Turning a concept into a production car is no small feat. Kia’s European design studio in Frankfurt – birthplace of the 2011 GT concept – has brought the Stinger to life, overseen by Peter Schreyer, Chief Design Officer of KIA Motors, and Gregory Guillaume, Chief Designer at Kia Motors Europe. From its sleek frontal section, through its svelte flanks, and up to its powerful haunches, the Stinger exudes a muscular confidence. Key to its road presence are its rear-wheel drive proportions – a long bonnet and short 830 mm front overhang, an extended wheelbase (2 905 mm) to deliver a spacious cabin, and a long rear overhang (1 095 mm) with strong, broad shoulders. The Stinger’s stance, proportion and visual balance are designed to lend the car an air of elegance and athleticism, rather than aggression and brutality.
Under the long bonnet of the Kia Stinger is a choice of three longitudinally-mounted turbocharged engines. The engine anticipated to account for the majority of Stinger sales across Europe is a 2.2-litre turbodiesel, capable of producing 147kW with a maximum torque output of 440 Nm.
The 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder ‘Theta’ engine produces 188kW with a maximum torque output of 353Nm. The Stinger’s most powerful engine is a 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged V6 ‘Lambda II’ petrol engine, with peak power of 272kW arriving, and 510Nm torque. Stinger models powered by the 3.3-litre turbocharged engine can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.1 seconds.
The Kia Stinger is unconfirmed for South Africa at the time of issuing this release.