Kia Stinger GTS gets a drift mode and carbon fiber bits

The Kia Stinger GT has really been impressing reviewers and buyers alike ever since it was launched with its blend of bold styling, great quality and, last but not least, a rewarding, sporty driving experience. Now Kia intends to make the latter even better as it’s just introduced a more exclusive Stinger GTS at the 2019 New York Auto Show.

Why Does the 2020 Kia Stinger GTS Matter?

Kia Enters The Exclusivity Ring With the Special Edition 2020 Kia Stinger GTS
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Finished in a striking shade of orange, the Kia Stinger GTS has several enhancements that place it above the regular Stinger GT. Firstly, it features a new, advanced rear-biased dynamic all-wheel-drive system (called D-AWD) that features an actual drift mode that allows the driver to really whip the car’s tail out with ease.

In this mode, all of the engine’s power is sent to the rear wheels at all times.

Compare that to Comfort mode, where only 60 percent of the power fed continuously to the rear axle or 80 percent of power sent to the rear in Sport mode.

Kia Enters The Exclusivity Ring With the Special Edition 2020 Kia Stinger GTS
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The 3.3-liter, twin-turbo, V-6 engine is the same and remains untouched. It still makes 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet (510 Nm) of torque and the transmission is the same eight-speed that Kia makes in-house (in contrast to most other manufacturers in the segment who source their gearboxes from third-parties, the most famous of which is Germany’s ZF).

Engine 3.3L Twin Turbo V6
Displacement (cc) 3,342 cc
Bore x stroke (mm) 92.0 mm x 83.8 mm
Compression ratio 10.0:1
Horsepower 365 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 376 lb.-ft. @ 1,300-4,500 rpm
Transmission 8-speed automatic
Top Speed 167 mph

Kia says that with the revised dynamic all-wheel drive system (which is optional, by the way) the all-wheel-drive Stinger GTS feels and behaves pretty much the same as the rear-wheel-drive model, especially in Sport or Drift modes.

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The Stinger GTS also has some cosmetic changes to set it apart from lesser models.

It has real carbon fiber styling elements around the grille, bumper, side intakes, (fake) hood intakes, and rear valance. The mirror caps are also made from carbon fiber.

Kia Enters The Exclusivity Ring With the Special Edition 2020 Kia Stinger GTS
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Inside, the GTS has an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, gear selector knob, and center console armrest all of which are complemented by the suede-like headliner material. GTS badges inside and out differentiate this from lesser Stingers, and you’ll also be able to tell it apart by the Stinger script on the rear hatch that replaces the Kia badge.

Kia Enters The Exclusivity Ring With the Special Edition 2020 Kia Stinger GTS
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Just 800 examples will be built and you’ll be able to get one from $44,000 or $46,500 if you want the new dynamic all-wheel-drive system. Expect the 2020 Kia Stinger GTS to hit showrooms within the next few months.

Further reading

2018 Kia Stinger Exterior
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0-to-60 could be as fast as five seconds flat

Read our full review on the 2018 Kia Stinger.

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