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First Drive: 2018 Kia Stinger GT

Sometimes it feels good to get stung.

by on Oct.09, 2017

The 2018 Kia Stinger GT features a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 pushing the rear or all four wheels.

It was a formidable line-up baking there in the Mojave Desert sun: an assortment of Audis, BMWs, Lexus (Lexii?) and, perhaps most intimidating of all, a Porsche Panamera. But we hadn’t driven out to the California badlands for a shoot-out among traditional luxury brands. Across the tarmac, poised like the new sheriff in town: a line-up of new Kia Stinger GTs sat waiting to challenge the established order.

Kia? Really? Yep, really. The brand, long known for its no-frills subcompacts, has made some surprising strides in recent years with larger, more lavish offerings like the Optima sedan and Sorrento SUV. It’s even tried its hand in the luxury market with the full-size K900 sedan. Kia has already kicked sand in the faces of some of the industry’s most exclusive brands, handily topping the charts in a series of recent quality and customer satisfaction surveys.

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And if any new model reveals what Kia’s plans for the future might be, it is certainly the new Stinger. First shown in concept form at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the five-door hatchback will be rolling into U.S. showrooms in the coming weeks with only the most modest of changes.


Kia Floats Like a Butterfly, Stings Like a Bee with New Stinger Sport Sedan

Koreans turn GT concept into reality.

by on Jan.08, 2017

Kia generated a bit of excitement last night with the debut of its new Stinger sport sedan.

If there’s anyone left who thinks Kia is all about mundane econoboxes they’re in for a shock when they get a good look at the Korean carmaker’s new Stinger sport sedan.

The fastback is based on the wildly popular Kia GT that made its original debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011, the work of Kia’s design chief – and now vice chairman of both Kia and sibling Hyundai – Peter Schreyer.

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Offered with a choice of turbo-four or twin-turbo V-6 options, the new five-door gran turismo debuting at the North American International Auto Show promises to be not just one of Kia’s most visually distinctive models, but also its fastest. It will also be one of the automaker’s most lavishly equipped offerings when it hits the road later this year.


Kia Set to Sting With GT-Inspired Sports Car

Carmaker set to debut Kia Stinger at NAIAS.

by on Dec.22, 2016

After several teases, Kia appears ready to unleash the Stinger, the brand's fastest car ever, in Detroit.

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, or so said the late, great Muhammed Ali.

Kia seems to have had a similar philosophy in mind as it went to work on the new sports car it will unveil at the North American International Auto Show in less than three weeks. Set to be the Korean carmaker’s most powerful model ever, it will be dubbed the Kia Stinger, has confirmed.

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The fastback is based on the wildly popular Kia GT that made its original debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011, the work of Kia’s design chief – and now vice chairman of both Kia and sibling Hyundai – Peter Schreyer. (more…)

Kia Promises “Stunning” Sports Car for Detroit Debut

Rear-wheel-drive anyone?

by on Dec.18, 2013

Kia plans to debut this 2+2 sports car concept when the Detroit Auto Show opens next month.

Just when we thought things were winding down for the holiday break, Kia used the brief lull to surprise us with this overhead teaser image of what it describes as a “stunning 2+2 sports car” set to debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show less than a month from now.

Though it’s difficult to make out much detail, what we do know is that the project was penned by the design team at the Kia styling studio in Irvine, California.

That said, it bears the unmistakable fingerprint of the Korean carmaker’s global design chief, Peter Schreyer, who has transformed the brand’s products from stodgy to striking in less than half a decade.

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Says Kia’s release, the concept “is intended to turn heads while delivering superb driving enjoyment on both road and track.”


Kia Planning Production Version of GT Concept

But new model may go front- or all-wheel-drive.

by on Oct.25, 2013

The Kia GT concept first appeared in Frankfurt in 2011.

Kia will put the wildly popular GT concept vehicle unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show into production, according to reports from Korea. Or, to be more precise, it will add a GT model that will borrow some of the show car’s design cues but which may undergo significant changes from the vehicle displayed in Germany.

Most notably, the production Kia GT may wind up shifting away from the concept’s rear-wheel-drive layout, opting instead for a front-drive platform like those used for all but the Korean maker’s biggest new executive car.

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“We have plans to build a GT – we spoke about it at our global marketing conference in Singapore,” Soon-Nam Lee, Kia’s vice-president of overseas marketing, told the British publication Auto Express. “We’ll be mainly targeting the end of 2016 or early 2017.”


First Look: Kia GT 4-Door Coupe Concept

Images, name leak out before Frankfurt debut.

by on Sep.09, 2011

New images of Kia's Concept reveal it is named the GT.

How much to reveal ahead of time? That’s always the challenge for an automaker heading into a crowded event like next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show.  Say too little and your new offering could get lost in the crowd.  Too much and the gathering media hordes might not have reason to show up at your news conference.

Kia was trying to walk a fine line, revealing just enough to tease folks to show up for the launch of a sexy new 4-door coupe-like concept it will be unveiling in Germany.  Whether intentional or not a second wave of pics have wound up in the public domain, one of them revealing that the prototype will be named the Kia GT Concept.

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And word has it the show car will directly influence the future flagship coming for the Korean brand.

The concept features an unusually short front overhang with scooped side intakes framing the signature Kia grille – here moved higher up than on the brand’s current models.