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2018 Kia Stinger

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2018 Kia Stinger

Kia is finally ready to take on the Germans!

When Korean manufacturers like Hyundai and Kia came to the U.S., they were fighting an uphill battle against American, Japanese, and German cars that were often regarded as having nicer materials and better build quality, among other things. Fast forward to today, and Hyundai has spawned its own performance/luxury brand called Genesis and Kia has finally jumped on the bandwagon with a premium and performance-based fastback that is derived from the GT Concept. Going by the name Stinger, it’s set to bring some insanely stiff competition to German rivals like the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and the Audi A5 Sportback, among others. At Launch, it will be available with a 255-horsepower four-banger or a 3.3-liter, Biturbo, V-6 with some 365 ponies on tap. But, that’s not all. It’s extremely spacious with a longer wheelbase than that of other competitors like the Lexus GS, and even the Infinity Q50 while the chassis itself is composed of 55 percent high-strength steel for superior stiffness and excellent ride handling. Inside, it offers high levels of comfort and an absolutely striking design with technology that rivals that of high-end models way outside the Stingers expected price range.

Those two engines I just mentioned, well there’s already word of a diesel powertrain being available for European customers. And, while it hasn’t been officially planned or confirmed, interviews with Albert Beirmann – the Executive VP of Vehicle Testing and High-Performance Development for Kia – has said that there have been talks of electrification, a move that could pit the Stinger against the likes of the Tesla Model 3 or even the Model S, depending on how much electric muscle Kia can come up with. Beyond that, the Stinger is said to be able to handle much more power than that offered by that Biturbo 3.3-liter, so an even brighter future could be on the horizon for Kia’s new halo car.

But, I’m getting a little ahead of myself as we already have a lot to talk about, and the Stinger isn’t scheduled to hit showrooms until later on in 2017. So, grab a beverage and join me farther down the page to see what the Stinger will offer when the order books officially open.

Update 11/16/2017: Kia has announced pricing for the 2018 Kia Stinger just weeks before it rolls into dealers. Pricing starts at an exceptionally low $31,900, nearly $10,000 less than its main competition. Check out the pricing section below to learn all about it.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Kia GT.

 

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8 Best All-Wheel-Drive Sedans of 2018 Under $35,000

8 Best All-Wheel-Drive Sedans of 2018 Under $35,000

You’re going to have a difficult time picking one from the others

There are no clear favorites when choosing the best all-wheel-drive sedan under $35,000. The important thing to remember here is to know what your preferences are. The Ford Fusion SE ($23,500), for example, is regarded for having a good amount of interior space to go with one of the most spacious trunk spaces — 16 cubic feet — among all sedans in its class. It also has a fuel economy rating of 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. If you’re not particularly into cavernous trunk spaces and instead prefer sedans that are known for their power and handling, the two Subarus could be in your future. The WRX ($26,995) has the most powerful base engine — a turbo-four unit that produces 268 horsepower — of its class, and while its fuel economy ratings aren’t anything to write about — 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway — it’s still regarded as one of the most dynamic cars in its class to drive.

The Subaru Legacy ($22,195), on the other hand, doesn’t have as powerful of an engine as the WRX. It’s 175-horsepower, four-cylinder unit is uninspiring compared to the WRX, but that’s likely a product of the Legacy sitting below its fellow Subie on the automaker’s totem pole. Still, the Legacy has a pretty spacious interior and returns one of the best fuel economy ratings among all models in its segment at 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Then there’s the Kia Stinger ($31,900), a car many people consider as one of the future stars of its segment. Maybe it’s a byproduct of the Stinger being a new model that still gives it a fresh odor among buyers, but a big part of the Stinger’s appeal rests on its all-around quality. This model really is a star-in-the-making. Even with just the base version, you’re already getting a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 255 horsepower at its disposal. Combine that with its own large cargo area — a whopping 23.3 cubic feet of space — and an engaging and athletic drive that’s pure fun for all of us, and it’s no wonder why the Stinger is one of the most sought-after all-wheel-drive models in the market today. All that despite the sedan only returning an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

Four models in and the choices are about to get more difficult once you bring in Germany’s finest into the fold. The Audi A3 Premium and the Mercedes CLA 250 4Matic may be visitors from the Old Continent, but you’re going to quickly realize how at-home they make you feel once you get either one of them. The A3 Premium ($31,950) is one of the cheapest compact luxury cars on the market. In fact, the difference in price between the Stinger and the A3 Premium is a measly $50. As promising as the Stinger is, there’s a big population of people who will prefer an established model over an upstart. The A3 Premium is the base unit of the family, but it doesn’t feel like one, thanks in large part to having its fair share of luxury amenities. From leather upholstery to a panoramic sunroof to a 10-speaker audio system, they’re all there as standard equipment. About the only downside of the Audi sedan is that the Quattro all-wheel-drive system doesn’t come standard across the whole lineup. You’ll need to upgrade to the Quattro to have the most fun in the sedan. Doing so comes at the expense of a lower fuel economy rating — 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway — but that’s ultimately a small price to pay for all the fun you’re going to have driving it.

If the A3 isn’t your cup of tea, the Mercedes CLA 250 4Matic ($32,700 plus $2,000 to get the 4Matic AWD system) is a solid, albeit slightly more expensive option. Nobody needs to remind you what kind of model you have when you’re driving a Mercedes. The CLA 250 4Matic is teeming with luxury like only Mercedes can provide. It doesn’t have the same power figures as the A3 Premium — a four-cylinder turbocharged engine produces only 208 horsepower — but it does get some of its appeal back by how engaging it is to drive and by having one of the highest fuel economy ratings — 24 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway — of any sedan in its class. The last two sedans we’ll mention are both American bred, but like all the models we’ve mentioned, these two are special for entirely different reasons. The Chrysler 300 Touring ($28,995 plus $2,500 for an AWD version), for example, packs a punch with its 292-horsepower V-6 engine. It’s also one of the bigger sedans in its class, and that size comes into play in the spacious interior. Its fuel economy rating is average — 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway — but if you look past that, you’ll come to realize that the 300, despite all the negativity surrounding it, is a pretty fun ride, as well. Unfortunately for the 300, it’s still not as fun to drive as the Dodge Charger ($28,995). The meaty sports sedan packs a similar V-6 unit with an identical 292-horsepower output as the 300 Touring, but make no mistake; the Charger is a completely different animal when it comes to driving dynamics. Some people may not like it because it’s a little too wild for their capabilities, but those who have seen the Charger in action can vouch for what it’s capable of. Ultimately, choosing one sedan among these intriguing options is an exercise in futility. But if I were to choose one, my money’s going to the Kia Stinger. It isn’t as established as some of the other models here, but when you combine everything it has to offer with its starting price, there’s no better value for money than Kia’s new performance-oriented sedan.

