The Kia Stinger Thread

FiestaST

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Special (AWD) Kia Stinger GTS revealed ... with drift mode!

The limited-edition Kia Stinger GTS has been revealed at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, complete with a newly developed all-wheel-drive system that includes a dedicated drift mode.

The Korean automaker says just 800 units will be built (presumably all for North America).

Kia claims the new all-paw arrangement is “peppered with rear-wheel drive DNA” and “inspires more spirited driving”. It’s called “D-AWD”, with Kia claiming it closes the gap in behaviour between the all- and rear-driven Stinger GT derivatives.

A mechanical limited-slip rear differential has been thrown into the mix, designed to enhance traction and distribute power (from the unchanged 272 kW/510 N.m twin-turbo, 3,3-litre V6) more evenly between the rear wheels when slip is detected.

The drive mode select has also been tweaked, with the comfort setting sending 60 percent of power to the rear, sport mode upping that number to 80 percent and drift mode sending all of the oomph to the rear axle and holding the eight-speed automatic transmission’s gears without upshifting.

The Stinger GTS features a new orange paint colour as well as carbon-fibre trim for items such as the grille surround, side-mirror caps and side vents. It also gains “GTS” badging at the rear, with a “Stinger” emblem replacing the Kia logo on the boot lid.

In South Africa, only a limited number of rear-wheel-drive versions of the Stinger GT were offered, with the all-wheel-drive variant not making it to our shores.

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/new-models/special-awd-kia-stinger-gts-revealed-with-drift-mode/

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Perhaps:

Either cheating the system or another very small allocation arrived at the tail end of 2018 or during 2019.
Think more likely cheating. There's a blue one at the Centurion dealership (GP), that car has been sitting there for some months now, probably labelled '19 as well.
 

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Anyone get any hands-on time with one of these? Interested to know.
 

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Kia Stinger GT420: wild one-off track car driven

Race-spec Stinger has been developed to showcase full potential of Korean saloon

Will Kia ever put something like the Singer GT420 into production?

Right now, this is genuinely a one off, not-available-in-a-dealer-near-you car. Kia is keen to stress that it’s just a bit of fun, something for the engineers to get their teeth into between jobs and out of hours. Yet, for such an allegedly ad-hoc project, a lot of effort has been put into the car, not least the time spent pounding around various tracks - five days alone was spent on damper calibration.

What does this mean? Well, a company as large as Kia doesn’t do something for nothing, and the twinkle in the eyes of some of the engineers suggest that this wasn’t an entirely a dead-end project. Of course, nobody was saying anything, but it’s not too much of a stretch to imagine the lessons learned here might filter down to a faster and more focused Kia model at sometime in the future. Well, we can hope, can’t we?

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/kia-stinger-gt420-wild-one-track-car-driven

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I just had to register to respond to this topic.

I've driven quite a few hot cars and I've had the privilege of getting behind the wheel of a Stinger.

It has all the right buttons; it flies like hell and there is just that something that makes the driver and the car feel like one.

How the heck Kia got it right the first time, I have no idea but it is a class act.

There is no way that it is on top of the pile.

Like the Suzuki Swift Sport. There is so much fun to be had. Not the quickest or the most sophisticated, not the top of its class but it is just so much goodness when the road lies ahead.
 

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Now that the HYPE has settled, let's RE-VISIT the Kia Stinger GT! - Forrest's Auto Reviews

 

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Kia Shows Off Their One-Off Track Focused Stinger GT420

The Kia Stinger is Kia’s first take at a more driver-focused sports car. While we don’t have too many of them here in South Africa, it certainly has had the automotive world talking about what Kia is capable of. At the moment we only have the one version of the car available – the 3.3-litre, V6 twin-turbo engine that puts out 365 horsepower (272 kW) and 509 Nm of torque. Will there be a performance variant of it in the future? Well, nothing is confirmed but Kia thought they’ll have a go to see what’s possible.

The result of their efforts is the Stinger GT420, a one-off, souped-up version of the standard car. The car Kia has given the treatment was actually a pre-production homologation car that was used to test the Stinger and was also the car used by The Grand Tour and Top Gear when they tested the car. The car was destined for the scrap heap, but instead, Kia wisely did otherwise.

https://www.zero2turbo.com/2019/07/kia-shows-off-their-one-off-track-focused-stinger-gt420.html
 

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Not sure who is going to buy a Kia stinger when you can get a BMW 340i for not a lot extra.

Beautiful cars the stinger, but eish. Maybe at half the money.
 

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My dad drives a blue one like in the video. It's a seriously fun car to drive, and Kia got a lot right with it on their first try in this segment.
It's fast and handles well. Different driving modes are responsive. At 2.3 tons, it's big and heavy, so it's not quite as nimble as a GTi or ST. He was considering a Mustang at the time, but the Stinger is just as fast, but is a lot more practical as an everyday car, with a lot more room inside and boot space.
 

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My dad drives a blue one like in the video. It's a seriously fun car to drive, and Kia got a lot right with it on their first try in this segment.
It's fast and handles well. Different driving modes are responsive. At 2.3 tons, it's big and heavy, so it's not quite as nimble as a GTi or ST. He was considering a Mustang at the time, but the Stinger is just as fast, but is a lot more practical as an everyday car, with a lot more room inside and boot space.
2.3 Ton....that's really heavy
 

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I have never had the pleasure of seeing one on the road.
Not a good seller
 
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