Kia Stinger GT arrives in the UK
The Kia Stinger GT, Kia's first grand tourer and first rear-wheel-drive car in the UK has arrived and it’s available to order now.
It will be priced from £31,995, and monthly Kia Stinger lease prices can be found here.
With three turbocharged engines to choose from across three distinct trim lines in a five-model range, all with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, the range-topping model is powered by a 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 engine capable of 0-60mph in 4.7 seconds – faster than any previous Kia.
Six years in the making, the Stinger is an elegant gran turismo based on the 2011 Kia GT Concept.
Commenting at the launch, European head of design Gregory Guillaume said: "The Stinger has nothing to do with being the first to arrive, this car is all about the journey. It's about passion."
A classic grand tourer, not a sports car, the Stinger exhibits classic gran turismo proportions – long bonnet, short front overhang, long wheelbase, cabin positioned towards the rear of the car, lengthy rear overhang beneath broad shoulders and a 'Coke-bottle' nip in the waist.
Things look equally impressive on the inside, which features an 8in colour touchscreen infotainment system that features the latest Apple CarPlay and Android Auto tech.
Stinger's luxurious interior is a blend of cocooning intimacy and space for five people and their luggage. Occupants slip down into their low-slung seats – leather in GT-Line and GT-Line S versions, and Nappa leather in GT S.
There is a horizontal sweep to the high-mounted, wing-shaped dashboard – also covered in leather – which is broken only by the 8in touchscreen for the navigation and infotainment system.
Leather also adorns the door armrests, the D-shaped steering wheel and the gearshifter, which also has chrome sections.
To enhance comfort, dual automatic air conditioning is fitted to every model, while to aid the driver there is a 7in LCD Thin Film Transistor (TFT) supervision cluster and a customisable head-up display which allows key information – speed, navigation instructions and audio, cruise control and blind spot detection information – to be projected onto the windscreen. GT-Line S and GT S also have a 360-degree around-view monitor.
Grand tourers should not only be beautiful, comfortable and luxurious – they must also be fast. The three turbocharged engines chosen for Stinger are ideally suited to its role as a long-distance gran turismo.
On the one hand the 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 T-GDi is the fastest-accelerating Kia ever, with a 0-60mph time of 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 168mph, while on the other the 2.2-litre CRDi's combined fuel consumption of 50.4mpg gives it a touring range of comfortably more than 600 miles.
In between there is the 2.0-litre T-GDi offering much of the best of both: acceleration from 0-60mph in 5.8 seconds with combined fuel economy of 35.8mpg, allowing it to cover more than 450 miles before the driver will need to stop for fuel.
The 2.0-litre T-GDI engine develops 244bhp at 6,200rpm and 353Nm of torque all the way from 1,400 to 3,500rpm, ensuring outstanding driveability.
The 3.3-litre T-GDi V6 can deliver 365bhp at 6,000rpm and a huge 510Nm of torque which is even more widespread – starting at 1,300rpm and continuing uninterrupted until 4,500rpm. The 2.2-litre CRDi delivers 197bhp at 3,800rpm and 440Nm of torque, also across a wide range – 1,750 to 2,750rpm.
All versions drive the rear wheels through an electronic eight-speed automatic gearbox which was designed in-house and right-hand-drive cars have undergone additional testing in the UK to meet the unique challenges of our roads network.
Stinger may evoke memories of the golden age of gran turismos, but it is not a retro car. Its advanced driver aids take into account that roads are busier.
All versions have Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, High Beam Assist and Driver Attention Warning to alert a tired driver that it is time to take a break.
GT-Line S and GT S supplement this with Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
There are 18in alloy wheels for GT-Line and GT-Line S, while the GT S has 19-inch alloys with 225/40 R19 tyres at the front and even wider 255/35 R19 tyres at the rear.
— Kia UK PR (@KiaUKPR) November 14, 2017