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The 10 Most Beautiful Cars Available Today

The 10 Most Beautiful Cars Available Today

Swooning over these models can become occupational hazard

It’s true that there is subjectivity in beauty, but in the world of automobiles, that’s less likely to manifest itself because the cream always rises to the top. The most beautiful cars today don’t need to let the world know they’re beautiful. They just are. That’s why when we’re discussing which of today’s cars look the best, the same models find their way into the conversation. There will be some debates, sure, but for the most part, those debates typically are about determining if a car looks awesome or super awesome. Compiling a list of the ten most beautiful cars today was difficult because there were too many options to consider. In the end, I got through my list of 10 models that can take my money just by looking at them.

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Australian Police Department to 'Sting' Speeding Drivers With The New Kia Sedans

Australian Police Department to ’Sting’ Speeding Drivers With The New Kia Sedans

The Commodore has been demoted and the Falcon has been grounded.

It looks like the automakers and law enforcers are equally serious about each other now. We recently saw Ford with the first ever pursuit-rated hybrid SUV, and now, the Australian Police Department has acquired a fleet of Kia Stingers for highway patrolling. The Fleet is set to replace the Ford Falcons and the Holden Commodores in the PD’s. One-fourth of the 200 cars have already started patrolling the streets of Queensland, and the rest will be added in the near future.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Kia Stinger

Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Kia Stinger

Kia absolutely blew our minds when it pulled the sheet off of the Stinger, and it did so at it put the Germans in check. Fast forward from that moment and the Stinger is alive and well, and it’s priced lower than all of its German competition. It’s a beautiful performance sedan, with plenty of power, tons of comfort and technology, and room to grow in the future if Kia’s up to it. It’s not as unattainable as a Ferrari, Lamborghini, or Maserati is for most of us but it’s beautiful nonetheless, so we’ve decided that it’s worthy of that wallpaper treatment and have handpicked a few just for you. Go ahead and download one of five ;)

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Kia May Deal a Stronger Blow to Audi and BMW with Higher-Performance or Premium Stinger Models

Kia May Deal a Stronger Blow to Audi and BMW with Higher-Performance or Premium Stinger Models

That’s what happens when you have a car that’s generated a lot of positive reactions

You know an automaker has a potential gold mine of a car on its hands when it’s already talking about adding variants to a model that just hit the market. That’s the position Kia is in with the Stinger GT, a car that has caught everyone’s attention in all the right ways. It’s no surprise, then, that Kia is already looking into producing different model variants of the Stinger provided that sales and interest in the four-door saloon remain strong.

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The Stinger GT Atlantica Adds A Special Feel To Kia's Mighty Sports Sedan

The Stinger GT Atlantica Adds A Special Feel To Kia’s Mighty Sports Sedan

Limited production run adds unique touches to entice new buyers

First introduced just last year at the Detroit Auto Show, the Kia Stinger GT pretty much singlehandedly upended our perception of the South Korean brand’s sporting intentions thanks to its attractive five-door liftback exterior and competitive powertrain spec. Now it looks like Kia is jumping on the special edition bandwagon with the release of the Stinger GT Atlantica, which “celebrates the cross-Atlantic collaboration between the U.S. and the vehicle’s Germany-based development roots and introduces exclusive features not previously offered.” Standout upgrades include new paint and larger wheel designs outside, as well as Nappa leather upholstery for the cabin.

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Steven Tyler Takes A Stinger Back In Time In Kia's Super Bowl LII Commercial

Steven Tyler Takes A Stinger Back In Time In Kia’s Super Bowl LII Commercial

Pulling the ’ole Superman trick, eh?

We’re just a few days away from the Big Game, and the commercials are coming at us fast and furious. Earlier this week, we got a preview of Kia’s spot with a 30-second clip that showed a pair of Stingers lined up on an old, abandoned race track. Leaning up against one of the high-powered four-doors was Formula One and Indy 500 champ Emerson Fittipaldi, while inside the cabin of the other was a mystery celebrity sporting a big silver ring and two-tone nail polish. We speculated that the finger belonged to none other than Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, which turned out to be spot on.

In this new one-minute, 14-second update, Tyler slams the Stinger into reverse and performs a big smokey burnout. He continues to accelerate, lapping the abandoned race track faster and faster, until suddenly, he’s transported back the ’70s, complete with screaming bell-bottomed fans and a rejuvenated Tyler. It’s the classic Superman spin-back-in-time trick, and certainly speaks to the Stinger’s impressive power potential.

Look for the full 60-second ad spot to air in the third quarter of Super Bowl 52. Check out this latest update below.

As a reminder, the Kia Stinger GT is equipped with a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 engine producing upwards of 365 horsepower. 60 mph arrives in 4.5 seconds.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Kia Stinger

Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Kia Stinger

The best thing to ever wear a Kia badge poses some serious competition for the Germans and opens the door for even better Kia-branded cars in the future.

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Five Sports Cars To Consider In 2018

Five Sports Cars To Consider In 2018

Five rides to help you drop the hammer in the new year

Now that we’re knee-deep into the 2018 calendar year, it’s a great time to look ahead and think about all the great opportunities just over the horizon. Naturally, we here at TopSpeed are practically frothing at the mouth at the thought of all the great sports cars expected to drop over the course of the next 365 days. As such, we’ve assembled five of them right here for your collective amusement. Give the list a looksee, and make sure to let us know about the sports car you’re most excited about in the comments below.

Continue reading for our list of five sports cars to consider in 2018.

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Kia Previews Super Bowl Ad Spot Featuring Emerson Fittipaldi And A Pair Of Stingers

Kia Previews Super Bowl Ad Spot Featuring Emerson Fittipaldi And A Pair Of Stingers

The brand goes big time to push its sexy four-door sports machine

South Korean brand Hyundai is once again returning to the big game this February, dropping a 60-second ad spot during the third quarter of the 52nd Super Bowl between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots. The ad is set on an old abandoned race track, where we find a pair of Kia Stingers staged up for what we can only assume to be a race. Leaning up against one of the high-powered four-doors is none other than the mutton-chopped two-time Formula One and Indy 500 champion Emerson Fittipaldi. Meanwhile, in the other car, we have a mystery celebrity, who kicks over the Stinger’s twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 with a single, slender, be-ringed and nail polished finger.

