How the Kia GT4 Stinger Challenges Sports Cars Everywhere

Kia GT4 Stinger at Union County Kia Charlotte, NC

Is it a Toyota GT-86? Is it a Subaru BRZ? Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

No, it’s the Kia GT4 Stinger.

This innovative Kia concept car, revealed back in 2014, immediately set the world abuzz with excitement. A sports coupe from Kia? People couldn’t wait for more.

The GT4 Stinger’s specs were said to rival the Mazda MX-5 and Toyota GT-86 thanks to its 2.0L turbocharged engine, lightweight build, and low projected price tag.

Kia designers took an interesting approach — perhaps even innovative in today’s market — when they designed the GT4 Stinger to embody the basics of sports cars. They added a red LED-illuminated instrument panel and racecar-inspired red pull straps in place of door handles. Kia even went so far as to not include a stereo, claiming it would bring the focus back to the road.

Unfortunately for car enthusiasts everywhere, it seems like production of the GT4 Stinger has been put on indefinite pause. In a recent interview, Kia America’s head of product planning, Orth Hendrick, claims the market is just not strong enough to justify production of a sports coupe.

While the GT4 Stinger may be put on permanent hold, Kia still plans to head in a sportier design direction with planned production of the GT concept.

You can still experience innovation at Union County Kia in Charlotte.

While you lament over possibly never getting to experience the GT4 Stinger and wait impatiently for production of the GT, you can still experience the Kia’s superior design in the 2016 Kia K900 luxury sedan.

Similarly to both the GT4 Stinger and GT models, the K900 is rear-wheel drive. While it’s certainly no sports coupe, it brings the power with a 3.8L V6 engine that boasts 311 horsepower and 293 lb.-ft. of torque.

The K900 does feature all of the luxury elements expected in a grand touring vehicle, including (but not limited to):

  • Lexicon® Discrete Logic7® Surround Sound System
  • Parking Assist
  • Front & Rear Camera Display
  • Lane Departure Warning System

While the 2016 Kia K900 differs in many ways to the GT4 Stinger, there’s no denying the high-quality experience thanks to the perfect blend of luxury and performance.

Since 1974, Union County Kia has had deep auto family roots in Charlotte, North Carolina, and proudly serves customers in and around Indian Trail and Monroe too. Contact us with any questions or to schedule a test drive of any one of the vehicles in our new and used car inventory.

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