At the 2017 Seoul Motor Show in South Korea, Kia has pulled the wraps off their rather pretty Stinger, marking the first time the sports sedan has be shown to the Asian public after being developed predominantly in Europe.
On the show floor, Kia displayed the full production car in top-spec GT guise, meaning a 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged V6 under its bonnet. Alongside, there was the GT Concept car that formed the genesis for this all-new model when it was shown for the first time at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.
When it does reach showrooms in Kia’s domestic market, the Stinger will be available with three engines, a range that kicks off with a 2.2-litre turbodiesel inline-four similar to the ones found in the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe, producing 147kW and 440Nm.
The petrol engines, however, start with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that outputs 188kW and 353Nm and the most powerful aforementioned 3.3-litre unit that, with 276kW and 510Nm, can accelerate it to 100km/h in just 4.9 seconds, making it the quickest production Kia to ever perform the century sprint.
The Stinger will also be available with a choice between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive and equipped with a newly developed adaptive suspension system as standard, configured based on which mode the driver selects.
Kia is also fitting the car with their suite of active safety features that they have dubbed DRiVE WISE, a moniker to describe adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, and other pre-collision systems.
The example showed off in Seoul also wore some new exterior flourishes that we have yet to see from the worldwide debut. It receives a new rich yellow paint finish, a new front grille, air intakes, and bonnet louvres finished in carbon fibre. We’re not sure if this is specific to the Korean-market cars or will be part of an exterior package available more widely.