Kia provides few cues as to who’s driving the other Stinger, merely stating the ad features “two eternally youthful legends who have logged seat time in some of the most powerful and exotic cars in the world.” Based on that description, plus the silver ring and two-tone nail polish, there’s really only one candidate here – Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler. It makes sense, considering Tyler’s previous rides have included such insane machines as the Hennessey Venom GT and Shelby Cobra, among others.

Either way, make sure to tune in on February 4th to see the entire 60-second ad spot. Something tells us that rubber will be burned.

As a reminder, the Kia Stinger GT produces 365 horsepower and can hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

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Video of the Day: Watch the Kia Stinger Level With the Panamara; Kick BMW's Ass

Video of the Day: Watch the Kia Stinger Level With the Panamara; Kick BMW’s Ass

It really has to suck for BMW to get beat out so badly by a Korean economy brand.

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Will Hyundai's Upcoming Supercar Use DNA From the Kia Stinger?

Will Hyundai’s Upcoming Supercar Use DNA From the Kia Stinger?

Don’t sleep on the possibility given the two brand’s close ties

Hyundai has confirmed plans to build its first-ever supercar. Now that we know what the Korean automaker is planning, the time for speculation begins. There are a lot of different directions we can go to, but we’re focusing on Hyundai’s sister company, Kia, and the latter’s own — and new — performance car: the Kia Stinger GT. Knowing what we know about the Stinger GT and Kia’s admission that the sports sedan is capable of so much more, is it possible that Hyundai could tap into the Stinger’s DNA as it develops its own supercar?

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The Kia Stinger Gives Dealers Their First Opportunity to Exploit the Markup Game

The Kia Stinger Gives Dealers Their First Opportunity to Exploit the Markup Game

One customer reports a GT2 priced at $13,000 above invoice

Kia has long been in the business of no-nonsense, economical cars and SUVs, but that’s changed with the 2018 Stinger. It’s the Korean automaker’s first “gotta have it” vehicle and its dealership network is apparently feeding on the frenzy. At least two pages worth of forum posts on StingerForum.org detail customer experiences of pricing markups from a few hundred dollars to an exorbitant $13,000 in one case.

Adding insult to financial injury, several forum users report dealerships aren’t very accommodating with test drives. User “Thebkguy,” said he was able to test drive a four-cylinder Stinger but was told no test drives of the Stinger GT were given unless a price was agreed upon and a credit check had been run. He eventually coerced the dealership into a test drive but turned down the purchase over a $10,000 markup. Keep in mind; the 2018 Kia Stinger GT starts at $38,350 and crests at $49,200 for the GT2 trim level. Thankfully, not all Kia dealerships are being so overtly greedy, according to other forum users. Most seem to add between $1,500 to $5,000 to the Stinger GT’s price.

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2018 Kia Stinger

2018 Kia Stinger

Kia is finally ready to take on the Germans!

When Korean manufacturers like Hyundai and Kia came to the U.S., they were fighting an uphill battle against American, Japanese, and German cars that were often regarded as having nicer materials and better build quality, among other things. Fast forward to today, and Hyundai has spawned its own performance/luxury brand called Genesis and Kia has finally jumped on the bandwagon with a premium and performance-based fastback that is derived from the GT Concept. Going by the name Stinger, it’s set to bring some insanely stiff competition to German rivals like the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and the Audi A5 Sportback, among others. At Launch, it will be available with a 255-horsepower four-banger or a 3.3-liter, Biturbo, V-6 with some 365 ponies on tap. But, that’s not all. It’s extremely spacious with a longer wheelbase than that of other competitors like the Lexus GS, and even the Infinity Q50 while the chassis itself is composed of 55 percent high-strength steel for superior stiffness and excellent ride handling. Inside, it offers high levels of comfort and an absolutely striking design with technology that rivals that of high-end models way outside the Stingers expected price range.

Those two engines I just mentioned, well there’s already word of a diesel powertrain being available for European customers. And, while it hasn’t been officially planned or confirmed, interviews with Albert Beirmann – the Executive VP of Vehicle Testing and High-Performance Development for Kia – has said that there have been talks of electrification, a move that could pit the Stinger against the likes of the Tesla Model 3 or even the Model S, depending on how much electric muscle Kia can come up with. Beyond that, the Stinger is said to be able to handle much more power than that offered by that Biturbo 3.3-liter, so an even brighter future could be on the horizon for Kia’s new halo car.

But, I’m getting a little ahead of myself as we already have a lot to talk about, and the Stinger isn’t scheduled to hit showrooms until later on in 2017. So, grab a beverage and join me farther down the page to see what the Stinger will offer when the order books officially open.

Update 11/16/2017: Kia has announced pricing for the 2018 Kia Stinger just weeks before it rolls into dealers. Pricing starts at an exceptionally low $31,900, nearly $10,000 less than its main competition. Check out the pricing section below to learn all about it.

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2018 Kia Stinger GT Wide Body

2018 Kia Stinger GT Wide Body

The Stinger GT goes wide and low

Unveiled for the 2018 model year, the Kia Stinger not only proved that the Korean brand had what it takes to give the German companies a run for their money but also signaled its intent to become more active in the high-performance market with the GT model. Powered by a high-revving V-6 with more than 350 horsepower and sporting an aggressive design, the Stinger GT could mean trouble for the likes of the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63. With the sedan just a couple of months away from arriving at U.S. dealerships, Kia paired up with iconic customization shop West Coast Customs for a unique take on the Stinger GT.

Displayed alongside other modified Kia models at the 2017 SEMA Show, this bespoke Stinger GT stands out thanks to a sporty-looking wide body kit and an array of carbon-fiber body parts. It also has a customized interior and a lowered ride height, demonstrating that the sedan has plenty of potential for aftermarket add-ons. Whether Kia is planning some sort of body upgrade in the future remains a mystery, but there’s been a lot of talk about a higher performance Stinger GT. Until we find out more, let’s have a closer look at this widebody version of the sedan.

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2018 Kia Stinger GT Federation

2018 Kia Stinger GT Federation

A few tasteful mods for Kia’s performance star

South Korean automaker Kia just introduced the hot-to-trot Stinger GT five-door earlier this year at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, with sales slated to kick off in December of this year. When it was introduced, enthusiasts just about wet their pants with delight, and for good reason. Not only does it look fantastic, but it’s got the performance credentials to back the aesthetic. And that makes the speedy mid-size luxury machine a fantastic fit for the customized glitz and gloss of the annual SEMA show. As such, Kia is introducing a variety of bespoke examples, including this tasteful rendition you see before you. Upgrades include a few body mods, new paint, minor engine enhancements, and complementary suspension pieces.

