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Kia Stinger GT420 Is A Stunning One-Off Track Special

Too bad you can't have one.


What youíre looking at here is a very special Kia Stinger GT. It was used as a pre-production homologation car to carry out testing for Kiaís new flagship, was used as a cover car for various UK magazines, and appeared in Top Gear and The Grand Tour. It was also used as a dealer roadshow vehicle at Kia showroom unveil events, as well as final testing and tuning in the UK.

Now that the Stinger has launched, the pre-production model was due to be sent to the junkyard last year. But Kia decided to give it the send-off it deserved and used it as the base to create a one-off track special. Meet the Kia Stinger GT420, which was created with the help, advice and engineering expertise from the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center in Russelsheim, Germany.











In stock form, the Kia Stinger GTís 3.3-liter, twin-turbo V6 engine produces 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque, but the one-off GT420 has been cranked up to 422 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. To achieve this, Kia fitted HKS M45il spark plugs for enhanced combustion, a K&N sports air filter, and a lightweight Milltek Sport quad-exit exhaust system. A six-row automatic transmission cooler was also fitted to prevent the automatic transmission from overheating during track driving and the software was recalibrated for quicker shifts in Sport and Sport+ modes.
To reduce weight, the Stinger GT420ís interior was stripped out. The seats and belts, airbags, sound system, interior trim, and rear window regulators were removed, along with the engine cover, undercovers, parking sensors, boot and bonnet dampers and rear bumper beam and foam. The rear windows were also glued into place and lightweight door cards installed. The Stingerís sunroof was removed and replaced by a steel panel. After the installation of the roll cage, racing seats, belts and fire extinguisher, the Stinger GT420 is around 330 pounds lighter than the standard car.





Wider OZ Racing Leggera rims were also fitted saving around 11 pounds per wheel, which were wrapped in Pirelli Trofeo R tires. The camber angle was increased to -2.5 degrees by modifying the front cross-member, and uprated front brakes featuring Brembo six-pot calipers and racing steel flex pipes were fitted, along with high-performance discs and Endless pads. Standard Stinger V6 brakes were utilized at the back. Cooling ducts and deflectors provide additional cooling for the brakes, and the anti-lock brakes, traction control, and electronic stability control were tweaked to deliver optimum performance on the track. Kia says the Stinger GT420 becomes easy to drift in Sport+ mode with the traction control and electronic stability control switched off.
To give the one-off Stinger a sportier appearance, a new front splitter and rear diffuser have been added, along with a rear spoiler. It also features an eye-catching wrap with white and graphite grey elements that blend with the HiChroma Red paintwork. The result looks like a touring car racer. Sadly, the Kia GT420 isnít for sale as itís a one-off project, but the standard Kia Stinger GT starts at $39,300.











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Testing the KIA Stinger GTS at the California Proving Grounds | Fifth Gear

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For everyone questioning it. D-AWD is real on the limited edition Stinger GTS. Here is the manual from the vehicle explaining it.












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Kia Won't Tell Buyers About These Secret Stinger Deals

The Kia Stinger and Stinger GT are absolutely wonderful performance fastback sedans. Needless to say, Kia impressed the industry with its RWD or AWD BMW and Audi fighters despite massively expanding crossover demand. Not everyone has been converted to the crossover craze and Kia heard those voices loud and clear.


And now thereís more good news: according to CarsDirect, the South Korean automaker is giving its US dealership a cash incentive to sell more Stingers now through September 3. However, because itís an incentive and not a rebate, itís totally possible for dealers to pocket the dough themselves instead of passing them on to fine people like you. Hereís what you need to know to get the best deal possible. Kia dealers have been authorized to utilize $3,000 off the 2019 Stinger twin-turbo 365 horsepower V6 and $2,000 off the 255 hp turbo-four beyond whatís being advertised on national TV.





An existing offer still remains in place for existing Kia owners and those coming from a competitor that sees an additional $2,000 off the V6 and $1,000 off the turbo. Do the math and thatís up to $5,000 in possible savings for the V6 and $3,000 for the turbo. Not bad, and it gets better for that certain group of well-qualified buyers. They might be eligible for 0 percent financing for 75 months, but thereís a catch. The dealer cash canít be combined with special financing or interest rates. So, in other words, this group of buyers will have to decide between the potential $5,000 in savings or the financing with up to $2,000 cash. Which is the better deal?







For a vehicle that costs $40k, going with the financing option comes to $38,000 with $507 per month before taxes and other associated fees. Opting for the $5,000 and a loan at 6 percent, the total amounts to $42,058 at $561 per month. With a little over $4,000 advantage for the financing option, thatís clearly the way to go. Or is it?
Probably yes, but be aware that some dealers might factor-in the cash and bonus solely to be able to advertise the cheapest price possible. Some dealers likely wonít disclose the actual savings breakdown in order to see which incentives are included or not. In other words, shop around and compare offers.




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2020 Kia Stinger GTS: FULL REVIEW | This Tiger is FEROCIOUS and Ready to POUNCE!

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Kia Stinger GT420: getting to grips with Kia's skunkworks track car - pictures



We head to Silverstone to test out the one-off Kia Stinger GT420, Kia's skunkworks track focused race car

A few years ago, Auto Express drove an early prototype of a Kia designed to take on BMW and Audi at its own game in the sports saloon market: the Stinger GT S. According to Kiaís head of research and development, Albert Biermann (poached from BMW, incidentally), it was a car ďthat needed to surprise peopleĒ Ė and it did just that. It showed Kias could be fun.
Fast forward a few years, and the car that helped change perceptions of the Korean brand has received another injection of life. The Kia Stinger GT420 is a one-off track car created by Kia UK with help from sister company Hyundai and its European Technical Centre in Germany.


