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Kia Enters The Exclusivity Ring With the Special Edition 2020 Kia Stinger GTS

Kia Enters The Exclusivity Ring With the Special Edition 2020 Kia Stinger GTS

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.

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This Kia Stinger Wears its Widebody Kit Well

This Kia Stinger Wears its Widebody Kit Well

Turns an already aggressive looking car into something evil

The Kia Stinger has received a lot of attention since it debuted some two years ago and while at first the attention was mainly due to it being a new model that nobody knew anything about, now it gets attention specifically because people know it’s actually pretty good. But for those that think that the factory look just isn’t aggressive enough, now there’s a bold widebody kit that completely transforms its look.

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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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Kia Pits The Forte Against The Lamborghini Aventador in Hilarious Ad

Kia Pits The Forte Against The Lamborghini Aventador in Hilarious Ad

Korean automaker makes a lot of fair points!

The Kia Forte and the Lamborghini Aventador are two cars that couldn’t be more different from each other. One is a compact four-door sedan while the other is, well, you know what the Aventador is. On the surface, the Aventador beats the Forte in just about every meaningful discussion. But is the Lamborghini really that much better than the Forte? Kia (obviously) doesn’t think so, and believe it or not; it actually makes a compelling case for its own sedan.

Go ahead and watch the video. Tell me you didn’t get a good laugh out of it. I certainly did. Kia’s justifications for the Forte are all fair. The sedan does have two more doors than the supercar. It also has a big advantage in rear seating, cargo space, touch-screen capability, and wireless charging. It even has the Aventador beat in fuel efficiency and cost. It’s true that you can buy a Forte for a tenth of the price of an Aventador. You can even use the money you saved on something else, including that villa in Italy the voice-over guy suggested. By these metrics, the Forte wins hands down!

In all seriousness, the “rivalry” between the Forte and Aventador is tongue-firmly-planted-in-cheek humor. Give credit to Kia for thinking outside the box with the angle for this commercial. It takes a certain kind of confidence to roll out an Aventador opposite a Forte, and then actually make a compelling case for the latter as the better car.

Well done, Kia. It’s a great commercial, though, I think it would’ve probably been better if you saved this one for Super Bowl LII. Just a thought.

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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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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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2016 Chicago Auto Show – Best And Worst In Show

2016 Chicago Auto Show – Best And Worst In Show

Winners and losers from CAS 2016, plus what went missing

The gates are open at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, and with those pesky journalists finally out of the way, the public can now enjoy all the vehicular goodness that North America’s “largest” auto show can muster. Special editions, refreshes, and brand-new models all dropped cover this year, with crossovers and SUVs served up as the main course, and new sedans and sports cars added as a tasty side dish. Picking winners and losers here is not exactly easy, but hey, this isn’t some elementary school talent show. Time to be ruthless.

There were a few clear standouts for Best In Show right from the start, but cutthroat competition to fill the remaining slots quickly followed. Picking vehicles for Worst In Show was also pretty tricky, but that’s why they pay me the big bucks.

So, without further ado…

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Kia Plans To Launch Sports Sedan In 2017

Kia Plans To Launch Sports Sedan In 2017

New model will be developed to take on the BMW 3 Series

There was a time when the mention of Kia drew chuckles and sideways glances from people in and out of the industry. How times have changed, right? These days, Kia and sister company Hyundai make up the Hyundai Motor Group, the second largest automaker in Asia behind Toyota and the fourth largest in the world. Kia’s status in the industry has grown to the point that nobody is laughing about its plans to launch its first sports sedan to take on the BMW 3 Series.

According to Reuters, the model, codenamed “CK,” is being targeted for a May 2017 launch and will compete against the 3 Series and the Audi A5. Kia reportedly plans to build 60,000 units of the model per year and will feature a host of engine options, including a 2.0-liter, 2.2-liter, and 3.0-liter. The company itself has made no announcements on this reported plan, but it’s likely that the company is just waiting for the right time before making it official.

A new sports sedan certainly fits into Kia’s strategy of moving up to bigger and sportier markets. It makes sense for the company to have a model that would seamlessly fit into a market that has no shortage of options available for discerning customers.

The CK is expected to be smaller than the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, so it could actually fall into the compact sports sedan segment. Whatever segment it ends up in, Kia is reportedly keen on developing the sports car to replicate the success it had with the Kia Soul. That would entail putting a premium on the car’s design to make it fresh and attractive. It’s unclear if the company plans to use some of its recent sports sedan concepts – the GT and the Novo – as launching points for the development of this new model, but with the mostly positive reviews both prototypes received when they were launched, it would make sense for the automaker to at least look in those directions for inspiration.

