What began as just a vision has now become something to actually feast your eyes on. Much of the buzz surrounding Kia’s 2018 lineup has centered around the Stinger, a luxury sedan that began as a Grand Touring concept car.
When the Stinger debuted at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, it took home awards for Best in Show from Cars.com as well as the EyesOnDesign award for Production Car Excellence. Given the features of this performance model, it’s easy to see why.
First, the specs. The 2018 Kia Stinger pours up to 365 horsepower and generates 376 lb.-ft. of torque from its available 3.3-liter twin turbo V6 engine. The transmission is an eight-speed with five distinct driving modes.
The team that designed the handling on the 2018 Kia Stinger was led by Albert Biermann, the same Albert Biermann who previously was BMW’s M Division VP. The Stinger also boasts a new Dynamic Stability Damping Control system that adapts the car’s suspension specs to your driving.
In the luxury market, a car only travels as far as its appearance. The rear-wheel drivetrain is accentuated by the rear-sloping silhouette that culminate in a quad oval exhaust pipe system.
The Kia Stinger has the comfort to match all that performance and style. Deeply contoured seating is surrounded by spoked vents, metal-ringed gauges and satin chrome trim.
As expected from a luxury-performance design, the Stinger will be loaded with technology. One such feature will be a Driver Alert System, which is a first for the Kia brand. Complementing that will be Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Advanced Smart Cruise Control and more.
The Kia Stinger represents a sizeable shift in the brand’s segment. From practical and affordable sedans to the luxurious and performance-driven Stinger, Kia continues to stretch the limits of what a manufacturer can be.
The 2018 Kia Stinger can be traced back to a concept car Kia unveiled in 2011 at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Seven years and half a globe later, you can talk to the knowledgeable staff at Union County Kia in Monroe, NC about this car and how you can make it yours.