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The 2018 Kia Stinger doesn’t go on sale until later this year but already, it’s being labeled as a major game changer for Kia, once known as the ‘budget option’ car company. The brand hasn’t yet announced the sticker price for their new rear-wheel drive compact sedan, but it’s expected to compete with the Cadillac ATS, BMW 3-Series, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and the Lexus IS.
The base engine of the Stinger is a 255-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, but they offer an optional 365-hp 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6. Both the Stinger and Stinger GT will come standard with an eight-speed automatic and a 7.0-in touchscreen and navigation are standard.
Kia also carries over their existing relationship with audio giant Harman/Kardon, offering an optional audio system with 15 speakers and 720 watts.
Kia reps say that the car has the ability to achieve a 5.1-second zero-to-62-mph time and has a top speed of 167-mph. It’s a much sleeker look than their luxury K900, but still has the signature tiger-nose grille that the brand features on its cars. Inside, you’ll find an 8-inch touchscreen and a TFT information screen amongst the sport interior and sleek dash.
For all these extras, including horsepower, owners will still enjoy the seating for 5 that the Kia Stinger offers. “Unlike any Kia that has come before it, the Stinger really is a dream car for us, and here today in Detroit, that dream is now a reality after years of commitment and hard work from a passionate group of designers, engineers and executives around the world,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, Kia Motors America. “From its GT concept-car origins to the years of tuning and refining on the legendary Nurburgring circuit, no detail was too small to be obsessed over, and the result is simply stunning.”
Why Steel Matters
The Stinger rides on a chassis that is comprised of 55 percent advanced high-strength steel; for riders, this means an ultra-stiff foundation for impressive ride and handling. This rigidity also contributes to reduced NVH (nosie, vibration, harshness) and a quiet cabin. Imagine a sport car feel with family room. This is why the 2018 Kia Stinger will be a game changer for Kia and for car owners.