The new Kia Stinger has been confirmed for Australia and the sleek rear-wheel drive GT fastback sports sedan is expected to make it into Australian showrooms by the end of the third quarter this year.
“This is a car you cannot help but be excited by,” said Damien Meredith, Kia Motors Australia Chief Operating Officer. “It has all the attributes to appeal to the Australian enthusiast – exciting design, a high-tech performance engine and gearbox combination, and rear-wheel drive.
“The Stinger is the right car to take Kia, and the brand’s perception, to the next level in Australia. It is the type of car to add desire and excitement to Kia’s core values of style, reliability and value.”
The Stinger will arrive in Australia with the 3.3-litre V6 twin turbo driving the rear wheels through an eight-speed transmission.
While final specifications are still to be settled, the Stinger is expected to produce 272kW of power at 6000rpm and 510Nm of torque from 1300rpm through to 4500rpm. There is an expected 0-100km/h sprint of 5.1 seconds.
“Those are the sort of performance figures which will give the Stinger credibility in any company and add an emotional element to the already compelling practical reasons – 7-year warranty, 7-year capped price service and 7-year roadside assist – for considering a Kia,” said Mr Meredith.
To further define the car for Australia, the suspension and tuning will be refined to ensure Australian buyers are presented with a local tuning package which best suits the nation’s roads.