The much-anticipated Kia Stinger is here! Let’s take a look at every aspect of the Korean marque’s first attempt to break into the sports sedan segment. Does the Stinger have the Power To Surprise? Read on and find out!
The Kia Stinger Revealed!
Based on the Gran Turismo (GT) concept, the Kia Stinger features a sleek fastback silhouette with a rear-wheel drive. Inside, it features a sophisticated modern cabin with high-quality finishes and luxurious materials.
Blending high-performance with luxurious comfort, the Stinger is a halo product – designed to elevate Kia’s status as a carmaker. Not surprisingly, it is the fastest automobile Kia has ever made. With its 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 engine, it can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds!
Turbocharged GDi Engine Options
The Kia Stinger comes with two engine options – the Lambda 3.3 T-GDi engine, and the Theta II 2.0 T-GDi engine.
The 3.3L twin-turbo V6 Lambda T-GDi engine delivers 365 horsepower at 6,000 RPM, with up to 510 Nm of torque from 1,300 to 4,500 RPM.
The 2.0L twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder Theta II T-GDi engine, on the other hand, produces 251 horsepower at 6,200 RPM with 353 Nm of torque from 1,400 to 4,000 RPM.
2nd Generation 8-Speed Transmission
The Kia Stinger features a second-generation 8-speed rear-wheel drive automatic transmission. This transmission also features a Centrifugal Pendulum Absorber (CPA) torque converter when paired with the 2.0L Theta II T-GDi engine, helping to reduce torsional vibration through the drivetrain.
Shift-By-Wire transmission control allows you to switch the transmission mode in an instant. You can set it to automatically adjust the gears, or you can take manual control and switch them via paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel.
Kia tuned and refined the Kia Stinger’s handling on the legendary Nürburgring circuit. The control is further enhanced by its Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) that features the Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control System, as well as its Electronically-Controlled Suspension (ECS) and Rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS).[adrotate group=”2″]
Safety In All Conditions
The Kia Stinger is not just a track car, it’s meant to be driven in all roads and conditions. Your safety is ensured through safety technologies like the Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), Antilock Braking System (ABS), Traction Control System (TCS), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning and of course, 7 airbags. No wonder the Kia Stinger received 5 stars from Euro NCAP!
The seats in the 3.3L V6 GT variant are covered in soft Nappa leather, while the 2.0L GT-Line variant gets leather seats. Both variants will come with an 8-way power driver seat with 4-way mechanical lumbar support. The front seats are also ventilated for maximum comfort whether it’s hot or cold.
The driver has both a 7-inch LCD cluster display with important driving information, and an 8-inch floating navigation touchscreen display with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. Rounding up the cabin luxuries is a 15-speaker Harman Kardon premium speaker system.
Kia Stinger Specifications
|Specifications||Kia Stinger V6 GT||Kia Stinger GT-Line|
|Engine||Lambda 3.3 T-GDi engine||Theta II 2.0 T-GDi engine|
|Displacement||3,342 cc||1,998 cc|
|Max. Power||370 ps @ 6,000 RPM||255 ps @ 6,200 RPM|
|Max. Torque||510 Nm @ 1,300~4,500 RPM||510 Nm @ 1,300~4,500 RPM|
|Transmission||2nd generation 8-speed rear-wheel drive automatic transmission||2nd generation 8-speed rear-wheel drive automatic transmission with Centrifugal Pendulum Absorber (CPA)|
|Transmission Control||Shift-by-Wire using Paddle Shifters|
|Steering||Rack-mounted Motor-Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS)|
|Wheel||19" Alloy Wheel||18" Alloy Wheel|
|Tyre (front)||Continental ContiSportContact 5|
|Type (rear)||Continental ContiSportContact 5|
|Wheel Tread (front)||1,596 mm||1,596 mm|
|Wheel Tread (rear)||1,619 mm||1,647 mm|
|Brakes (front)||13.8-inch Brembo disc brakes with quad-pistons|
|Brakes (rear)||13.4-inch Brembo disc brakes with dual=pistons|
|Suspension (front)||MacPherson struts with large diameter shock absorbers and aluminium strut brace|
|Suspension (rear)||Reinforced five-link suspension|
|Safety Systems||Vehicle Dynamic Control (VOC)|
Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control (VDC)
Electronically-Controlled Suspension (ECS)
Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC)
Antilock Braking System (ABS)
Traction Control System (TCS)
Cornering Brake Control (CBC)
Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW)
Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning
|Safety Rating||Euro NCAP 5 Stars|
|Curb Weight||1,737–1,825 kg||1,638–1,720 kg|
|Head Room (front)||974 mm|
|Head Room (rear)||939 mm|
|Leg Room (front)||1,083 mm|
|Leg Room (rear)||925 mm|
|Shoulder Room (front)||1,433 mm|
|Shoulder Room (rear)||1,391 mm|
|Trunk Space||406 liters|
|Audio System||15-speaker Harmon Kardon speaker system|
|Driver Cluster Display||7" TFT LCD|
- with G force, lap times and engine oil temp
|7" TFT LCD|
|Navigation Display||8" touchscreen display with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support|
|Wireless Smartphone Charger||Yes|
|Electrochromic Side Mirrors||Yes|
|Seat Material||Nappa leather||Leather|
|Driver Seat Features||8-way power adjustment, 4-way lumbar support|
|Interior Colour||Exquisite Red||Flush Black|
|Exterior Colour Options||HiChroma Red / Deep Chroma Blue / Panthera Metal / Aurora Black|
Kia Stinger Price + Availability
The Kia Stinger is available right now in two variants, with the following OTR (On The Road) prices :
- Kia Stinger 2.0L GT-Line : RM 239,888 / ~US$ 59,972
- Kia Stinger 3.3L V6 GT : RM 309,888 / ~US$ 77,472
Both variants will be offered in four colour options – HiChroma Red, Deep Chroma Blue, Panthera Metal, and Aurora Black.
The Kia Stinger 2.0L GT-Line will come with a Flush Black interior, while the 3.3L V6 GT will have an Exquisite Red interior package.
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