Kia is readying its Grand Touring sedan, the 2018 Stinger, which is scheduled to go on sale by the end of the year.
Related to the Genesis G70 and G80 sedans, as well as the K900 in the Kia stable, the 5-seat fastback sport sedan will become the flagship of the Kia line when it arrives for 2018. In Canada, the Stinger 4-door coupe/hatchback will come in GT and GT Limited, priced from $45,000 and $50,000, respectively. Pre-orders can be placed online until November 14, 2017.
“Unlike any Kia that has come before it, the Stinger really is a dream car for us and after years of commitment and hard work from a passionate group of designers, engineers and executives around the world, that dream is now a reality,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, Kia Motors America. “From its GT concept-car origins to the years of tuning and refining on the legendary Nürburgring circuit, no detail was too small to be obsessed over, and the result is simply stunning.”
The look is one of balanced athletic elegance, with long hood, sweeping roofline and short rear deck — the look of a Gran Turismo, where the personality is one of passion and the expectation is comfort. The footprint is long and wide to offer a spacious cabin for five over long-distance drives. It’s a look not unlike that of the Porsche Panamera, which Kia considers one of the Stinger’s prime competitors (in intent, if not in price).
“A true Gran Turismo — a car for spirited long-distance driving — is not about outright power, hard-edged dynamics and brutal styling, all at the expense of luxury, comfort and grace,” explains Gregory Guillaume, chief designer at Kia Motors Europe. “The Stinger has nothing to do with being the first to arrive at the destination – this car is all about the journey. It’s about passion.”
Power to Stinger is supplied by the 3.3-litre Lambda II V-6 engine fitted with twin turbochargers to provide 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque (all available from 1350 to 4500 rpm). Power is harnessed by an 8-speed paddle-shift automatic and sent to all four 19-inch wheels. Zero to 100 km/h takes less than 5 seconds (quicker than a 6-cylinder Panamera) and top speed is governed to 270 km/h.
Developed by former BMW engineer Albert Biermann, ride is entrusted to front MacPherson struts and a rear 5-link setup, with the front supported by an aluminum brace and the rear by a stiffened subframe, and handling to motor-driven variable-assist power steering. Dynamics are enhanced by the active Dynamic Stability Damping Control that adapts to surface and driving conditions through driver-selectable modes (Custom, Eco, Sport, Comfort and Smart).
Driving aids include a new driver alert system, forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind spot warning, and rear traffic alert.
The interior is standard leather, with the heated driver’s seat able to be fitted with inflatable air bladders for improved driving comfort over long distances behind the leather-wrapped, flat-bottom heated steering wheel. Beyond it, metallic-rimmed analog gauges provide driving info at a glance, while a display between them provides information about cornering forces, lap times, trip information and diagnostics.
Wireless mobile charging is available, as is a head-up display, cooled front seats, heated rear seats, and a premium 15-speaker 720-watt Harman/Kardon 7 surround sound audio system.