Kia Stinger Enters The Final Stages Of Development

Despite making its debut at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, the Kia Stinger is not quite ready to hit the dealers yet. Proof comes from the South Korean brand itself, who has recently announced that its sports saloon is now entering its final stages of development before going on sale later this year.

The company’s test program, which is carried out worldwide both on public roads and tracks, “will ensure the car has the performance, reliability, and dynamic sophistication to match its striking fastback design”, says Kia.

Moreover, each prototype will be subjected to a minimum of 10,000 km (~6,200 miles), or nearly 480 laps, around the Nurburgring, which is the equivalent to over 160,000km (62,137 miles) of on-road testing.

“The new Kia GT is a true ‘gran turismo’, a car for spirited long-distance driving. It’s not about outright power, hard-edged dynamics and brutal styling all at the expense of luxury, comfort and grace”, said Kia Europe’s Chief Designer, Gregory Guillaume. “The new GT has nothing to do with being the first to arrive at the destination – this car is all about the journey. It’s about passion.”

Kia have high expectations when it comes to the Stinger, as it will challenge the likes of the BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe and Audi A5 Sportback.

In the U.S., it will be available with a 255hp and 260lb-ft (352Nm) 2.0-liter turbocharged four and a 3.3-liter V6 making 365hp and 376lb-ft (494Nm) of torque. The latter needs 5.1sec to reach 62mph (100km/h) from a standstill and will max out at 167mph (269km/h).

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  • dolsh

    “Despite making its debut at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, the Kia Stinger is not quite ready to hit the dealers yet.”

    Maybe that’s because they haven’t fixed it’s fugly problem. Kia’s created “The Homer,” and it actually appears as though they aren’t trolling us.

    • Craig

      Eye of the beholder. I think it looks great.

    • john1168

      I think it’s one of the best looking 5 doors around but whatever dude…

      • dolsh

        If you haven’t seen it in person – do that. If you still like it, buy it! Heck, the Aztec had buyers too!

        What looks ok in pictures quickly becomes a disaster of conflicting design choices and awkward tack on body work that’s wholly unnecessary.

        • Benjamin B.

          I like it and I seem to be in the majority. To be honest I see a lot of Maserati in it. Which is fine. It’ll last much longer probably. Maserati uses too many things from the Fiat Chrysler parts bin.

        • john1168

          I’ve seen it at an auto show and had a chance to sit in a pre-production version. The blue one everyone see’s in pics on the net. I thought it was great and the interior was of very good quality. The roof liner was micro suede and nothing on the exterior seemed tacked or glued on like cheap aftermarket parts. I personally was impressed but that’s me. If you don’t like it, that’s ok by me. People like what they like and hate what they hate. I respect that.

          • Justin Farrar

            Good response. I too saw it in PhIladelphia. It’s attractive and looks a step or two up from my Optima. Wasn’t allowed to sit in it though

  • Honda NSX-R

    Hopefully it’s priced right.

    • john1168

      I think $30k to start and $50k for everything.

      • Benjamin B.

        I believe turbo V-6 GT model is close to $60k, but the Stinger starts at around $30k, similar to a Cadillac ATS 2.0T. The 2.5NA is cheaper I believe, but you don’t want that engine. But then again, the Stinger compares more to the BMW 4-Series GC or the Audi A5 5-door Sportback. Or even the front drive or AWD Buick Regal/Opel Insignia. The Buick is available only with the 2.0T at first, but a 3.6NA will join the lineup followed by a new turbo V-6. Heck the Lincoln MK-Z (formally Zephyr) has an available 400-HP 3.0T V-6. The standard engine is the 2.0T Ford EcoBoost that can be found in everything from the Ford Focus ST to the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. Anyway the MK-Z 3.0T is a pretty hot sedan people should give more credit.

  • eb110americana

    I really like the Stinger. I actually wish they would make an “M4” spec version, not just say, “Yeah, it looks fast, but it’s more about being a nice entry-luxury car than being sporty.” I don’t even care if they keep the same 3.3L turbo V6, just offer a sportier suspension and if possible, a manual.

    • john1168

      I read a rumor that a near future RWD stinger may come with an eLSD in the rear. It’s not out now because it wasn’t ready yet so they use the Torsen setup until it’s ready. Unfortunately for some it won’t come with a manual. At least not yet. I would think with KIA and Hyundai that if there’s enough demand AND they can spread it to other models to offset the cost, then maybe they’ll add a manual transmission. Until then though I think the answer would be no. Can’t say about the sportier suspension only that Europes suspension is said to be a little stiffer than the one in the USA. And that the US version will have a slightly more aggressive exhaust note than in S. Korea.

      • Benjamin B.

        please please please

    • Benjamin B.

      I’d be happy with either the 3.3T V-6 or the 5.0NA V-8. Will the 5.0NA fit in the engine bay? This is what Lexus offers now in the RC-F, a car people should not forget.

  • Bespin

    This could very well be my next car, first one to get me excited since my current one over 10 years ago.

  • emjayay

    I don’t get the point. The sedans they already make are lower priced BMWesque wannabes (with maybe far better reliability and long term costs) just like a lot of cars. What is different about this thing? Is it any different from various sleeker lower sedan versions (inspired by the Mercedes CLS) of their mainsteam sedans like the Volkswagen CC? What’s the big deal?

    • ScottM

      The MB CLS and VW CC and BMW 6GC are not what this is going after. Those are just squashed 4 door sedans (have a trunk). This is going after the Audi 5 sportback and BWM 3 gran turismo / 4 gran coupe, 4 door hatchbacks which they are bringing over in place of the elegant wagons that Americans are too stupid to appreciate.

      • Justin Farrar

        lol

  • SteersUright

    Nowhere near perfect, could easily nitpick this to death but why bother when overall, i LIKE!! Great work Kia. For a first effort thus far it seems you have much to proud of. I can’t wait to test drive this.

  • john1168

    I want to know what colors are going to make it to the USA! I seriously can’t wait for this car. It may very well be my next ride. NO BODY else makes a car like this at this price point. The next closest, equivalently equipped car is, I’m guessing, gonna be about $15,000 more. And before anyone says this car is another pos from KIA, keep in mind KIA got number one in JD Power the past two years and was number two the year before that behind Porsche. Not bad.

    • jaykit

      Yes, because JD Power is completely unbiased or unconflicted. ‘Initial’ Quality was the award too. What exactly does that measure on a car?

      • john1168

        It measures exactly what you said it did. Initial quality in the first 90 days.

  • MarketAndChurch

    This can be a game-changer if it’s priced in the mid-30’s, like the original Genesis was.

    • john1168

      I think the base model will start at about $30k with a fully loaded V6TT/AWD coming in at about $50k.

  • BlackPegasus

    What? “Final stages of development?”
    I thought this car was already heading to showrooms within the next few weeks or months. 😒

  • Nordschleife

    For some odd reason I feel the majority that I see of these will be this spectacular red or white.

    • john1168

      I saw it at an auto show. I wasn’t crazy about the bright blue but red looked great and I was surprised how good the light grey metallic looked. I’m hoping for a charcoal grey metallic and a medium silver metallic as well. We’ll see…

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