Kia Motors has revealed the full European specification for the new Kia Stinger (hereafter Stinger), a powerful fastback sports sedan. It closely follows the design and engineering blueprint laid down by the 2011 Kia GT Concept, and is the highest-performance production vehicle in the company’s history. Read ahead to find out more…
Turning a concept into a production car is no small feat. Kia’s European design studio in Frankfurt – the birthplace of the 2011 GT concept – has brought the Stinger to life. It was 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 measures 4,830 mm in length and 1,870 mm in width, making it longer and wider than many sport sedans, and allowing for a spacious cabin and cargo area. With a 406-litre cargo capacity (VDA), the Stinger’s boot can accommodate two full-size suitcases or golf bags.
Other purely functional elements of the exterior design – the front air curtains, wheel arch gills, smooth underbody, and integrated rear diffuser – aid its aerodynamic efficiency, enabling a drag coefficient of 0.30 Cd. The rear valance houses four oval exhaust pipes. Kia’s signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille sits proudly between complex LED headlamps.
Engines and drivetrain
Under the long bonnet of the Kia Stinger is a choice of three longitudinally-mounted turbocharged engines, each in the final stages of tuning before entering production later in 2017. With turbochargers equipped across the engine line-up, the Stinger offers drivers effortless gran turismo-style high-speed cruising and instant acceleration when called upon by the driver, with all three engines providing high power and torque across a wide band of engine speeds.
The engine anticipated to account for the majority of Stinger sales across Europe is a 2.2-litre turbo diesel, capable of producing 200 ps at 3,800 rpm. Its maximum torque output – 440 Nm – is available to drivers across a wide 1,750-2,750 rpm range, enabling the car to accelerate from 0-to-100 kph in 7.7 seconds, and on to a top speed of 225 km/ph.
The Stinger will be available with Kia’s latest advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), under the brand’s DRIVE WiSE sub-brand. DRIVE WiSE embodies Kia’s philosophy to realise intelligently safe vehicles with active safety technologies that are designed to avoid or mitigate the effects of a collision.
The car is equipped with Kia’s vehicle stability management (VSM) that ensures stability under braking and cornering by controlling the car’s electronic stability control (ESC) if it detects a loss of traction.
Other DRIVE WiSE features available include: forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian recognition, advanced smart cruise control, lane keeping assist system, rear cross traffic alert, a surround view monitoring system for low-speed manoeuvres, blind spot detection; and high beam assist. A new feature for Kia, the Stinger is also available with a driver attention alert (DAA) system to combat distracted or drowsy driving.
Technology and features
The Stinger reflects Kia’s focus on offering the latest infotainment systems and driver technologies. A height-adjustable Head-up display (HUD) enables the driver to see key driving information reflected on the glass of the windscreen, including speed, turn-by-turn navigation guidance, audio, cruise control, and blind spot detection information. Resting within the centre console is a wireless smartphone charging pad, while Bluetooth integration is standard across the Stinger line-up.
Long distance travel is a hallmark of the gran turismo driving experience, and a trio of high-performance audio systems guarantees an immersive acoustic experience as the miles sweep by. The base audio system features six speakers and a seven-inch haptic touchscreen, while buyers can also choose an optional nine-speaker system with external amplifiers. In the Stinger’s highest specification, buyers can select an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, paired with a powerful 720-watt, 15-speaker Harman-Kardon® surround-sound audio system. This technology returns a high-fidelity listening experience to any compressed digital source.
For added comfort and convenience, in all weather conditions, many all-wheel-drive models (and some rear-wheel-drive models, depending on specification) will be available with a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, and rain sensing wipers. The Stinger is available with an optional smart power tailgate system, enabling the boot to be opened automatically via the smart key or with a button in the cabin. – Source: Press Release