Could the best car to come out of the Detroit Auto Show actually be Korean? We think so, and it's called the Kia Stinger GT. The long awaited Korean sports sedan actually started out as a two-door sports car back in 2013, called the Stinger GT Concept. It's now morphed into something that's bigger, more practical, seriously quick and visually pretty damned fine.
The "four-door coupe" is Kia's first and mimics the aggressive shape of cars like the Audi A7, the Mercedes-Benz CLS, the Volkswagen CC, and the BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe. The look of the Stinger GT, however, comes across as very original in terms of styling elements, if not shape. We think it's gorgeous, like a South Korean Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio but with a much shorter name.
Here are the vital details of Kia's new baby:
- The overall body of the car is both muscular and lean at the same time. It has elements of the Optima in its rear quarter, taillights like a Maserati Gran Turismo and vertical foglamp housings that mimic the Stinger GT Concept's headlights.
- The top end Stinger GT is powered by a Genesis-sourced 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that's good for a healthy 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque, which will launch the car from 0-60 in 5.1 seconds., making it the fastest Kia ever made. Even the base trim Stinger gets a potent 252 hp and 260 lb-ft 2.0-liter turbo four.
- The engines are both mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, sending power to either the rear or all-four wheels. The rear-drive model gets a mechanical limited slip differential; all-wheel drive models get a performance-enhancing torque vectoring system. Sadly, there's no manual transmission offering (yet).
- The interior is sporty and matches the car's intentions with stitched leather and brushed metal in the GT version. The top trim car also gets a head-up display, a wireless charging pad, and Harman/Kardon®7 premium audio.
- The Stinger has a robust set of optional safety systems that include forward collision alert with autonomous braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, cross traffic alert, overhead view camera system, blind spot monitoring, and automatic high-beams.
- The car was tested at Germany's Nürburgring track, and the Stinger GT gets Kia's very first adaptive sports suspension known as Dynamic Stability Damping Control. The front and rear setups can be adjusted independently. The electric power steering system has five settings to alter feel and response depending on driver preference.
- Brembo brakes are standard: four pistons in the front and two in the rear that bite on 13.8-inch and 13.3-inch discs, respectively. 18-inch or 19-inch wheels can be shod with three tire choices from Continental, Bridgestone or Michelin.
- No pricing has been announced yet, and the car goes on sale in late 2017.