Kia Stinger

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Kia Stinger (CK)
2018 Kia Stinger GT2 3.3L AWD in Hichroma red front (2) 5.23.18.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Kia Motors
Production 2017–present
Model years 2018–present
Assembly
Designer Peter Schreyer[3]
Gregory Guillaume[4]
Body and chassis
Class Compact executive car[5] (D)
Body style 4-door fastback[6]
Layout FR layout
AWD layout
Related Genesis G70
Kia K9
Hyundai Genesis/Genesis G80
Powertrain
Engine 2.0 L Theta GDI turbo I4 (petrol)[7]
3.3 L Lambda GDI twin-turbo V6 (petrol)[7]
2.2 L CRDi I4 (diesel)[8]
Transmission 8-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,910 mm (114.4 in)
Length 4,830 mm (190.2 in)
Width 1,870 mm (73.6 in)
Height 1,400 mm (55.1 in)
Curb weight 1,638–1,720 kg (3,611–3,792 lb) (2.0T)
1,737–1,825 kg (3,829–4,023 lb) (3.3TT)

The Kia Stinger is a compact executive[5] 4-door fastback[9] manufactured by Kia Motors.[7]

Overview[edit]

The Kia Stinger traces its roots to the Kia GT Concept from the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show and the Kia GT4 Stinger from the 2014 North American International Auto Show.[7] Designed by Peter Schreyer and Gregory Guillaume (Kia's Chief Designer) at Kia's European studio in Frankfurt and engineered by former BMW M Vice President of Engineering Albert Biermann, the car was unveiled at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. Biermann is now the executive vice president of performance development and high performance vehicles of the Hyundai Motor Group.[10]

According to Guillaume, the Stinger's design was partially inspired by the Coca-Cola bottle. During an interview, he offered the following comment of the car's purpose. "The new Kia Stinger is a true gran turismo, a car for spirited long-distance. It’s not about outright power, hard-edged dynamics and brutal styling all at the expense of luxury, comfort and grace. The Stinger has nothing to do with being the first to arrive at the destination – this car is all about the journey."[11]

Testing of the car involved over 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) at the Korea International Circuit and 10,000 kilometres (6,200 mi) at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.[7][12][4]

The Stinger uses a shortened version of the Hyundai Genesis' front engine, rear wheel-drive platform with additional steel reinforcement and is offered with a choice of two engines: a 2.0 liter turbocharged Inline-four engine that produces 255 horsepower (259 PS; 190 kW); and a 3,342 cc (3.3 L; 203.9 cu in) twin-turbo V6 engine that generates 365 hp (370 PS; 272 kW) at 6000 rpm and 510 N⋅m (376 lbf⋅ft) of torque at 4500 rpm for the AWD variant.[7] For the European and Korean markets, the Stinger is offered with a base 2.2 liter CRDi diesel I4 that produces 197 horsepower (200 PS; 147 kW).[8] GT models are equipped with Brembo brakes and Michelin tires (18-inch on the base model, 17-inch on the CRDi model, and 19-inch on the V6 model).[7][8][12] The sole transmission is an 8-speed automatic with five driving modes and paddle shifters.[4]

For the Korean market, the Stinger wears the E badge, which symbolizes the core theme of "Engineered by Excellence".[13]

Kia claims that the 2.2 diesel, 2.0 T-GDi and 3.3 V6 Twin-Turbo models will do a 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) acceleration in 7.7, 6 and 4.9 seconds, respectively. Schreyer reportedly drove a pre-production Stinger GT at a top speed of 269 km/h (167 mph) on the Autobahn.[4]

During a test by Car and Driver, an all-wheel-drive U.S. spec GT 3.3T model with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires achieved 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 4.6 seconds on the track, reached 0.91 g on the skidpad and was able to stop from 70 mph (113 km/h) in 164 feet (50 m). According to this publication, the U.S. model's top speed is governed at 167 mph (269 km/h) per Kia specs.[14] In tests conducted by Motor Trend, the 4-cylinder U.S. spec Stinger 2.0 RWD on Bridgestone Potenza tires reached 60 mph (97 km/h) in 6.6 seconds, completed the 14 mile (402 m) run in 15 seconds and stopped from 60 mph (97 km/h) in 126 feet (38 m). The average lateral acceleration recorded in track testing was 0.85 g.[15]

