Stinger GTS

New York Auto Show: Kia Stinger GTS


Kia uncorks limited edition Stinger GTS in New York. Boasts all-wheel drive, sharper handling, better value and style. Oh, and a drift mode! 

The Kia Stinger GT is a fairly impressive piece of kit: it’s fast, a hoot to steer, well-equipped and very good value for money.

Kia decided that they could do a little better and their performance flagship needed a little spruce up. Enter the Stinger GTS.

The key feature of the Stinger GTS is what Kia calls the D-AWD system. An all-wheel drive system that works in conjunction with a mechanical limited slip differential to enhance traction and reduce slip to the rear wheels.

In Comfort mode, the AWD system shuffles 60 per cent of power to the rear for greater stability. In Sport 80 per cent of power is sent to the rear for greater dynamism and in Drift mode – yes, drift mode – 100 per cent of power is sent to the rear wheels and gears are held for longer to ensure drifty sideways action.

The Stinger GTS is distinguished by its unique bright “Federation” orange paintwork, Genuine carbon fibre parts that outline the signature tiger nose grille, side mirror caps and side vents. Around the back, there’s a GTS badge and a big “Stinger” badge replaces the Kia logo.

Climb inside and the steering wheel and centre console are wrapped in Alcantara and the headliner is made from Chamude. A thumping 720 watt Harmon/Kardon stereo, sunroof and wireless charging are also standard on the Stinger GTS.

Only 800 units of the Kia Stinger GTS will be made. It yet to be confirmed whether any will come to Australia.

The founding father of The Motoring Guru, Matt has been a lifelong car enthusiast and a passionate writer. Back in 2013 when The Motoring Guru was first launched, Matt wanted to combine his two passions whilst offering readers sound motoring advice.