The KIA Stinger is a five seater whose body measures 4.83 meters in length and whose appearance is inspired by a coupe, in the style of an Audi A5 Sportback or a BMW 4 Series Grand Coupe. It is the production model of the prototype GT Concept. At the moment KIA has only released information regarding the versions to be sold in the United States, where it will begin to be commercialized at the end of 2017.
KIA Stinger 2018 Features and Specifications
It has a width of 1.87 m and a wheelbase of 2.91 m. The body of a KIA Optima GT has practically the same dimensions (measures 4.85 m long and 1.86 m wide) but its battle is eleven centimeters shorter (2.80 m). Another difference with respect to this is that the Stinger may have traction to the rear wheels or to the four wheels while the Optima GT only in the front wheels.
The two engines that are known at the moment are gasoline and are under development. They are positioned longitudinally, are turbocharged and can only be associated with an automatic transmission of eight torque converter type ratios. The smallest is four-cylinder, has 2.0 liters of displacement and KIA estimates that its power will be 255 horses (engine Theta II). The most powerful is six-cylinder in uve, 3.3 liters displacement and will have an approximate power of 365 horses (Lambda II engine). According to KIA, the performance of the 3.3 engine Stinger will be good: it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 269 km/h.
The Stinger will be able to have traction in the wheels of the rear axle or in the four wheels, although KIA has not clarified for the moment the possible combinations of motors and types of traction that will be available. The rear-wheel drive versions will have a rear differential of a self-locking type. The all-wheel drive system, a torque control system for each wheel to improve its traction and turn-by-turn.
The chassis is made of 55% high strength steel, the front suspension is McPherson type and the rear multi-arm type. It can have shock absorbers of variable hardness (although we do not know if they will be of series or optional). Its firmness is regulated through a selector of driving modes, which supports five positions: Personal, Eco, Sport, Comfort and Smart. These modes also affect the steering response (electric assist and variable speed ratio), throttle and transmission.
The less powerful version is equipped with four “sports” wheels in size 225/45 R18. The most powerful has ‘very high performance’ tires, in 225/40 R19 measures on the front axle and 255/35 R19 on the rear axle. The latter also has ventilated discs on both axles and fixed calipers of the specialist Brembo, four-piston front and two pistons rear.
Although the equipment for Europe may differ, KIA says that for the interior there will be optional seats with pneumatic dorsal and lumbar adjustment and upholstery with Nappa leather. The trunk door can have electric opening and closing. The headlights are led. The instrumentation consists of two needle indicators and a TFT-type central display for the trip computer, which also displays information such as lateral and longitudinal acceleration, oil temperature or a stopwatch to measure the lap time.
The Stinger can also have a Head-Up display, wireless charger for mobile devices and three types of sound system: a basic one with six loudspeakers (standard on the least powerful version), one with nine loudspeakers (standard on the most powerful) And an optional 12-speaker system developed by Harman Kardon. Among the safety equipment can be the fatigue detection assistant, the active speed programmer with obstacle detection and pedestrians and emergency brake booster, maintenance assistant in the lane, alert for inadvertent lane change and alert for cross traffic when giving reverse.