Marketing[edit]

In June 2017, Kia Motors teamed up with GQ magazine to promote the Stinger as a "street style icon".[16]

The Stinger GT was featured in Season 2 episode 3 of The Grand Tour, where co-presenter James May raced it against two longboard riders on a mountain road in Majorca, with the car going uphill and the skateboarders going downhill.[17]

On February 4, 2018, Kia released two Stinger commercials during Super Bowl LII. The first commercial features racing legend Emerson Fittipaldi.[18] The second features Aerosmith lead vocalist Steven Tyler driving the car on an oval track in reverse until he becomes 40 years younger.[19]

Safety[edit]

Euro NCAP

Euro NCAP test results for a LHD, 2.2 liter CRDi GT-Line 5-door fastback variant on a 2017 registration:

Euro NCAP test results
Kia Stinger (2017)[20]
Test Points %
Overall: 5 /5 stars
Adult occupant: 35.4 93%
Child occupant: 39.7 81%
Pedestrian: 33.0 78%
Safety assist: 9.9 82%

Awards[edit]

The Stinger won the iF product design award in the "Transportation Design" category [21] and the Red Dot award in the "Best of the Best Car Design" category in 2018.[22]

The Stinger won the 2018 MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Awards "Best of the Year".[23]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 Kia K900 First Look: Tasteful Minimalism - Motor Trend". Motor Trend. 28 March 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Avtotor has started the production of KIA Stinger | RusAutoNews.Com". RusAutoNews.Com. 15 January 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  3. ^ "The Place To Be". Autoweek: 11. February 6, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d Loh, Edward (2017-01-08). "Nine Zingers About the New Kia Stinger". Motor Trend. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  5. ^ a b Gastelu, Gary (2018-04-19). "2018 Kia Stinger: A name worth remembering". Fox News. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  6. ^ "Kia Stinger Fastback Sedan". 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g Robinson, Aaron (2017-03-01). "2018 Kia Stinger: A Rear-Drive Shot Across the Germans' Bow". Car & Driver. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  8. ^ a b c Prosser, Dan (2017-01-19). "Kia Stinger GT - European model lineup revealed". Evo. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  9. ^ "Kia Stinger Fastback Sedan". 2017.
  10. ^ Trop, Jaclyn (2017-09-17). "New G70 Compact Sedan Helps Hyundai Define Korean Luxury For Its Genesis Brand". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-10-29.
  11. ^ Harley, Michael (2017-06-26). "The 2018 Kia Stinger Defies Germany's Famed Nürburgring Nordschleife Race Track". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-10-29.
  12. ^ a b Floyd, Mike (2017-01-16). "12 Things You Didn't Know About the 2018 Kia Stinger". Automobile. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  13. ^ "Kia E badge explained, debuts on Korean Stinger". CarAdvice. 2017-03-31. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  14. ^ "Kia Stinger". Car and Driver. Retrieved 2017-10-29.
  15. ^ MacKenzie, Angus (2017-10-19). "2018 Kia Stinger 2.0 First Test: Look Out BMW, Here Comes Korea". Motor Trend. Retrieved 2017-10-29.
  16. ^ Perry, Kevin (2017-06-01). "Kia Stinger fastback is a street style icon". GQ. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  17. ^ Person, Sam (2017-12-19). "The Cars of The Grand Tour: Season 2, Episode 3". DriveTribe. Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  18. ^ "Kia is bringing the Stinger - and Emerson Fittipaldi - to the Super Bowl". Autoweek. 2018-01-26. Retrieved 2018-04-28.
  19. ^ Lynch, Joe (2018-02-04). "Steven Tyler Is Forever Young In Kia Super Bowl Commercial". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-04-28.
  20. ^ "Kia Stinger". Euro NCAP. Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  21. ^ "2018 iF Design Awards – three trophies for Kia". Kia Motors. 2018-02-27. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
  22. ^ "Kia triumphs again at Red Dot Design Award 2018". Kia Motors. 2018-04-24. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
  23. ^ "MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Awards". MotorWeek. 2018-02-08. Retrieved 2018-02-15.

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