The story starts with that early prototype Ė the car that covered more than 10,000 development miles, with Biermann signing off the final calibration here in the UK on this very vehicle. Regulations state that pre-production cars have to be crushed when theyíre finished with, but Kia claims itís bent those rules, ďan unfortunate and mysterious delay in creating the required paperworkĒ the reason for the GT420ís existence.


Itís a project thatís proved the passion for performance vehicles within Kia, and once the firm had sidestepped the regs, the skunkworks-style development team Ė led by Tyrone Johnson, previously of fast Ford fame Ė set to work on modifying the standard Stinger.


In the transformation to GT420, thereís been plenty of changes. The 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 engineís output was increased from 365bhp and 510Nm to 422bhp and 560Nm. That extra 57bhp and 50Nm of torque was liberated by two new K&N air filters, a lightweight Milltek Sport exhaust system with no cats, and a full remap, along with new HKS spark plugs for improved combustion. The team also fitted a bigger oil cooler for the carís six-speed automatic transmission, which was recalibrated to give faster shifts in Sport and Sport+ modes.


The interior was stripped of pretty much all its trim Ė only the upper dashboard remains Ė with the electronic controls for the driver modes and the gearlever grafted onto the Stingerís bare skeleton. Even though a big roll cage was bolted in for safety, the GT420 is still 150kg lighter than the standard car, with a clever and super-small battery helping save a whopping 22kg of that total.


The weight reductions were helped by the 19-inch OZ Racing wheels, which save 5kg per corner, and are wrapped in sticky Pirelli Trofeo R tyres. They cover big six-pot Brembo brakes at the front.


Kiaís team junked the electronically adjustable suspension in favour of a passive set-up Ė partly due to the limited timeframe they had to complete the car, and partly due to the limited budget Ė opting for passive Mando dampers tuned to suit the carís set-up, and paired with Eibach lowering springs.


A bigger 25mm front anti-roll bar was added, while a 17mm anti-roll bar from a diesel Stinger was fitted at the rear to reduce the oversteer, because the car was very lairy in the development stages, according to the team. With more time for tweaking, itís not as unhinged, with a balance that pushes into understeer in the quick corners around the International Circuit at Silverstone, where we drove the GT420. Thatís no bad thing, since it gives you confidence to push a bit quicker, with the Stingerís long wheelbase and extra grip from the Trofeo Rs giving plenty of stability.


Itís reassuring on the brakes, with the hard stop from 140mph-plus at the end of Hangar Straight into Stowe, and into the slow hairpin at Village. In fact, with the reprogrammed ESC fully switched off, you can still coax the rear axle round in slow corners to neutralise any understeer and tighten the carís line, steering it with the throttle.


The engine is strong at the bottom end and has a punchy mid-range. A back-to-back comparison with the Stinger GT S proves as much, but despite the raucous soundtrack from that very lightly silenced exhaust, it still isnít the most free-revving motor. Thereís also a bit of turbo lag to push through, and trying to modulate the throttle in a corner to trim your line isnít the easiest because of the current calibration. However, weíre sure this is down to time and the finessing of the set-up. Likewise, the transmission is still not the sharpest; itís sometimes hesitant on shifts, but given the base Kia had to work with, thereís potential here.
Thatís a bonus, because due to the modifications that have given the Stinger more grip, the Kiaís steering is now the weak link. It feels vague and slow.


Despite the weight saving, the car also still feels its now 1,705kg kerbweight, but then itís not been designed solely with the intention of lapping a track as quickly as possible. Itís also a showcase for the passion and know-how inside Kia when it comes to performance cars. The result is a car that features the same characteristics at its core as the Stinger GT S, only with that carís level of ability ramped up by a good few notches in every area. One of those characteristics is fun, and the GT420 shows that.


The timescale has been short and the budget minimal; and given more resources in both departments, the team that developed the GT420 would have kept the adaptive dampers and fine-tuned them for greater control. It would be a case of refining and finessing whatís already there Ė almost as if this project could, theoretically, inform Kiaís performance cars of the not-too-distant future.


Despite much talk, thereís no concrete word on whether any of this will indeed help the development of Kiaís future hotter road cars. But with a Stinger facelift arriving in the next few years and the platform allowing plenty more to be unlocked, as the GT420 proves, never say never. Itís clear that the passion for these projects is alive and well inside Kia.
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Kia Stinger Facelift, First Details




The Kia Stinger has shown to the world that they can make sport luxury sedan and has brought new clients to the brand but its been 2 years since the Stinger came out, can they keep the momentum?

An article from AutoPostKorea is talking about some new changes to the Kia Stinger Facelift will be adding.
Kia has launched the 2020 Stinger back in May and this will be its third year since the Stinger came out for production so that means its soon to receive a facelift. Reports says we should expect the facelift around July next year.
On July Kia posted their sales for the month of July and the Stinger its slowly decreasing its sales compare to last year 1,506, 2019 sales went down to 1,092. Year to date sales for 2019 we have 8, 013 but 2018 sales were as high as 10,114.

What can we expect for the facelift?
Now we know, as far as performance wise, based from the Hyundai Sonata and soon Kia Optima the new Drive Wise has been applied to the 2.0 Turbo gasoline and 2.2 Diesel engines. So we can expect this to be applied in some form at the facelift Stinger.
with the 3.3 Twin-turbo, itíll come with new features such as headlight adjustment with the turn of the steering wheel and a new driverís bolster control system with the switch to Sport Mode (something seen at the Genesis G70).
Now with the interior itís said the DarkRedPak interior, which was only available for the 3.3 Turbo Gasoline GT model, could be also available for the 2.0 Turbo Gasoline and 2.2 Diesel Platinum models.
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