SEMA attendees will have a chance to experience the Kia Stinger’s cornering prowess first hand on an autocross course, as Kia will be offering ride-alongs with professional drifters at the show. Meanwhile, those of us admiring from afar can gaze upon customized offerings like the GT Federation and anticipate a forthcoming deluge of parts and accessories, which Kia acknowledges as confirmation of its move towards further performance offerings. In fact, Kia says interested buyers will be able to pick up these performance parts via specific suppliers following the car’s launch. Read on for the details.

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The Kia Stinger Gets Baptized For SEMA

The Kia Stinger Gets Baptized For SEMA

West Coast Customs gets one of the first cracks at unleashing the Stinger

It was only a matter of time before the Kia Stinger would attract the attention of aftermarket tuners. As it turns out, it was even sooner than we all thought. Kia’s new GT sedan is headed to the 2017 SEMA Auto Show, and it’s bringing West Coast Customs with it for the ride.

By now, it’s become the status quo to expect the extraordinary at SEMA, and it’s no surprise that the Stinger’s baptism in the event comes by way of one of the most famous tuning shops in the world. In true West Coast Customs fashion, the kit it prepared for the Stinger is nothing short of a statement on the tuning potential of the performance sedan. The aero kits are insane. The aesthetic details are just as incredible. And, let’s not forget what West Coast Customs is capable of if given a chance to go all-out on redesigning a car’s interior. There are no photos of the Stinger’s cabin at the moment, but you can be assured that it’s going to be overhauled, West Coast Customs style. Weird lighting? Perhaps. An ear-pounding audio system? Don’t sleep on it. Maybe an HDTV or two? Wouldn’t be a shock to the system either. The full story of West Coast Customs’ aftermarket build of the Kia Stinger is going to be told in all its glory at SEMA. As far as can’t-wait moments for the show, the unveiling of this project now sits high atop my list.

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Ring in 2018 Already: 10 Models We're Dying To See When The Calendar Flips A Page

Ring in 2018 Already: 10 Models We’re Dying To See When The Calendar Flips A Page

Are you ready to ring in the new year with a car purchase or two?

With just a little over two months left before we say adieu to 2017, the wait for all 2018 model releases is hitting fever pitch. We can’t promise to make time move faster than it does, but what we can do is at least prepare everyone for what’s to come when the new year arrives. That said, let me be the first to say that 2018 is going to be a wild year for the auto industry, as old guards are retired, existing nameplates get their redesigns, and most importantly, all-new models are unleashed into the world.

Who knows, 2018 might even be the year when we take a big leap in electric and autonomous technology. A lot of things are at play when the new year rolls around so to keep the anticipation building, do check out this list of some of the hottest and most highly anticipated models to hit the streets next year. We can’t say that we like one of these models better over the other, but at least we’re giving you a good preview of what’s to come. Prepare those checkbooks, ladies and gentlemen, because some of these cars won’t come cheap.

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Kia Just Gave the Germans a Big Middle Finger

Kia Just Gave the Germans a Big Middle Finger

The Stinger is Dirt Cheap in Comparison to the BMW 4 Series and Audi A5

I was there when Kia pulled the covers off of the Stinger for the very first time and, in case you haven’t read my review, I was extremely pleased with the car inside and out. The seats were beyond comfortable and supportive. The fit and finish of interior and exterior panels were amazing, and there was plenty of high-end tech to compete with the big boys. When you add in the fact that It basks in the ambiance of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that’s good for 255 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque or a 3.3-liter V-6 that’s good for 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet, we’re talking about a car that not only stole the show at its debut but will be a bur in the ass of every executive over at BMW and Audi. Why? Because BMW and Audi can’t afford to beat out Kia and its newest sports sedan.

It sounds crazy, right? BMW and Audi have officially been smacked down by Kia – a brand that was once known for its econoboxes and lackluster quality that was more than sufficient thanks to extremely affordable pricing. Well, even though Kia has been producing more premium cars as of late – the Optima is pretty nice too – we kind of expected the Stinger to fall a bit on the chubby side of the finance books. We couldn’t have been more wrong, and Kia has proven to the world that it can produce a truly attractive sports car with more than enough power to take on the big boys without having to overcharge or ask you to break the bank to buy one. That’s right; we’re talking about a true sports sedan that isn’t ungodly expensive. So, how cheap is it? Well, the base model beats out the BMW 430i by nearly $10,000 and the 440i xDrive Gran Coupe by more like $11,000… Sounds crazy, right? Well, there’s more. Keep reading to learn all about it.

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Souped-up Kia Stinger GT to Get V-8 Engine

Souped-up Kia Stinger GT to Get V-8 Engine

Is Kia finally giving us an alternative to the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63?

Rumors of a more powerful version of the awesome Kia Stinger GT have been flying around ever since the Korean brand launched the sedan – and we have a rendering and speculative review for it – but the Asian carmaker has yet to confirm such plans exist. However, the company’s Australian communications manager just hinted that a higher performance version could come to the U.S. soon. What’s more, it appears that instead of a beefed-up V-6, Kia may use a V-8 powerplant for the range-topping four-door.

Speaking to CarAdvice, Kevin Hepworth, the brand’s communications manager in Australia, said, "I believe they’re developing one" when asked about a V-8-powered Kia Stinger. And while he pointed out that such a model won’t make it Down Under, he added that "there may be a possibility the U.S. could pick it up." There’s no word as to when it could arrive, but as we mentioned in our speculative review, a 2018 launch for the 2019 model year seems very likely. What specific engine will it use and how much power will it send to the wheels? Keep reading to find out.

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Don't Expect A Hardcore Version Of The Kia Stinger For The Time Being

Don’t Expect A Hardcore Version Of The Kia Stinger For The Time Being

It could still happen, but for now, Kia wants the Stinger GT to stand on its own feet first

The Kia Stinger GT caused quite a stir when it made its debut at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Not only did it usher in a new era of Kia performance models, but it also made it known that Kia’s all set to compete in a premiumsedan market currently dominated by the likes of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. It’s no surprise, then, that soon after the Stinger GT broke cover, the rumor mill was inundated with an insinuation that a “hotter” version could be in the works. A Stinger “GT-R,” as folks christened it. Well, according to no less than Albert Biermann himself – he’s the head of Kia’s high-performance division – a more powerful version of the Stinger GT is possible; it just won’t happen anytime soon.

