THE NEW KIA STINGER

The Kia Stinger is the all new compact 5-door saloon from Kia Motors or better still, from the Hyundai Motors Group. It is a 5-door executive saloon because what you have on the rear is not just a boot but a door as the design is a fastback. This car showed up first in Geneva and then at the Los Angeles Auto show back in 2011.

This car comes with the front engine rear wheel drive layout which implies that it is the first Kia with a rear wheel drive package. You may want to question its viability because you want to think about what their first shot at rear wheel drive cars would be but never worry because some touches of BMW is in it. In fact, the former president of the BMW M (Motorsport) division was sucked in to help out with the creation of high performance vehicles for the Hyundai Motor Group under which Kia is. This implies that Albert Biermann is now the executive vice president of performance development and high performance vehicles of the Hyundai Motor Group.

The engine options are a 2.0L theta II GDI turbocharged inline 4 cylinder engine that carries 255hp, a 3.3L lambda II GDI twin turbo V6 engine that gives a 365hp and 376lb-ft of torque at 4,500rpm and the 197hp 2.2L inline 4 cylinder diesel engine. All these engines have the same 8-speed automatic transmission system. The whole package is laid on a shortened Genesis G70 chassis. The most powerful of the engines will shoot the car from 0 – 100kph in 4.8secs.

The car has an aircraft inspired interior as well as a coca cola bottle inspired exterior with its fastback design. The rear end is well curved out and properly muscular to make you automatically feel the power it embodies. It has also been given a lower seating position for those who love to feel truly connected to the drive. The interior has a lot of detail so it isn’t all about hardcore performance but real time driving in comfort while carrying the capacity for some sideways fun driving. What Kia has done is that they have given the world a gran turismo (GT) and a sports car for spirited long distance drive while still a proper saloon.

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