It was only recently that Kia completely surprised us with the presentation of the new Stinger at the Automesse NAIAS in Detroit (8 to 22 January 2017). Such a beautiful sports car with performance data that could only be dreamed of at Kia so far - that was almost too good to be true. Now we know with which specifications the Stinger comes to Europe.
New: A diesel
A total of three engines are available for interested customers: In addition to a two-liter turbojet with 255 hp and a 3.3-liter V6 turbofan with 370 hp, there will also be a 2.2-liter diesel engine with 200 hp. The latter was now presented for the first time at a presentation in Milan and according to Kia will probably be the best-selling engine in the Stinger. Therefore there are a few additional information for all Diesel fans: Except 200 hp, there are 440 newton meters of torque and an acceleration time of 8.5 seconds to 100 pace. The top speed is reached at 225 km / h.
Drive with bite
Also on the European model on board: the second generation of the Kia eight-speed automatic. For the first time, Kia is using a torque converter with a centrifugal pendulum that reduces torsional vibrations in the powertrain and can be found in aircraft and racing. Either the rear wheels or both axles are driven. For the rear drive versions, a mechanical locking differential is also available as an option.
M experience in the Stinger
As far as handling of the Stinger is concerned, we can look forward to the fact that Ex-BMW M development engineer Albert Biermann has accompanied and supervised the development trips on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. But even if the Stinger was tuned on the racetrack, we expect a faster GT than a pure-bred performance vehicle like the BMW M3.
Prices and market start
The really important data - when comes the Stinger now exactly and what will it cost - Kia has still not betrayed. Therefore, it is still at the market start end 2017. We are curious, where the Stinger will be priced. For the top version it is probably more than 50,000 euros.