Already hailed Down Under as a potential successor for soon to be discontinued Holden Commodore, the rear-wheel drive Stinger, in V6 guise, comes powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.3-litre mill also used in the (Hyundai) Genesis G80, tuned to develop 272 kW and 510 Nm of torque.
Linked to a eight-speed automatic gearbox with no manual option, the V6 will reportedly hit 100 km/h from zero in 4.9 seconds, making it the fastest production Kia ever made. No top speed figure has yet been divulged. The smaller four-cylinder engine meanwhile churns out 190 kW and 353 Nm of torque, while some markets can also expect a 2.2-litre turbodiesel producing 147 kW and 440 Nm.
Said to have undergone some 1.1-million km of testing in various conditions around the world, 10 000 km of which around the Nürburgring, the Stinger will also feature a five-mode Drive Select system, Dynamic Stability Damping and a full range of in-car and driver assistance systems.
Reportedly due to arrive Down Under next month, the Stinger V6 will start at $48 990 (R516 374) for the base S model and top out at $59 990 (R632 319) for the flagship GT, while the mid-range Si will retail for $55 990 (R590 157).