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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.

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Kia to Add First Sports Sedan

Production version of Novo aiming at likes of Audi A5.

by on Feb.04, 2016

Kia is looking to challenge Japanese and European brands with its new Nova sports car.

Expect to see a production version of the Kia Novo sports sedan concept come to market next year as part of the Korean carmaker’s increasing push to take on more exclusive Japanese and European competitors.

The production model will be the first sporty model from either Kia or sibling Hyundai since the not-so-sporty Veloster and will be slightly smaller than the current Hyundai Genesis Coupe, according to several sources. A report by the Reuters news service said project is codenamed CK and is expected to reach market by May 2017.

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Once known for its small, affordable – and bland – products, Kia has been trying to reposition itself, much like Hyundai, which is just launching the all-new Genesis luxury brand. Kia is putting more of an emphasis on sporty products after getting a tepid response to its own luxury model, the K900. (more…)

Kia Generating Buzz with Stinger Concept

GT4 2+2 sports car is a daily driver doubling as a track star.

by on Jan.13, 2014

Kia's GT4 Stinger concept is designed to be a daily commuter and a track-ready beast. Photo credit: Len Katz.

Strong design has been the foundation of Kia’s growth in the past few years. While he has moved upstairs to a new job that put him in charge of design at both Kia and Hyundai, Peter Schreyer remains one of the industry’s influential designers and he is encouraging his designers around the world to build on the company’s design success.

For the North American International Auto Show, Kia debuted a lightweight concept car: the GT4 Stinger. The concept suggests that Kia’s management is thinking about building a sport car that could put a halo around the brand as a companion to the new Kia 900 luxury car unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto in November.

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Kia designers from the company’s U.S. studio in Irvine, Calif., said the GT4 hearkens back to the glory days of purebred, affordable sports cars. The design language moves in a new direction, while the concept pushes the boundaries of performance with a rear-drive 2+2 sports car, where Kia has made a substantial investment developing a racing team to challenge competitors, such as Mazda.  (more…)

Kia Powers Up GT4 Stinger Concept

High-performance hatch scheduled for Detroit debut.

by on Jan.02, 2014

Kia will show us more of the GT4 Stinger in Detroit.

“Behold the Kia GT4 Stinger,” our friends from Korea suggest, offering the first rendering of the sporty little concept vehicle the maker plans to reveal at the North American International Auto Show just a little more than a week from now.

The maker had previously hinted that it was working up a 2+2 hatchback concept. And now that it’s given the show car a name, it is supplying just enough new information to keep us teased.

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Perhaps most intriguing is the mention of a “turbocharged 2.0-liter that pumps 315 horsepower to the rear wheels.”

The Korean carmaker does have both an engine and rear-drive platform in the parts bin it shares with sibling brand Hyundai, so perhaps we may learn at the Detroit Auto Show about some production plans.

But for now, the only other hard information we can relay is the fact that the show car will have an extremely low, supercar-like ride height, that it rides on custom 20-inch wheels, features a carbon fiber front splitter mounted below the bumper, and that white surrounds and vertical LED headlamps surround an even more sporty version of the current Kia “tiger nose” grille.

The front end almost has an Audi R8-like appearance and that seems to fit the direction the automaker is taking. Long known for its bare-bones econoboxes, Kia has been developing a more recent reputation for cutting-edge styling thanks to former Audi designer Peter Schreyer, now a Vice Chairman of Hyundai-Kia and still the design boss of the smaller brand.

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Kia recently underscored its move up-market by announcing plans to produce the new K900 premium luxury sedan; at as much as $70,000, the four-door taking aim at the likes of the Audi A8, BMW 7-Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class – and the Hyundai Genesis.

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What else can we add about the GT4 Stinger Concept? We’ll give Kia the last word, the maker suggesting it is “aimed at delivering head-turning looks while providing superb driving enjoyment, whether on the road or at the track.”

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.”

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