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New Models Coming From Kia

New Models Coming From Kia

Kia has been doing a pretty good job lately of showing us some interesting concepts, but this hasn’t carried over into actually rolling out new models in the way you expect. We did fairly recently get a new 2016 Kia Optima, and that is certainly an attractive car, but Kia will be rolling out several new cars in the immediate future as existing models reach the ends of their production cycles. The most exciting of these will no doubt be a new sports car, although it’s not known exactly what form this car will take.

Recent concepts like the 2011 Kia GT and the 2014 Kia Stinger GT4 will supposedly influence the design of the upcoming car, but the GT is a four-door and the the Stinger GT4 is a small 2013-2015 Scion FR-S competitor, so it’s not entirely clear what we can expect. Or indeed when we can expect this car, as Kia has simply said “by the end of the decade.” What we do know a bit more about is the upcoming B-segment crossover that Kia is building to compete with the Nissan Juke. This will debut within the next two years and draw on the influence of the 2013 Kia Provo concept of 2013. This will be accompanied by a new Picanto in 2017.

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2014 Kia GT4 Stinger

2014 Kia GT4 Stinger

About two weeks ago, Kia announced that would head to the 2014 Detroit Auto Show with a 2+2 concept car that will preview the long-rumored Kia sports car. Today the company revealed the concept’s official name and a new image of the concept.

This new concept is named the GT4 Stinger and, according to the details that Kia gave us, it will bring into focus the latest version of Kia’s signature "Tiger Nose" grille.

Along with the revised grille, the GT4 Stinger will also feature vertical LED headlights flanking the white surround of the grille, brake cooling vents, 20-inch wheels and a carbon fiber front splitter mounted below the bumper. This first image really gives us a nice look at this striking front end, and we simply cannot wait to see it.

On top of this awesome-looking nose, this concept will carry a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that delivers a total of 315 horsepower to the rear wheels through a six-speed, close-ratio manual transmission. If this potent four-pot finds its way into a production model, then Kia will officially put Toyota, Scion and Subaru on notice to get off their rumps and add some much-needed power to the GT 86, FR-S and BR-Z triplets.

Stay tuned for more details on the concept, which Kia plans to release on January 13th, shortly before the official unveiling.

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Kia Will Unveil A 2+2 Sports Concept In Detroit

Kia Will Unveil A 2+2 Sports Concept In Detroit

Kia revealed the first teaser image of a 2+2 sports car concept set to be unveiled in January 2014 at the Detroit Auto Show. The company described the concept car as a "stunning sports car," specially designed to deliver "head-turning looks whilst providing superb driving enjoyment whether on the road or at the track."

No other details were revealed, but the teaser image reveals a car with a sporty character, featuring the design lines we’ve seen on all the latest Kia vehicles. The concept appears to feature a long hood and pronounced wheel arches. The nose seems to feature a new headlight design for a Kia model.

More details on the concept will be released in the upcoming weeks, but the full specifications figures will be unveiled during the car’s official debut in Detroit. Stay tuned!

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Kia Design Boss Wants a Toyota GT86 Fighter

Kia Design Boss Wants a Toyota GT86 Fighter

Kia has been playing with the idea of offering a sports coupe for quite some time now.

In the past few years this idea has been brought up quite a few times, but at the 2013 New York Auto Show Tom Kearns, the head of Kia’s California design studio, stated emphatically that he feels the company should develop a sports car. His dream sports car would offer a rear-wheel-drive configuration and would be a similar style as the Toyota GT86 and FR-S.

He would like to see it offered in both coupe and convertible, with both versions having their own advantages: a convertible is fun to drive, while a coupe with an affordable price can prove very popular in the U.S. market.

In true Kia fashion, they would also try to keep the model very affordable in an attempt to attract younger buyers.

Will it ever happen, not likely, but Kia’s done it before…

Hit the jump to read more about the first rumors on a possible sports car and Kia’s sports car past

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Kia will Expand its GT lineup with a New Sports Car

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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2014 Kia pro cee'd GT

2014 Kia pro cee’d GT

Shortly after Kia unveiled the new generation pro_cee’d at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, everyone started to talk about the potential of a more powerful version of it. It looks like the talk was more than just lip service, as Kia has just unveiled the first teaser image and some details on its first-ever hot hatch.