As deflating as it sounds, Kia did offer a pretty sound explanation as to why it’s holding off on a more hardcore version of the Stinger GT. According to Biermann, the focus at this moment is to make sure that the Stinger GT is successful. Launching the car (it’s expected to arrive in the U.S. later this year) is the first step. From there, the company is intent on gauging the kind of customers it gets and understanding what these customers are looking for in terms of a more performance-oriented version of the model. It’s an approach that wouldn’t make sense if it was BMW, which already knows what its customers want. But this is Kia, a company that’s technically diving into these waters for the first time. As Biermann told Motoring Australia, entry into this premium market is something Kia needs to do “carefully.”

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2020 Kia Stinger Coupe

2020 Kia Stinger Coupe

Kia, please make this happen!!!

Kia shocked a lot of people when it pulled the sheet off the Kia Stinger earlier this year, and things only got better once folks got a chance to sit down in the most comfortable vehicle Kia has ever built. Offered here in the U.S. with a 255-horsepower four-cylinder or a 365-horsepower V-6, the newest four-door on the block is set to compete against models like the BMW 4 Series, the Audi A5 Sportback, and even models like the Lexus GS or Infiniti Q50. But, what if Kia didn’t stop there? What if it wanted to take on the two-door segment too? Well, there’s no reason at all that it shouldn’t, and we decided to give Kia a head start by designing our own take on what a Kia Stinger Coupe would look like.

When the Stinger we all know and lust for (that’s weird to say about anything with a Kia badge, right?) has four doors, our coupe has an extended front door and a large chunk of rear quarter glass that hints toward the best passenger room of any two-door currently on the market. Plus, it retains that rear hatch and sharp roofline that makes the four-door model so attractive. With that said, let’s take a closer look at this rendering and discuss some of the finer details before Kia decides to steal our idea and run with it.

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BMW, Mercedes, and Audi Just Got Punked Out by the Kia Stinger

BMW, Mercedes, and Audi Just Got Punked Out by the Kia Stinger

Kia gains some ground in the Korean-German war

There was a time when getting bullied meant you fought back and reclaimed your dignity, and after years of being bullied by the world, Kia finally started swinging back at the competition. You could say Kia fired its first shots with the 2017 Kia Cadenza and the 2016 Kia Optima, but it went full-on nuclear when it showed up at the Detroit Auto Show with the Kia Stinger. It’s sporty, insanely comfortable, packed to the brim with technology, and offered in range-topping form with a 3.3-liter, Biturbo, V-6 that we now know is capable of pushing it up to 62 mph in as little as 4.9 seconds – 0.2-seconds faster than Kia’s original estimate of 5.1 seconds.

News of its official 0-to-60 time comes courtesy of is Asian-market debut at the 2017 Seoul Motor Show, where it’s being displayed, for the first time, next to the Stinger GT Concept from which it got a lot of its DNA. So, for those of you still on the fence about this Korean brand, it’s time to accept that it’s not the econobox, throw-away car maker that it once was. I mean, after all, we’re talking about a Kia with as much as 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. But, the real question is, how does its 0-to-60 time stack up against the competition? Keep reading to find out.

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2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus

2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus

Our thoughts on a high-performance version of the Kia Stinger

Kia surprised a lot of people when it debuted its new Stinger GT thanks to the performance and luxury DNA that Kia developed for its first big step into such a popular segment. Set to compete against models like the Audi A5 Sportback, Mercedes C-Class, BMW 3 Series GT, and the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, Kia’s new halo car has a lot to live up to. But, Kia isn’t done writing the Stingers story just yet as Product Market Boss, Spencer Cho, has said that the Stinger will become electrified in the future. Meanwhile, a high-performance version could be on the table as well, thanks to the Stinger’s excessively strong chassis. With that concept in mind, we tapped into our resident artist to put together a rendering of what a high-performance Stinger just might look like.

As a high-performance model, Kia will build on the car’s current profile by adding more aggressive features on the outside, to go with a few minor updates inside, and a significant power bump under the hood. It’s pretty likely that it will eventually happen, but what we don’t know is what Kia will do to increase the performance of the Stinger. Will its future hybrid plans play a role in the performance model or will it be all computer remapping and hardware upgrades? Well, we have a few theories, so let’s talk a little more about the rendering and the possibilities in my speculative review below.

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Will There be a Wait List for the Kia Stinger?

Will There be a Wait List for the Kia Stinger?

Judging by the interest generated at the car’s debut, it’s quite possible

When Kia came to the U.S. market, it became known as a producer of affordable but reliable cars that were fairly comfortable and looked decent. But, none of the models were really anything to write home about, and certainly couldn’t be compared with models like the BMW 3 Series and 4 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, or anything else outside of the affordable segment. When the 2014 Detroit Auto Show kicked off, Kia Debuted the GT4 Stinger along with a promise to bring such a model into production and, three years later, Kia kept its promise and debuted the Kia Stinger at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Offered in the U.S. with a 255-horsepower four-banger or a 365-horsepower, twin-turbo, V-6, along with a very comfortable and upscale interior and a sexy exterior shell, the Stinger was a show stopper for the Korean brand as it steps into the luxury performance market. But, now that the world knows about the Stinger, it has raised a pretty interesting question: Will there be a wait list for the Stinger when the books officially open?

There’s really no way of telling quite yet, but outside of small shortages for models like the Kia Sportage, it’s hard to recall of any significant waiting period for any Kia model in the past. But, the new Stinger is a completely different breed of car that comes to offer a significantly cheaper alternative to more expensive luxury and performance models. Should Kia actually lock in even a small portion of those that are really interested in the car, it could find itself unable to keep up with demand. It comes down to a couple of factors that include when production officially starts, when the order books officially open, and that initial demand.

As of the time of this writing, neither its release date or pricing point has been officially announced, but a price tag in the range of $35,000 to $40,000 is expected while the order books should open sometime in the fall or early winter of 2017. That expected price point puts the Stinger at roughly $4,000 cheaper that the entry-level C300 from Mercedes, $6,000 cheaper than the entry-level 4 Series Gran Coupe, and a staggering $9,000 cheaper that the entry-level BMW 3 Series GT. With comparable comfort, luxury, and technology, it should be a no-brainer for those who aren’t overly loyal to the Stinger’s German competitors – as long as their willing to give the brand’s first performance luxury vehicle a chance, that is.

