Kia reveal the GT4 Stinger concept at the Detroit motor show. They say it will rival the highly popular Toyota GT86, hit the showrooms in 2016, and is powered by a 315bhp version of Kia’s 2.0-litre T-GDI petrol engine – welcome to the big league Kia.
Designed in California, the 4.3m Stinger Coupé uses rear-wheel-drive power and it’s 315bhp turbocharged version of Kia’s 2.0 litre, four cylinder petrol engine to thunder it’s way forward. Driving a six-speed manual gear-box, you get full control to exploit every horsepower the engine has to offer.
The Stinger is based on a bespoke platform, uses double wishbone suspension and gets transparent A-pillars. In Kias attempt to make a hardened, rougher car, they’ve sacrificed carpets within the Stinger concept. The firm says the Stinger provides a “possible glimpse into Kia’s future”.
Tom Kearns, designer chief at Kia’s American design centre said: “Driving enjoyment was the number one priority in designing the GT4 Stinger. It’s a 2+2 sports car that can turn heads as a daily driver while also being right at home on the track.
“It’s about purity, simplicity and timelessness. The GT4 Stinger is a throwback to days when driving a car was a visceral experience that wasn’t muted by electronic gimmickry.”