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2018 Kia Stinger GT takes the brand to a whole new level

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The Kia Stinger has been a hot topic ever since it was globally unveiled at the 2017 NAIAS, and has taken the brand to a whole new level. In fact, Kia hired Albert Biermann from BMW for the project to make sure that the car lives up to its stunning design from behind the wheel as well.

And it appears to have worked. Everyone who drove this, especially the 365 hp GT variant, had only one thing to say – “the car is too good for a Kia”. The car is designed in Frankfurt (Peter Schreyer), developed on the Nurburgring and built with industry-leading quality, says Kia.

The Stinger’s engine range starts with a 2.0 twin-scroll turbo Theta II 4-cylinder petrol, which produces 255 hp @ 6,200 rpm with 352 Nm of maximum torque available from 1,400 – 4,000 rpm, propelling the Stinger from 0-60 mph in just 5.9 seconds.

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My favorite one is the 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 Lambda II, which produces 365 hp @ 6,000 rpm and offers 510 Nm of torque from 1,300 – 4,500 rpm. With more power on tap than the Audi S5 Sportback, BMW 440i Gran Coupe, and Infiniti Q50, the Stinger is positioned to be a worthy challenger to the competition, says Kia.

The car’s development took place across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North and South America, but the Nurburgring’s grueling Nordschleife is where the Stinger was honed, added the company.

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The Stinger GT accelerates to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, claimed to be quicker than the V6 Porsche Panamera. Top speed is limited to 167 mph (269 km/h).

Europeans get a 197 hp 2.2-litre CRDi diesel option.

As for the transmission, Kia says the 8-speed automatic has been designed in-house, and features Kia’s first use of a Centrifugal Pendulum Absorber (CPA) torque converter to help reduce torsional vibrations.

The base Stinger rides on a passive suspension tuned to offer a balance of handling and ride comfort, while the GT is equipped with Kia’s first continuously damping electronically controlled suspension system, called Dynamic Stability Damping Control.

The Stinger is also Kia’s first sedan available with rear or all-wheel drive configurations. The rear-biased AWD system features a new Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control system which monitors driver inputs and road conditions and automatically applies power and braking force to the appropriate wheels, said Kia. Up to 50 percent of torque can be distributed to the front wheels and in Sport mode, up to 80 percent of the power can be routed to the rear wheels. RWD GT models get multi-plate limited slip differential to help evenly distribute power through the rear wheels and enhance directional stability.

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Equipment list includes 7-inch touchscreen, Harman Kardon audio, height-adjustable color Head-Up Display, Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Forward Collision Avoidance (FCA) with pedestrian detection, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW) and so on.

The Stinger is slated to go on sale in the US this December.

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