So, with such a low price point in comparison to its competition, the Stinger could see a lot of initial interest that could lead to a sizable waiting list. As such, it’s quite possible that dealers will find themselves in a predicament they aren’t used to: dealing with customers that want to take delivery today but simply can’t. We all saw how that went for Ford with the Focus RS, so hopefully Kia has a plan in place, just in case.

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The Kia Stinger GT Might Be The Affordable Korean Panamera GTS You've Been Looking For

The Kia Stinger GT Might Be The Affordable Korean Panamera GTS You’ve Been Looking For

Apples to oranges? Maybe… or maybe not

In my mind, the most exciting thing to debut in Detroit this year has to be the Kia Stinger GT. Based on the brand’s GT Concept car that debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in 2011, as well as the GT4 Stinger concept that debuted in Detroit in 2014, the Stinger GT is a watershed moment for the South Korean automaker. Long story short, this is Kia’s new halo performance machine, and it arrives ready to tangle with some of the most popular European four-doors on the planet. That said, it might seem like a bit of a stretch to put this thing up against a $115K Porsche, right? I mean, have we gone completely loony?!

Woah there, Internet warrior. Put down the keyboard. There’s a method to our madness. While it’s true that any Porsche buyer worth his PDK wouldn’t step within 100 miles of Kia dealership, a gearhead with some 911 wallpaper on his phone making a third as much money a year just might. If there happens to be a few Stinger GT’s waiting for a test drive.

And why not? It’s got a similar body style, and if you get the base model Panamera, straight-line acceleration is roughly the same.

Still… seems like a bit of a stretch, no? Maybe… but maybe not. Continue reading to see what we’re on about.

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Kia Isn't Done with the Stinger Quite Yet

Kia Isn’t Done with the Stinger Quite Yet

We could see a lot happen over the next few years if Kia is willing to put in the work

If you had the liberty of reading my last article on the Kia Stinger, you know that I instantly became a fan when I laid eyes on it. Well, if you want to hear my Stinger love story, you can check that out at the link above. Now, I’m here to tell you a little about the future of the Stinger. When it goes on sale later this year in the U.S., consumers will have the choice of a 3.3-liter, Biturbo, V-6 with around 365 ponies or a little four-banger with around 255 horsepower. Both options can be equipped with all-wheel drive or rear-wheel with an LSD, but according to Autocar, our European brothers and sisters will also get the option of a diesel drinker.

The unit in question is a 2.2-liter four-cylinder that is currently available in the Kia Sorento and the Hyundai Santa Fe, so there’s nothing really new about it aside from it being crammed into the hottest sports sedan to debut so far this year. Reports indicate that it should deliver the same 197 horsepower and will send power to the rear wheels, while the option of all-wheel drive may be offered at some point in the future. Spencer Cho, Kia’s Product Marketing Boss overseas, also confirmed that the Stinger would eventually see electrification as well. It will start out with a hybrid model and could eventually morph into an all-electric model as well – the latter of which would, in fact, be a prime competitor for the Tesla Model 3 should it have similar performance figures and range. The Hybrid model would likely use the hybrid configurations from models like the Kia Optima Hybrid or the PHEV.

That last sentence might not make sense to some, as the Stinger is set up with a longitudinal engine configuration, but according to Autocar – citing Spencer Cho – the Stinger can share many components with the aforementioned models despite their transverse powertrain layout. For the record, a pure EV model isn’t exactly in the plans yet, but with the continued push for electrification, it’s probably only a matter of time. Furthermore, Albert Biermann, the Head of Kia’s Vehicle Testing and High-Performance Development group has said that the Stinger’s chassis can support much more power than that offered by the 3.3-liter Biturbo that will be available when the car hits showrooms, so the prospect of a true BMW M3 fighter is certainly within reach as well – now that’s pretty amazing and something I can’t wait to see.

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All Eyes Are On Kia And The Stinger Now

All Eyes Are On Kia And The Stinger Now

The pieces are already in motion to add more variety to the Stinger

By now, everybody seems to be onboard the notion that Kia hit a homerun over the fence with the Stinger. The Korean automaker bet big on a premium performance sedan that could take on BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi and the early returns about the car are very encouraging. Of course, it’s still hard to make any judgments on the Stinger until we get to see what it’s actually like on the road, but given the overwhelmingly positive response surrounding its Detroit Auto Show debut, it wouldn’t be too presumptuous to think of how Kia’s going to build around the Stinger in order for the sedan to reach its full potential.

First of all, here’s what we already know about the Stinger’s status moving forward. the initial version will come with two variants: an entry-level sedan and a performance sedan called the Stinger GT. There’s no definite timetable yet on when the model will go on sale, but all signs seem to point to a launch sometime within the year with the U.S. scheduled to get the Stinger in the last quarter of 2017, maybe even sooner.

Here’s the question though: is Kia already thinking of adding on to the two variants that have already been announced?

It’s a legitimate question to ask and to Kia’s credit, it’s already indicated as much, telling Autocar that a diesel version is already in the works with a tentative schedule to make its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show this March. Details are still scarce on how a diesel Stinger is going to be packaged, but a look at the automaker’s engine lineup points to the 197-horsepower, 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel that the company already uses on some of its models, including the Kia Sorento.

Beyond the growing possibility of seeing a diesel version of the Stinger, there have also been talks of going the electrified route. Granted, an EV Stinger is unlikely to arrive in the foreseeable future, but according to Spencer Cho, Kia’s overseas product marketing boss, the company has the capability to venture down that road in the event that there’s demand for one.

The speculation surrounding Kia’s growth plans for the Stinger is likely going to continue now that the model has made such a positive first impression. It’s a great problem for Kia to solve and one that I’m sure the company is looking forward to solve.

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The Kia Stinger Casts a Big Shadow on the Competition

The Kia Stinger Casts a Big Shadow on the Competition

I’m talking about unparalleled quality and beauty.

I spent just over 24 hours at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, and out of all the vehicles I had the pleasure of checking out, the Kia Stinger has stuck in my mind more than any. And, that’s saying a lot after spending some time with models like the Audi S5 Cabriolet, BMW 5 Series, and even the Mercedes GLA, among many others. I was actually quite skeptical when I first walked up to the three Kia Stinger models on display. I mean, after all, it’s a Kia, right? The brand came to the U.S. back in the early 1990s as an affordable brand that offered decent reliability but didn’t quite deliver in terms of performance, luxury, or even comfort in some cases. In recent years, the brand has stepped its game up a lot with models like Kia Optima, Niro, and Cadenza, but there was still a lot of room for improvement if the brand wanted to really step into the premium or luxury segments. Well, after seeing what the Stinger brings to the table, you can color me impressed and even encouraged about the South Korean brand’s future.

