Kia Motors has revealed the full European specification for the new Kia Stinger, a powerful fastback sports sedan. The new Kia Stinger 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.
The Stinger channels the spirit of historic grand tourers – powerful, elegant vehicles capable of moving their owners in style and speed. At every stage of development, the Stinger has been designed and engineered to be the perfect gran turismo. The car features a head-turning aesthetic, with ample room to accommodate five occupants and their luggage. The Stinger provides a stable, unruffled ride and nimble handling with engaging power delivery to the rear wheels.
In its transition from concept revealed at 2014 NAIAS, Kia’s GT Concept was finally named ‘Stinger’ at production stage. While the car is a true GT in nature, the Stinger name evokes speed and excitement, two key characteristics found in the production car.
Mr. Eric Chan, Managing Director, Cycle & Carriage Singapore, said, “This has been a few years in the making, and we are extremely excited to finally be able to bring the Stinger to the Singapore market. The Stinger is a sleek performance car that unites techonology and design. I am confident that this Kia flagship will be able to raise perceptions for the brand and change the mindset that Kia is just a mass market car manufacturer. Kia. This is the car that will truly go beyond any expectation. ”
Design that makes a difference
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. Guillaume comments, “The Kia Stinger is a true gran turismo, a car for spirited long-distance driving. It’s not about outright power, hard-edged dynamics and brutal styling, all at the expense of luxury, comfort and grace. The Kia Stinger has nothing to do with being the first to arrive at the destination – this car is all about the journey. It’s about passion.”
From its sleek frontal section through its svelte flanks up to its powerful haunches, the Stinger exudes muscular confidence. Key to its road presence are its rear-wheel drive proportions – a long bonnet and short 830mm front overhang, an extended wheelbase (2,905mm) to deliver a spacious cabin, and a long rear overhang (1,095mm) 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. The Stinger measures 4,830mm in length and 1,870mm 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, or four or five weekend bags for short trips away.
The ‘Coke bottle’ shape of the car’s flanks highlight and enhance the visual power of the Stinger’s shoulder line, as well as its fastback silhouette. Elements of the exterior design – the front air curtains, wheel arch gills, smooth underbody, and integrated rear diffuser – add to its svelte looks as well as aid its aerodynamic efficiency, enabling a drag coefficient of 0.30 Cd. The rear bumper houses four oval exhaust pipes. Kia’s signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille sits proudly between full LED headlamps.
External gran turismo visual cues are complemented by the layout and atmosphere of the low-slung cabin, with a steeply-raked windscreen and high dashboard running along a horizontal plane.