All-new Kia Stinger large will offer a twin turbo V6 and rear-wheel drive, and threatens the new Holden Commodore and other established rivals
Kia has unveiled the all-new Kia Stinger at the Detroit auto show. The Stinger is Kia’s newest and most powerful model ever, with the flagship fitted with a twin turbo 3.3 litre V6 that will produce around 272kW of power at 6000rpm and a mighty 510Nm of torque from 1300rpm through to 4500rpm.
The 0-100km/h dash is expected to be demolished in around 5.1 seconds. An interesting proposition, as the go-fast Kia Stinger could appeal to customers who may have previously bought performance versions of Ford’s Falcon and the Holden Commodore.
Kia has had noticeable success with the mid-size Optima Turbo, which is an impressive mix of style, performance and quality.
The Stinger’s design was overseen by Kia’s famed design boss Peter Schreyer, and the handling was developed at the Nurburgring in Germany. Australian delivered models will have their suspension calibrated for local conditions.
Inside, the Stinger’s cabin is the most upmarket of any Kia, and it is apparent that designers have taken inspiration from prestige brands such as Mercedes-Benz, with the cool retro circular air vents.
“This is a car you cannot help but be excited by,” Kia Motors Australia Chief Operating Officer Damien Meredith said. “It has all the attributes to appeal to the Australian enthusiast _ exciting design, a high-tech performance engine and gearbox combination and rear-wheel drive.
The Kia Stinger will arrive in Australian showrooms as early as the third quarter of 2017, with pricing and specifications to be announced closer to local launch.