Now, the Stinger is set to bring some pretty healthy power into the mix with that 365-horse, 3.3-liter Biturbo and the 255-horsepower four-banger, but once I sat down inside of the new Stinger, it became immediately and exceedingly clear that it’s about a lot more than that. And, that’s saying a lot since I’m big on power output and performance. So what was it that impressed me so much? Well, there’s actually quite a bit, so keep reading to find out more about my experience.

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Watch Out BMW 3 Series, The Kia Stinger GT Is Not Messing Around

Watch Out BMW 3 Series, The Kia Stinger GT Is Not Messing Around

Top-of-the-line Stinger GT packs more power than its German counterpart

Two years after introducing the Kia GT4 Stinger the 2014 North American International Auto Show, the Korean automaker made good on its promise to bring the Stinger GT4 into the production. It took some time, but the new Kia Stinger has finally arrived.

Packaged as a premium compact sedan that will eventually tussle with the likes of the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Kia Stinger is poised to become an imposing presence in its segment in more ways than one. For one, it immediately becomes one of the biggest models in its specific market, thanks in part to having one of the longest wheelbases (114.4 inches) among the competition.

More than just its size, the Stinger also packs a varied engine lineup, highlighted by a range-topping 3.3-liter bi-turbo V-6 engine that’s expected to top 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to help the sports sedan hit 62 mph in 5.1 seconds on its way to hitting a top speed of 167 mph. The Stingers GT’s numbers are impressive because they actually compare favorable to a car like the 3 Series, whose 340i variant “only” produces 320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. It does have a quicker acceleration to 62 mph (4.8 seconds), but its top speed is capped at 155 mph.

U.S. customers of the Stinger are also expected to receive an entry-level model that packs a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and hits an output of 255 horses and 260 pound-feet of twist. Those figures put it in the crosshairs of the BMW 328i, which itself comes with 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

Good news for would-be customers too. The launch of the Kia Stinger is expected to happen soon, or at least far quicker than the car’s concept-to-production phase as the sedan is expected to go on sale later this year. It took a long time for the Stinger to get here, but now that it’s arrived, it looks like Kia has a good one on its hands.

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Kia GT Teased Once Again Ahead of Detroit Debut

Kia GT Teased Once Again Ahead of Detroit Debut

New video reveals exterior design

Spotted testing on public roads since early 2016, the production version of the Kia GT is about to break cover at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. With just a couple of weeks left until the year’s first major automotive event kicks off, Kia is busy teasing the upcoming vehicle and it has just released a new video. The third clip as of December 21, the new teaser showcases some of the car’s exterior features.

The footage is rather shadowy and hides most of the actual details found in the sheet metal, but it provides plenty of hints as to what the car looks like. What’s evident from the very start is that the sports sedan is heavily based on the concept car. It has a sexy, coupe-like profile, steeply raked rear glass, and a big trunk lid spoiler. Up front, I spotted a pair of sleek, sweptback headlamps, the already traditional "tigernose" grille, and dual vents for the bulged engine hood. Other highlights include large alloy wheels, quad exhaust pipes, a lowered suspension, and LED technology in the front and rear.

Not much else can be seen, but we do know that the GT model will be rear-wheel-drive with the option to select an AWD setup. Kia also revealed that the sedan will be able to hit 62 mph from a standing start in 5.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 151 mph, figures that are likely to be achieved with a twin-turbo, 3.3-liter V-6 engine rated at more than 300 horsepower. The automaker could also offer less powerful versions motivated by four-cylinder drivetrains, but we will find out more about that when the GT breaks cover at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show in January.

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New Kia GT Concept Will Preview Production Version

New Kia GT Concept Will Preview Production Version

Kia unveiled its rear-wheel-drive 2011 Kia GT concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show back in 2011. Since then, Kia has revamped a few things and plans for it to be ready in time for the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, or the North American International Auto Show early in 2016. The GT concept has been modified for U.S. crash safety standards and is said to be production-ready. It will most likely lose the suicide doors, and exhibit other minor changes that will tone down the body design a bit. Kia expects the U.S. to be the largest market for the new GT sedan when it goes into production.

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Kia GT Sedan Inches Toward Production, GT4 Stinger Unlikely

Kia GT Sedan Inches Toward Production, GT4 Stinger Unlikely

It’s been almost four years since the Kia GT Concept was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but the rear-drive, coupe-like sedan is back in the news again. Drive.com.au sat down with Orth Hedrick, Kia’s head of product planning in the U.S., who said that a production version of the concept car is in the works and there is “an announcement coming soon” on the matter.

A good indication of this is the fact that Kia just recently unveiled the Kia Novo Concept at the Seoul Motor Show, which has the same fastback shape as the Kia GT, but a more production-ready front-end design. This new concept is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder, while the Kia GT Concept had a turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6 rated at 390 horsepower.

On the flip side, coupe fans don’t have as much cheery news to rejoice over. Hedrick goes on to say that the 2014 Kia GT Stinger is still under consideration, but such a dedicated coupe isn’t likely to make it to make it to production. This car would have been a perfect rival for the Scion FR-S and Hyundai Genesis Coupe, but as Hedrick points out, the popularity of such cars fades fast.

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Kia GT Could be Launched in 2018

Kia GT Could be Launched in 2018

Since making its debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Kia GT Concept has been largely kept under the covers by the Korean automaker. After three years, we finally heard in October 2014 that Kia’s actually planning to build a production model based on the GT. Well, here’s more good news. Motoring Australia is now reporting that development of the production GT is progressing to the point that it could be launched by 2018.

Kia Vice President of Overseas Marketing Soon-Nam Lee told the Australian auto site that positive feedback from auto scribes has given Kia the validation it needs to turn the concept over to its research and development department and see what it can do with a planned production version.

Lee pointed out that Kia has big plans for the GT Concept, especially in the U.S., where the Korean automaker is looking to consolidate its luxury image. To do that, Lee said it’s incumbent upon Kia’s R&D team to develop a production model that will have, among other things, a more powerful engine than the 3.3-liter, V-6 engine fitted into the concept.

