Previewed back in 2011 by the GT Concept, the Kia Stinger managed to stun the crowd at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show in January where the five-door fastback made its world premiere. The car is now being exhibited on its home turf at the Seoul Motor Show where it’s sitting pretty next to the concept from six years ago.

That’s not what you would call newsworthy, but Kia’s press release about the Stinger’s debut in South Korea is hiding a little gem: 4.9 seconds. That’s the time the most powerful production car the carmaker has ever made needs from a standstill until it reaches 62 mph. Needless to say, that performance is attainable only if you go for the range-topping version fitted with a biturbo 3.3-litre V6 producing 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque.

2018 Kia Stinger at the Seoul Motor Show
2018 Kia Stinger at the Seoul Motor Show

It’s the fastest-accelerating Kia ever and is actually two tenths of a second quicker in the sprint than the estimation made by the company when the car broke cover in Detroit almost three months ago. At that point, Kia’s target for the 2018 Stinger was a 0-62 mph run in 5.1 seconds and a top speed of 167 mph. The exact maximum velocity is not being disclosed in the new press release, but that estimation is good enough for us.

To put that 4.9-second acceleration figure into perspective, the Audi S5 Sportback completes the task in 4.7 seconds, just like a Mercedes-AMG C43 saloon. The Stinger is quicker if we compare it to the 4 Series Gran Coupe in the 440i guise as the BMW does the job in 5.1 seconds.

2018 Kia Stinger at the Seoul Motor Show
2018 Kia Stinger at the Seoul Motor Show

Arguably the most exciting car ever made by Kia, the Stinger will also be available in lesser flavours for those not willing to fork out the premium that comes with getting the meaty V6. A smaller four-cylinder 2.0-litre petrol will also be offered, with 255 hp and 260 lb-ft.

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A turbodiesel 2.2-litre engine producing 197 hp and 325 lb-ft will be available as well. Buyers will get to pick from both rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations, with the RWD models set to boast a mechanical limited-slip differential. Regardless of version, all vehicles will come exclusively with an eight-speed automatic gearbox fitted with paddle shifters.

Besides these three engines, Kia is said to be analysing the prospects of coming out with hybrid and full electric versions of the Stinger. Even if green-lighted for production, these greener derivatives are unlikely to come out in the foreseeable future considering the regular models aren’t even out yet.

Source: Kia

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Kia Stinger makes Asian debut at Seoul Motor Show

  • Kia Stinger shown alongside 2011 GT Concept
  • New carbon fiber design elements demonstrate performance potential
  • Kia displays innovative DRiVE WISE technology with Virtual Reality theatre
  • Fully-interactive exhibition of new connected-car technologies
The new Kia Stinger fastback sports sedan makes its Asian premiere today at the 2017 Seoul Motor Show. Shown in a new color and specification specially prepared for the show, the car is displayed alongside the 2011 Kia GT Concept, the vehicle which provided a template for the production Stinger’s final design.
In addition to the Stinger, Kia’s futuristic motor show display showcases the brand’s latest in-car technologies, with a Virtual Reality (VR) theatre demonstrating Kia’s DRiVE WISE driver assistive systems, alongside a range of fully-interactive exhibits dedicated to the future of car-to-car and car-to-environment connectivity.
Asian premiere for fastback Kia Stinger
Displayed in public for the first time in the brand’s domestic market, Kia’s powerful new fastback sports sedan channels the spirit of historic grand tourers – powerful, elegant vehicles capable of moving their owners in style and at speed. The Stinger features a head-turning aesthetic, ample room to accommodate five occupants and their luggage, a stable, unruffled ride, and nimble handling with engaging, rear-biased power delivery.
When the Stinger goes on sale in Korea, it will be available with a choice of three powerful engines. These include a powerful 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6, producing 370 ps with a maximum torque output of 52 kgf.m, giving the Stinger 0-to-100 kph acceleration of just 4.9 seconds, and making this the fastest-accelerating and most powerful car Kia has ever produced. Also available is a 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine (250 ps power output, and 36 kgf.m maximum torque) and - depending on market – a 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine producing 202 ps and 45 kgf.m torque.
The Stinger will be available with a choice of rear-wheel and all-wheel drive, as well as a range of DRiVE WISE active safety systems and an electronically-adjustable Dynamic Stability Damping Control suspension system. A five-mode Drive Mode Select system will give drivers the ability to customize the driving experience, altering suspension, throttle and steering characteristics to offer drivers sportier ride and handling, a more relaxed gran turismo-inspired ride for taking on long-distance drives, and everything in between.
The Kia Stinger displayed in Seoul features a new design interpretation, with a new rich yellow paint finish, as well as a new front grille, air intakes and bonnet louvres finished in lightweight carbon fiber, emphasizing the car’s subtle curves and muscular appearance.
For the first time at a motor show, the Stinger is to be displayed next to the Kia GT Concept, first revealed at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Kia GT Concept provided the inspiration for the Stinger production car, and its presence in Seoul will give visitors to the show the opportunity to see how Kia adapted the design for a dramatic production debut.
Interactive exhibition of connectivity and autonomous technology
Kia’s motor show stand in Seoul will offer visitors the opportunity to experience the company’s DRiVE WISE Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) with an advanced VR theatre.
DRiVE WISE embodies Kia’s philosophy to realize intelligently safe vehicles and improve safety for all road users. The VR theatre allows visitors to fully interact with Kia’s futuristic driver assistive technologies and learn more about the way that these innovations will shape the future of driving. Visitors will be able to experience a range of technologies already available on new cars, such as Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC) and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), as well as get a feel for how the technology will improve driver safety and enjoyment in future. DRiVE WISE employs advanced camera and sensor technology developed by Kia to aid drivers and help prevent collisions.
Kia is also exhibiting a series of connectivity technologies, showcasing innovative ‘car to home’ innovations which could one day allow cars and homes to communicate with one another. Users can access the technologies through a fully-interactive display made up of Kia’s latest in-car audio-visual navigation systems, which enable them to control their TV, lights and house heating from the wheel of their Kia; or start their car and adjust the heating and ventilation systems from within their house to maximize cabin comfort from the very start of a journey.

Kia’s display of its car connectivity technology envisions a future of intelligently connected vehicles which communicate more closely to their environment to maximize safety, comfort and convenience.