- Kia’s first gran turismo and first rear-wheel-drive car in the UK is coming to GWR Kia
- Evokes memories of the classic age of grand tourers
- Three turbocharged engines, including a twin-turbo V6, all with an eight-speed auto gearbox
- Five versions based on three trim lines and three powertrains
- Priced from £31,995 to £40,495
- On sale January 1, 2018; order books now open
The stunning Kia Stinger, the company’s first gran turismo and first rear-wheel-drive car in the UK, will cost from £31,995 when it goes on sale at GWR Kia on January 1 next year. With pent-up demand reaching fever pitch, Kia is releasing pricing and specification details as the order books open.
The car has been six years in the making and is based on the GT Concept from the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. There were times in the intervening period when it seemed as though the GT would never make it into production form, but Kia senior management were always enthusiastic about the idea: they simply wanted to wait until the time was right. That time is now.
There will be five versions, based on three trim grades (GT-Line, GT-Line S and GT-S) and three turbocharged engines. Heading the range is the GT-S, powered by a twin-turbo 365bhp 3.3-litre V6 T-GDi engine capable of taking the car from standstill to 60mph in only 4.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 168mph where allowed. The GT-S is priced from £40,495.
GT-Line and GT-Line S both offer the choice of a 244bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder T-GDi engine or a 197bhp 2.2-litre CRDi turbodiesel capable of up to 50.4mpg, giving Kia’s new gran turismo a touring range of more than 600 miles. All models drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox with five different shift and throttle programmes and the option of full manual control using the steering wheel-mounted paddles.
Hugo Woodhead, Sales Manager from GWR Kia said: “We’re delighted to be able to showcase the Stinger at our Brentford branch. This is a real delight from Kia and we can’t wait to show the people of West London.”
Order books are open now at GWR Kia and the Stinger is priced from £31,995 to £40,495.
All models have an 8.0-inch touchscreen navigation system with European mapping and a Traffic Messaging Channel to guide owners to wherever they feel like roaming. The screen is linked to Kia Connected Services with TomTom, giving traffic, weather and local search information, and even warning of speed cameras.
The Stinger can also be connected to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay via a smartphone, has Bluetooth with voice recognition and music streaming and is equipped with a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors and a 7.0-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) supervision cluster. A head-up display is also a standard feature, which displays speed and navigation instruction, a first for Kia in the UK. GT-Line S and GT-S also have a 360-degree around-view monitor.
Leather upholstery in either black, grey or red is available on all trims, and in GT-S there is Nappa leather. Eight-way power-adjustable memory front seats are fitted to all models, along with a two-way power-adjustable cushion extender. Two-way side bolster adjustment is added in GT-S. The front seats are heated. along with the outer rear seats in GT-Line S and GT-S, which also have ventilated front seats.
Stinger’s standard paint finish is Sunset Yellow, while Pearl White, Midnight Black, Ceramic Silver, HiChroma Red and Panthera Metal are chargeable options.