Kia Stinger: list prices and specs revealed
Following its debut earlier this year, Kia has revealed its all-new rear-wheel-drive Stinger GT saloon will be priced from £31,995 when it hits the UK market in January 2018.
With a sleek, upmarket look and a selection of potent engines, this is the car Kia hopes will tempt people away from the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes.
With strikingly swoopy bodywork, this is like no Kia we’ve seen before. The Korean manufacturer has advanced its quality and desirability in spades in recent years, but this is the first car that could really take a sizeable bite out of the German-dominated market.
From some angles, the Stinger GT can claim to be among the best-looking cars in its class. The flowing lines and flanked sides are not dissimilar to Alfa’s new Giulia, while the fastback hatch is more than a little reminiscent of Audi’s A5 and A7 Sportback models.
Things look equally impressive on the inside, which features an 8in colour touchscreen infotainment system that features the latest Apple CarPlay and Android Auto tech.
There’s several other TFT screens for driver information and, although it isn’t the largest in its class, there’s passenger space than several of its main competitors.
The low-slung cabin, gaping grille and high quality interior really do make for a desirable product; take the Kia badges off and it’s likely you’d surprise a few people, but whether they will pick one over a traditional exec saloon remains to be seen.
Its muscular stance is there for a good reason too, because the Stinger GT is rear-wheel-drive – the first Kia to use such a set-up that again, is usually a reserve of the Germans saloons these days.
Three petrol engines are available from launch – a 2.0-litre petrol producing 244bhp, a 2.2-litre diesel producing 197bhp, while range-topping GT-S models feature a powerful 3.3-litre twin-turbo petrol V6 engine that produces 365bhp and 510Nm of torque.
The latter gets the Stinger to 62mph from rest in an impressive 4.7 seconds, making it comparable with the likes of a BMW 630i Gran Coupe.
The Germanic influence on the Stinger is all thanks to Albert Bierhamm, a designer that joined the company from BMW in 2014. “I think, for the Kia brand, the Stinger is like a special event,” notes Biermann.
“Because nobody expects such a car, not just the way it looks but also the way it drives. It's a wholly different animal.”
The Kia Stinger will be available with a choice of rear-wheel and all-wheel drive, as well as a range of active safety systems, an electronically-adjustable suspension system and a five-mode Drive Mode Select system.