New Kia Stinger GTS Boasts A Dynamic AWD System With Drift Mode

The Kia Stinger is one of the brand’s most exciting vehicles, but it was outsold by the Sedona minivan last month. Now, Kia is looking to renew interest in the model by introducing the limited edition Stinger GTS.

Featuring an eye-catching Federation orange paint job, that is exclusive to the model, the Stinger GTS is bound to draw attention. When onlookers eventually come up for a closer peek, they’ll notice a handful of carbon fiber components including the mirror caps, side vents and surround for the tiger nose grille. Other changes include GTS badging and a Stinger emblem which replaces the Kia logo on the trunk.

Interior changes are relatively minor, but drivers will find a suede-like headliner and Alcantara upholstery on the steering wheel and center console. The car also features a power sunroof, a wireless smartphone charger and a 720-watt Harman/Kardon premium audio system.

About that trick AWD system

While most of the changes aren’t very dramatic, the Stinger GTS will be available with a newly developed dynamic all-wheel drive system. It promises to deliver a driving experience that is more like the rear-wheel drive variant.

As part of this effort, the all-wheel drive system has been given a significant rear-bias. Comfort mode sends 60% of the power to the rear wheels, while Sport mode delivers 80%. There’s also a Drift mode which can send 100% of the power to the rear wheels and also hold gears without upshifting. The D-AWD system also adds a limited slip rear differential.

Power comes from a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 engine that produces 365 hp (272 kW / 370 PS) and 376 lb-ft (509 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and customers can choose either rear- or all-wheel drive.

How much will it cost?

Production will be limited to 800 units and the first Stinger GTS’ are expected to roll off the assembly line this spring. When they arrive in dealerships, they’ll have a base price of approximately $44,000 for rear-wheel drive variants and around $46,500 for all-wheel drive models.

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  • charlotteharry57

    So, the Stinger isn’t selling because of its price point and the Kia name, so why not intro a more expensive version?

    • ME

      I was going to say that. As nice as it looks from the outside, the outward visibility and build quality seem to suffer. Folks seem to gravitate to the more practical Genesis alternative, G70.

      • PhilMcGraw

        But they aren’t. Last month alone, Kia sold 1200 Stingers and Genesis sold 800 G70s.

        • ME

          Maybe that’s where you live. I see an average of 2 G70s a day and maybe 2 Stingers in a month. (Long Island, NY).

    • Jason Miller

      Anyone not buying a Kia these days because of the name needs to get over it.

      • Danny Boy

        Sorry, I’m not over it!
        Apparently, I’m not the only one. Maybe with more product and time?? I will say, the Telluride is a great follow up!

    • UnapolMisanth

      Exactly….you just need to get used to the idea of a $50k Kia to feel comfotable buying a $40k Kia….I mean, it’s just basic automotive logic….Sooner or later it will work out for both the Model 3 and the Stinger. ;-P

    • StuffyAnt

      It’s a perfect business plan, isn’t it?)))

    • Galaxium

      Stinger is actually selling really well.

    • Dude
  • Bash

    I never thought I would read KIA and drift in a same sentence before.
    A KIA that have a drift mode!! Wow dodge didn’t do it with the charger!!

    • StuffyAnt

      It’s also a KIA that cost about $45000)))

      • Bash

        True, that too, but K900 been a while now and already seen that price tag/mark so we should be kinda already used to it.

  • ErnieB

    KIA should just drop the KIA from the Stinger brand and just call it a Stinger. Use Stinger for their high end performance vehicles..

    • Danny Boy

      Thank you for your logic my brotha! Brilliant…….
      This car will never be as good as it can with KIA anywhere on it!

  • Leconte Dave

    Should rebadge it as a Genesis G75…

    • ME

      Car video reviews have complained about the interior rattling, sad on a brand new expensive car.

      • john1168

        There’s a lot of complaints and issues on the Stinger forums too. KIA is trying hard to improve things but people are still having some issues. Hopefully as newer models come out, the issues will be resolved.

  • john1168

    I always loved the look of the Stinger. I love the hatch and the performance too. But they’ve had quite a few quality control issues (paint flaking off, brake rotors warping, squeaks and rattles, stereo sub woofers not working properly, to name a few). I really think it’s great that KIA added a LSD rear diff. I think it’s really gonna improve the performance and handling feel of this car. But I seriously hope KIA addressed these quality control issues otherwise, with the exception of some Stinger enthusiasts, no one will take the car seriously. As for the low sales numbers, KIA never expected to sell a lot of these Stingers as it was kind of a niche car for them. If they ramped up production, increased the quality and lowered the price in the US by $5000 (should be possible as similarly equipped Stingers in other countries are selling for much cheaper than the US), then they would sell like hot cakes.

    • Jawohl

      Very true. it’s become very clear where they have cut corners to keep price low.

    • Maykel

      Yep, that’s why I’m waiting for the refresh or next gen model and hoping they get rid of hideous fake vents.

  • Jawohl

    “the demand for the GT is significantly higher than what Kia had expected“
    err…No. Kia Australia sales forecast was a monthly avg of 220 initially and after around 2yrs that would go up to approx 500 per month.
    After 2 years the monthly avg is 160…….

    • Darius Fontenette

      May not be selling well in Australia but in the U.S market the numbers have been higher than anticipated.

      • Jawohl

        right….so is that why there have been suggestions already that there will be no 2nd gen model unless sales in US improve?

  • SteersUright

    Lovely car, great color, and awesome news on the rear-bias AWD. That said, why no more power?? This is a huge and heavy car. C’mon Hyundai, bring it more to life. Also, I sat in one and while the interior looks rather great, everything had too much play, felt hollow when pushed, and simply did not feel up to par with Japanese and Germans.

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