2017 is an exciting year for us at MotorFirma.com – and one of the main reasons is the launch of this, the Kia Stinger.
We are big fans of the little South Korean brands here and the Stinger is the most anticipated Kia in years. Boasting a 3.3L Twin-turbocharged V6 pumping out 272kW and 510Nm of torque and a 5.1 second 0-100km/h time, the Stinger is set to blow its competition out of the water – or the ice, in this case.
Whilst we are sweltering in the summer heat, the guru’s at Kia have headed North, to their Swedish Lapland testing facility at Arjeplog. The aim: to ensure the Stinger can ‘balance drivers’ desires for predictable, stable, gran turismo-inspired handling in all conditions, with the engaging, fun-to-drive character of a rear-wheel drive sport sedan’.
Sound pretty good to us.
And with temperature reaching as low a -35°C, it is sure to push the Kia to its limits, as Albert Biermann, Kia’s Head of Vehicle Test and High Performance Development, explains: “Testing the car in these extreme conditions allows us to focus on the stability and predictability that the Stinger offers drivers, in every configuration and in all driving conditions. Crucially, these tests allow us to engineer a car which retains the driving appeal that buyers look for in a sport sedan. We want enthusiastic drivers to be able to enjoy the thrill of driving their Stinger in all conditions without compromising on safety.”
What’s important to take away from that last paragraph is mr Biermann’s title – ‘High Performance Development’. We test drove the turbo-charged Kia Optima last year and loved it, so the idea of the Stinger gives us a real fizz.
When it goes on sale, the Stinger will be Kia’s first sedan available with a choice of rear- and all-wheel drive with the added bonus of Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control. Buyers of the rear-wheel drive Stinger will be able to specify an optional mechanical limited slip differential – yeah, Kia are serious. The 3.3L Stinger GT models will feature fully switchable Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System (TCS) in the ‘Sport’ mode.
As well as the top of the range V6, there will also be a 2.0L Petrol option capable of 187kW and 353Nm of torque, as well as a 2.2L turbo-diesel variant; more than likely targeted towards European customers than Australians. All Stinger models will be paired to an 8-speed auto.
The Stinger is expected to arrived later this year. In the meantime, check out the video below to see the Stinger in action in the Arctic.