It all started with a concept– and, for once, that concept became a production car (a pretty badass one, at that).
It looks part Altima, part Chevy SS, part Audi A7, and it’s pretty hard to believe it’s actually a Kia. Any way you look at it, it’s always fun to see something bold and exciting from a somewhat boring brand. Of course, the production version isn’t quite as crazy as the concept, but it does push a bit more power.
According to Wheels, the twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 will crank out an impressive 365-horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. Paired with the seriously well performing chassis, the classic front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout has car enthusiasts stoked. Let’s not talk about the transmission options, though (or lack thereof).
Like many high-end competitors, the car will come with an electronically-adjustable suspension system and a handful of different driving modes. According to Kia, it also will launch from 0 to 60 in just 4.9-seconds, making it the fastest-accelerating and most powerful car the brand has ever produced.
Much like the Audi A7, the Stinger GT has a sleek, low, and wide stance to it. All the fancy (and some odd) details in the design are tasteful, but really seem to bring the whole car together.
The Kia design team has created it with the goal of achieving the ultimate sporty lift-back, with a lot of focus on perfecting the driver’s seating position– Supposedly, in its lowest setting, the driver sits only a mere 7-inches above the road beneath.
Currently, the Stinger GT is in its final stages of development and testing.
“You cannot believe how excited I am about this car,” says Peter Schreyer, Kia’s Chief Design Officer. “The new Kia Stinger is going to fundamentally change the global image of Kia. I have no doubt it will revolutionize the way people think about us. It’s going to propel us upwards into a different era.”
It’s the kind of car us driving enthusiasts yearn for and it’s coming in Q3 2017, later this year.