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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