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Kia Stinger goes European


Having debuted in US guise at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit earlier this month, Kia has now unveiled the European spec version of its striking Stinger sports sedan.

Although appearing identical to its US cousin, the Euro Stinger adds a revised version of the 2.2-litre CRDI turbodiesel engine used in the Sorento and Sedona, to complement the existing four and six cylinder petrol options.

Connected to a eight-speed automatic gearbox, the sole option on all models, the 2.2-litre mill produces 147 kW and 440 N.m of torque, with Kia claiming a 0-100 km/h sprint of 8.5 secs and top speed of 225 km/h.

As in the US, the base petrol powered Stinger uses a 2.0-litre turbo developing 188 kW and 353 N.m of torque, while the flagship GT boast a twin-turbo 3.3-litre V6 with 272 kW and 510 N.m. While no performance figures for the former were disclosed, Kia claims the GT will hit 100 km/h from standstill in 5.1 secs before topping out at 270 km/h.

A choice of rear or all-wheel drive will be offered with the GT also being the first European market Kia to gain Adaptive Damping with a series of modes to suit driver preference.

Expected to rival the likes of the BMW 4-series Gran Coupe and Audi A5 / S5 Sportback, the Stinger will debut in Europe around September with UK weekly Auto Express anticipating pricing to start around £43 000 (R716 688). It however remains unknown if Kia Motors South Africa will bring to Stinger to South Africa this year.

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