2017 Detroit Auto Show: Stunning Kia Stinger GT Revealed

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The Kia Stinger GT grand tourer has been revealed at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. The Stinger GT is the fastest, most expensive Kia to make it into production.

The all-new Kia sports saloon is available in two different variants, the ‘regular' Stinger, which is available with a four-cylinder petrol engine and the Stinger GT which uses a twin-turbo petrol V6 engine.

The Stinger uses a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 251.5bhp and 260Nm of torque which is sent to the rear wheels through an 8-speed gearbox. An all-wheel-drive (AWD) system will also be available as an option.

The Stinger GT uses a 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 engine that produces 360bhp and 494Nm of torque which is sent to the rear wheels or all four wheels (depending on the option selected by the owner) through an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

Kia is aiming for 5.1 seconds sprint time from 0-100km/h and a top speed of 269km/h.

The Kia Stinger GT is 4831mm long, 1869mm wide, and 1400mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2906mm. The chassis of the Stinger is based on a modified Genesis chassis, which is mostly made from lightweight high-strength steel.

The new Stinger features an all-new MacPherson strut suspension on the front axle and a multi-link set-up at the rear.

The Stinger GT is the first Kia to use adaptive dampers, and owners can use the Drive Mode Select system to adjust the steering, throttle response, gearshifts, suspension damping and ESC settings to suit the driving style and road surfaces.

The new Stinger use 320mm ventilated discs up front and 315mm discs at the rear, while the Stinger GT uses 350mm Brembo 4-piston caliper ventilated discs up front and 340mm Brembo 2-piston caliper ventilated discs at the rear.

The Stinger sits on 18-inch alloy wheels which are shod with 225/45 R18 tyres. The Stinger GT on the other hand uses 19-inch alloys which are shod with 225/40 R19 tyres up front and 255/35 R19 at the rear.

Design wise, the Stinger retains most of the design cues of Kia GT concept which was first unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, but it has lost some of the more outlandish design details like the bullet door mirrors and the suicide doors. The production car has also sprouted two more doors.

The Kia Stinger GT is expected to go on sale in Europe and the United States in the summer with the regular four-cylinder Stinger set to follow suite early next year. 

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Story first published: Monday, January 9, 2017, 13:03 [IST]
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