece of sh*t side taillight…seriously whose freaking idea was to put that signal thingy there??

    • J Hump

      Reminds me of a 2004-08 Acura TL every time I glace towards that detail…

  • Braddo

    Not sure until seen in the flesh but does look a tad overdone with vents/bonnet scoops etc. It could still have looked good if these were body coloured? The wheels don’t suit

  • pcurve

    i would’ve been very impressed if Kia offered manual. Cadillac actually sold a lot more CTS-V Wagon manual than they were expecting. I think their product executive once joked they might sell 3 a year.

  • gshemant

    I’ll admit the car looks nice but it isn’t original. I wouldn’t be able to correlate this with Kia’s current design language. Imo it looks like a charger in the rear section while the front section looks like a Jaguar XF. Even the air vents look like they were straight plucked from an Audi A3.

  • BlackPegasus

    The rear looks Italian in the white guise.

  • Tex

    So it looks like a hatchback Optima with cladding and fancy wheels.

    • Sébastien

      which is very good

  • Kash

    Grey, yes. Red, yes. Blue, not so much.

  • Bash

    ill take mine in that blue with white interior..

  • john1168

    I have a question. What happens if this car does well? What happens to KIA and the automotive landscape at large if KIA sells a ton of these things? Granted it may not sell at all for whatever reason. Too sporty looking, too expensive for a KIA, possible resale value not good, etc etc, whatever… KIA could realize that possibly auto enthusiasts are full of crap, saying they want a certain type of car and then not buying it when it comes out (that’s never happened before, LOL). But what happens if it does really well? Does KIA come out with it’s own version of Genesis? Do other manufacturers play catch up with this type of car and realize there was a niche they missed out on?

    Perhaps I’m just overly excited about this car and am giving it way too much credit. But this car is a “turning point” for KIA. For KIA, this car is a big deal. It’s obvious they put a lot of their “heart” into this car. They’re at the poker table and they just laid down their cards and they’re showing four aces. It may not be a royal flush but…. what happens next?

  • Enter Ranting

    I admire the effort. Overall, I think it looks pretty good, but they blew it in the details. The grill is totally out of place, the vents on the hood are overkill, and please stop with the fake vent scoops. The interior looks nice.

    • john1168

      At least some, if not all of the vents are functional. I know the shiny ones on the sides aft of the front wheels are functional and I thought the ones on the hood were too.

    • Raf

      The hood vents are the only non-functional aspect so I will agree with you there. I actually quite like the chrome vents as it does give the car a more unique character.The grille to me looks sporty and instantly recognizable as a KIA. Interior is very nice.

  • Romanovich

    Maserati and Jaguar passed close but still the Kia

  • Raf

    I won’t be able to afford a new one just yet but betting on getting a slightly used one for a great price. This car checks all the boxes for me, especially the liftback aspect.

  • john1168

    Interesting point. With that being said, I guess I can see them not doing a Genesis like division. Time will tell I guess.

  • SteersUright

    Fingers crossed the drivetrain and handling are as good as this car looks! Oh and price isn’t through the roof for the performance model.

  • Tamer Elsayed Ahmed

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    The car consumes very high fuel and the air conditioner is also weak and there is high noise when used on the third level
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