It’s interesting that Lee would say that since the V-6 already packs 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque. But in order to compete in the premium luxury sedan segment currently inhabited by the Audi A7, the Porsche Panamera, and the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo, Kia needs to bump up the GT’s performance numbers. A previous report hinted that the GT could use the company’s 5.0-liter, ‘Tau’ V-8 engine, but there’s sentiment within Kia to develop the GT with a different architecture with the K900, hence the idea to steer clear from the admittedly aging Tau V-8.

It’s still anyone’s guess what kind of engine Kia’s R&D department will use on the production GT, but if we’re guessing on one, we wouldn’t rule out a bigger V-6 than the one the concept had.

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Kia GT Could Arrive In 2016 As Audi A7 Competitor

Kia GT Could Arrive In 2016 As Audi A7 Competitor

We first saw the Kia GT at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show as a concept, and immediately we started getting reports suggesting that Kia was planning to build a production version. None of those reports ever amounted to anything, but now Kia executives confirmed with Edmunds at the 2014 Frankfurt Motor Show that the GT Concept is, in fact, headed to production.

Oh, it will also come to the U.S. where it’s scheduled to arrive as a 2017 model.

The GT is being prepared as a four-door fastback model that will be slotted in the premium luxury sedan segment. That means going head to head with the Audi A7, the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo, and the Porsche Panamera. That is some stiff competition for the Korean maker to target.

Kia has refused to give out any details about the production GT - it doesn’t even have a name yet - but the company expects it to become a compelling new option in a segment that has no shortage of ‘compelling’ models. With design touches like rearward opening "suicide doors" it’s unlikely that we’ll see all of the styling details on the concept make it to the production model, but it still be a visual stunner regardless.

As far as power goes, the GT Concept had a 3.3-liter turbocharged V-6 engine under its hood that produced 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque. To compete in this class, Kia needs that level of horsepower, but expect the turbo six to be dropped in favor of the family 5.0-liter V-8 from the K900.

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Kia will Expand its GT lineup with a New Sports Car

Kia is getting ready to tackle the Germans again with a production version of the GT Concept.

At the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, Kia unveiled the GT sports car - a concept rumored to be put into production shortly after its official debut. Still, no details have been offered on the new concept until recently, at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Benny Oeyen, Kia’s boss of European product planning, confirmed that in the next few years we will see a production version of the GT sports coupe and a new Rio GT.

Talking about the production version Kia GT, Benny Oeyen confirmed it will be a rear-wheel-drive sports coupe, "a little less pure than the Toyota GT86, more of a comfortable cruiser."

He also confirmed that the GT lineup will be expanded with a new Rio GT model that will be powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that is capable of delivering around 200 horsepower. Still, Kia will limit the output to about 180 horsepower in order to offer a clear hierarchy in its lineup — the new Rio GT needs to be placed under the C’eed GT, which delivers a total of 210 horsepower.

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Kia GT Concept set for production date in 2013

Kia is getting ready to tackle the Germans again with a production version of the GT Concept.

Korean automaker, Kia, has been far more aggressive in expanding its company profile in the past couple of years and establishing itself as one of the most popular automakers in the world.

Now we’re learning that Kia is set to venture into a whole new market after news broke that they have green-lighted the production of the Kia GT Concept sports car for 2013. We first saw the GT Concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show a few months ago and were left breathless at the car’s cutting-edge design and significant - at least for Kia - performance numbers.

For the production GT Concept, Kia is looking at a comprehensive line-up that not only includes a sedan version, but also a two-door coupe variant and, quite possibly, even a station wagon.

What we do know is that the production GT will be made to provide the market a Korean alternative to many of the German automakers, particularly Audi and BMW. If you ever thought the day would come wherein Kia would be mentioned in the same sentence as those two German automakers, then your day has finally come.

As it stands, details on the production version of the GT Concept are still being kept under wraps. The concept we saw at Frankfurt carried a 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 engine with 390 horsepower so you can probably expect something along those lines.

Whatever the case may be, Kia’s decision to push for the production of the concept shows without a tinge of doubt that they’re ready to play with the Germans. And the best part is, they sure as heck aren’t backing down.

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Production Kia GT may get Hybrid Setup

Kia is getting ready to tackle the Germans again with a production version of the GT Concept.

Kia unveiled the impressive GT Concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and shortly after, the company announced it would be followed by a production version. The production version will be offered as Kia’s halo car and will be targeting a market where German models have been making all the rules.

In an interview with British magazine, AutoExpress, Design Director Peter Schreyer revealed a few details on the next GT: "I think done in the right way, with a smaller engine or hybrid technology, it would work, he explained. "It would still be fast, but return good fuel economy, too. Every company needs a halo car... The coupe market is dominated by German brands, and the GT is Kia’s first step. It’s like putting a foot in the door of the club."

The production GT is said to follow along the same design lines as the concept, which would mean it could include an extended bonnet, powerful rear shoulders, and truncated rear end. The concept also featured a low slung front air intake, jet-themed rear-view cameras, an aerodynamically efficient rear diffuser, winglets that curve in from the front flanks and flow into the headlamps, and multi-piece propeller-style alloy and carbon fiber wheels. We doubt all of the bells and whistles will be on the production model, but it would be interested to see which ones make it.

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2011 Kia GT Concept

2011 Kia GT Concept

One of the many highlights of the Frankfurt Motor Show was a concept car that could potentially lead to a new styling direction from the company that brought the car to Germany.

We’re talking about the Kia GT Concept, a rear-wheel four-door, four-seater sports sedan concept that bares a slight resemblance to the K9 sketch revealed back in 2009.

While we certainly were very surprised by the look of the car - at first, we actually thought it was a Maserati - Kia’s aggressive approach in the design of their future models just goes to show that their designers and engineers have some serious creative chops.

"No matter from which perspective you look at it – this concept car is roaring with energy and ready for take-off," said Peter Schreyer, Kia Motors Chief Design Officer. "I believe the car is a strong statement from Kia: we are ready to fast forward to an all new chapter."

With the aggressive approach the Korean automaker has taken in being more pro-active in the industry, we’re not betting against these guys when it comes to actually seeing this concept through. Who knows, a production version might be in the oven sooner than we think.

UPDATE 12/23/2011: We’ve learned that Kia is set to venture into a whole new market after news broke that they have green-lighted the production of the Kia GT Concept sports car for 2013. We first saw the GT Concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show a few months ago and were left breathless at the car’s cutting-edge design and significant - at least for Kia - performance numbers.

For the production GT Concept, Kia is looking at a comprehensive line-up that not only includes a sedan version, but also a two-door coupe variant and, quite possibly, even a station wagon.

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