2018 Kia GT Stinger

Kia stunned all of us by launching a GT sedan that is unlike
anything the automaker has ever offered. The automaker dubs it
the “highest-performance” production model in the company’s
history. Unlike its other mass-produced models that offer
little excitement, the 2018 Kia GT Stinger offers a sporty
profile and a sportscar like performance behind the wheel. GT
stands for Gran Turismo, which refers to a fat, luxurious and
nimble automobile. Read along for more information.

2018 Kia GT Stinger Exterior

The new design is like nothing you have seen from Kia. The
sedan features a fastback roofline that gives the model a dose
of elegance. At the front, the GT Stinger retains Kia’s usual
tiger-nose grille design. The grille uses lots of chrome trim
like Mercedes does with its models. Below the grille is a
gaping bumper opening. Slim LED headlights flank the grille. On
the other hand, the engine hood is long and features two vents.

On the sides, you will easily notice its 18-inch alloy wheels
wrapped in performance tires. These wheels fill up the wheel
wells. 19-inch wheels wrapped in ultra-high-performance tires
are offered as an option. The GT Stinger also features recessed
door contours and chrome window trim along its arcing roofline.
Side character lines highlight its flowing length.  The
rear door corners intentionally intersect with the rear hatch’s
shut line resulting in an attractive design.

At the rear, the model features a black diffuser with quad
exhaust tips. The rear also features triangular-shaped
taillights. It reminds me of the Maserati GranTurismo
coupe.
Other exterior highlights include its long wheelbase, a short
front overhang, wide track, long rear overhang, and bold
haunches that make the sedan look quite attractive. In fact, it
looks more of a coupe than a sedan.

2018 Kia GT Stinger Interior

Not only has Kia hooked up the sedan with an attractive
exterior profile, the interior too is breathtaking. It features
an attractive dashboard design that hosts a 7-inch
touch-screen. There is another screen on the instrument cluster
for displaying information on the vehicle’s lap times and
cornering. Huge metal-ringed gauges flank the instrument
cluster. Other features include a leather-wrapped steering
wheel and a wireless charging device.

Audiophiles get their thrill from a 15-speaker Harmon Kardon
sound system with subwoofers tucked under the front seats.

The model offers a roomy cabin courtesy of a long wheelbase,
longer length and wider width compared to other GT models in
this segment. This translates to a spacious cabin for
passengers and greater cargo space compared to rival models. In
fact, it will provide segment-leading legroom. It accommodates
five passengers. Front seats are bolstered. The seats are
wrapped in genuine leather; premium Nappa leather is offered as
an option.

Engine specs and performance

Kia has mounted the GT’s engine on the extreme rear of the
engine bay to balance and distribute weight optimally. The
engine I am talking about is a 2.0 L, turbocharged 4-cylinder,
which produces 255 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque from as low as
1,400 rpm. Kia also offers another more powerful mill as an
option. It is a 3.3 L, twin-turbocharged V-6 that is capable of
generating 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque from 1,300 rpm. This
engine powers the model to dash from 0-60 mph in less than 5
seconds. It will have a top speed of 167 mph.

The engines will be paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission
that conveys power to the rear wheels via a mechanically
limited-slip differential. All-wheel is optional. The AWD
system works like Audi’s Quattro system where power is normally
distributed to the rear wheels and apportioned to the front
wheels when necessary. This system also adds dynamic torque
vectoring. Paddle shifters on the steering wheel help the
driver to exercise manual control over gear changes.

Kia also offers selectable driving modes (Personal, Sport, Eco,
Comfort and Smart) which help adjust the vehicles steering
effort, engine calibration, response as well as suspension
tuning.

Price and release date

The model was showcased to the public during the recent
International Auto show held at Detroit. The model is still
months away from making a sales debut; I hope it will hit
dealerships before the year ends. The automaker remained coy
about its prices but considering how handsomely the model is
equipped, I expect its price to start at around $35,000 and go
all the way to $50,000 for fully equipped higher trims.

Competition

The 2018 Kia GT Stinger will compete with Volkswagen
Passat, Dodge
Charger and Nissan
Maxima.