The new pro_cee’d GT will be based on the standard 2013 pro_cee’d and has been described as "a hot hatch perfectly aligned with Kia’s sportiness and "fun to drive" positioning. An aggressive body kit highlights the aesthetic program for the pro_cee’d GT, particularly the addition of a new front bumper with larger air intakes, new LED headlamps, a honeycomb grille with a "GT" logo, larger side skirts, and a redesigned rear bumper. Adding to that program are a new set of 18-inch alloy wheels with a lower suspension and front brakes measuring 300x28 mm with rear brakes measuring 262 x 10 mm (10.3 x 0.39 inches)

Find out more about the Kia pro_cee’d GT after the jump

UPDATE 01/27/2013: The first set of photos of the pro_cee’d GT have been released ahead of its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

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Spy shots: 2014 Kia pro cee'd GT Caught Testing

Spy shots: 2014 Kia pro cee’d GT Caught Testing

Just days ago, Kia unveiled the first details on the upcoming pro_cee’d GT and now our spy photographers have caught the car testing for the first time. As you can see the GT is still heavily camouflaged, meaning there is likely very slim chances of seeing it launched before the second half of 2013. The model will be available in five-door and three-door versions.

When compared to a standard pro_cee’d, the GT version will receive different grille, revised headlights and sportier bumpers with LED daytime running lights. On the back end, the car will receive a pair of larger exhaust pipes and it will sit on a set of 18-inch wheels combined with red brake calipers. On the inside, Kia will fit in Recaro seats and aluminum trimming – not too shabby for a company that once produced throw-away econo-boxes.

Pro_cee’d GT will sit atop an updated chassis and will milk power from a 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI engine that delivers a total of 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of twist. If that engine sounds eerily familiar, well, it should; it’s the same 4-pot you’ll find under the Hyundai Veloster Turbo’s hood. The engine mates to a six-speed manual gearbox and will sprint the car from 0 to 62 mph in just 7.9 seconds – just about the same 0-to-60 time as its Veloster cousin.

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Report: Hyundai and Kia Working on Strapping a Turbo To a V-6

Report: Hyundai and Kia Working on Strapping a Turbo To a V-6

When Hyundai and Kia strapped some boost to a 2.0-liter engine and bumped its output to over 270 horsepower, we took notice. Hyundai then released the all-new 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and we thought, “What’s going on here?” Now Hyundai and Kia are working on yet another turbocharged engine and it’s likely to turn heads and twist faces.

According to reports, at Hyundai-Kia’s International Powertrain Conference, the automakers confirmed that they are currently working on a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine. The likely recipient of this new boosted V-6 engine is the next-generation Genesis.

This engine is expected to feature direct fuel injection and at least 350 ponies. With the combination of a turbocharger, direct fuel injection, and other creative engineering, Hyundai-Kia expects this engine to get somewhere in the 33 mpg range. We’re not too sure which Genesis Hyundai is talking about, but we assume this would see use in the coupe model.

The existing Genesis 3.8 R-Spec uses a 3.8-liter V-6 that produces 348 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. With turbos being as effective as they are now, we would expect to see torque nearing 350 pound-feet at super-low rpm – maybe sub-2,000. That would make the Genesis quite the screamer. Given its existing 5.3-second sprint to 60 mph, we would anticipate that to drop near the 4.5-second range with the added horsepower and torque.

For now, this is all speculation and we don’t expect to see the next-gen Genesis Coupe until at least the 2016 model year, maybe even later. If Hyundai is planning on this engine going into the Genesis sedan, we could see it as early as 2014. That would be very upsetting to see this engine wasted in the sedan’s body…

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2013 Kia Quoris

2013 Kia Quoris

A few years ago, if anyone had said that Kia and Hyundai would end up producing vehicles that would target luxury models from the likes of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes, many people probably would have laughed in their faces. Now, the two companies are chipping away at their cheaper car reputation and we have a series of new spy shots to prove it. The vehicle seen here is the new Kia Quoris (known as the K9 internally), as it takes its turn in Northern Sweden for some winter testing.

Known as the Maserati Quattroporte from Korea (weird), the Kia Quoris will be based on the rear wheel drive platform from the Hyundai Genesis sedan and will take most of its design cues from the recently announced GT Concept, including the concept’s full LED headlights.

The engine line-up will include a series of three petrol engines, plus a diesel for the European market. The entry-level will use a 3.8 liter V6 engine that will deliver about 333 HP, then there will be a 4.6 liter V8 version delivering 385 HP, and the top model will use a 5.0 liter V8 with a powerful 429 HP. The engines will be offered with a choice of an 8-speed automatic transmission, but a new 10-speed automatic transmission that is currently under development could find its way in the K9 as well.

The new Kia Quoris will make its world debut at the end of 2012 as a 2013 model.

UPDATE 04/02/2012: Kia has unveiled a new video featuring Peter Schreyer explaining the design of their new K9 sedan. He shares his thoughts and philosophies about coming up with one perfect design while drawing a brief sketch of Kia’s new flagship sedan, code-named KH. He says his dream, Kia’s dream, and customers’ dream have come true with the KH. Hit the jump for the video!

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