Kia unveils model it says will be highest performance vehicle in its history

The Kia Stinger.
The Kia Stinger.

By Gerry Murphy

Kia unveiled its new 2018 Kia Stinger at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. A five-passenger fastback sports sedan which the company says is poised to redefine a segment currently populated by European automakers, the Stinger promises to be the highest-performance production vehicle in the company’s history.

The Stinger is planned to go on sale in Ireland in October and pricing will be announced closer to the vehicle’s launch date.

“Unlike any Kia that has come before it, the Stinger really is a dream car for us. That dream is now a reality after years of commitment and hard work from a passionate group of designers, engineers and executives around the world,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, Kia Motors.

“From its GT concept-car origins to the years of tuning and refining on the legendary Nurburgring circuit, no detail was too small to be obsessed over, and the result is simply stunning.”

Riding on a chassis comprised of 55% advanced high-strength steel, the Stinger will have a choice of two turbocharged engines are available.

While both engines are still under development, the standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder Theta II engine produces an estimated 255 horsepower at approximately 6,200 rpm. A 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 Lambda II engine will also be available with a 0-100km sprint time of 5.1 seconds.

The Stinger features a second-generation eight-speed rear-drive automatic transmission. The gearbox has been designed in-house, and promises drivers with crisp shifts and maximised fuel efficiency.

Drivers can let the gearbox manage shifts on its own, or may selectively run through the gears via paddle shifters mounted aft of the steering wheel. As with the suspension and steering, up to five different shift patterns may be selected through the vehicle’s electronic drive-mode system. Throttle mapping is also adjusted accordingly.

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