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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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2020 Kia Stinger GT 0-100km/h & engine sound

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

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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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Kia undecided on next-generation Stinger

Sales of sedans are falling globally and Kia is yet to decide if there will be a successor to its turbocharged performance flagship. It may even switch to electric power.


The Kia Stinger performance sedan has won numerous awards but it hasnít won as many hearts as the South Korean carmaker was hoping Ė and now the company is deciding if it will build a successor. If a second generation Kia Stinger goes ahead, it could become an electric car.
The global slump in sedan sales has hit the Kia Stinger head on, particularly in North America where it was expected to shine.


Kia Stinger sales in Australia are also running at about half the rate forecast and demand is down compared to this time last year, although it is the second-biggest seller in the large-car class behind the Holden Commodore and ahead of the Mercedes E-Class, BMW 5 Series and Skoda Superb.
One of the creators of the Kia Stinger concept, Gregory Guillaume, vice president, senior chief designer of Kiaís styling studio in Germany, told Australian media in Frankfurt: ďAt the moment Iím not sure itís doing as good as we hoped.Ē



ďWe never really expected to do massive volumes,Ē said Mr Guillaume. ďIt was a halo car. We did want to be successful at least in America, the market where we thought there is a chance that it works. We had very high expectations for that market and itís very difficult to start in such segments.Ē


Mr Guillaume said he hopes Kia gives the Stinger sedan a second chance because it takes time to get established when a brand is new to a segment.
ďThe beginning of my career was at Audi,Ē said Mr Guillaume. ďI remember... it took three generations of the A8 (limousine) to be seen on eye level to a (BMW) 7 Series or (Mercedes) S-Class. You have to persevere. If youíre entering these segments (whether) itís premium or image vehicles, you have to give yourself a bit of time.
"The company will have to be ready to understand that. I think we should continue (even though) the sedan market is getting more and more difficult worldwide.Ē



Mr Guillaume feels protective of the Stinger because he and his European team helped bring the car to life. ďStinger is a European design,Ē he says. ďFrom beginning to end the concept was from us, the idea of making such a car was from us, and we followed it all the way through. Itís really our baby and the one weíre most proud of.Ē
Mr Guillaume said some customers were still coming to terms with paying a premium price for a Kia sedan. In Germany the Stinger starts from Ä44,490, or $71,700 Australian. In Australia the Stinger costs from $50,490 drive-away.



ďIf there is some issues itís not because of how the car looks... itís more the positioning of where it is for a Kia,Ē said Mr Guillaume.


When asked if there was room for improvement in the way the Kia Stinger drives, especially when compared to its twin under the skin, the Genesis G70 (pictured below) Mr Guillaume said: ďThe Stinger is trying to be a Grand Turismo. The Genesis is trying to be a (BMW) 3 Series fighter.Ē



ďWe knew from the start (the Stinger) canít be... as tight as a 3 Series or as the Genesis will be,Ē said Mr Guillaume. ďWhen you have several brands in your portfolio, itís silly to put them side by side. We aim at different targets.Ē
When asked when a decision on the next generation Stinger will be made, Mr Guillaume said: ďWe have to see if Stinger continues Ė first of all if it will be continuing, which I really hope so Ė and if we think this is the format to continue in the future.Ē


The chief designer then hinted the next Stinger could even be an electric-only proposition, although that too was yet to be confirmed.


ďAs you know thereís a lot going on with electrification, so it could be that Stinger becomes something else. I donít know. Weíre not there yet. Weíve got a bit of time,Ē said Mr Guillaume.
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2018 Kia Stinger GT long-term wrap-up | Putting the grand in grand tourer

It stings to see it go




One of our latest long-term tester departures is our 2018 Kia Stinger GT, and it's one we're sad to see leave. Our really red example was optioned ideally for this group of enthusiasts in southeast Michigan with the twin-turbo 365-horsepower V6, a few extra comfort features with the GT1 package such as a sunroof and heated steering wheel, and of course, all-wheel drive.


And after over 18,000 miles of driving the Stinger, we were thoroughly impressed. The engine felt impressively powerful, delivering a big ol' shove to the back with every stab of the throttle. The handling was confident and quick. While it wasn't our exact long-term car, one of our editors took a Stinger to the track and had a good time with it. The styling never grew old, looking just as low, lean and aggressive as when it first arrived. And it was even comfortable and practical, just look at all the stuff we could stuff in it! Looking at everyone's final thoughts, the Stinger made a near-perfect daily driver.


There were a few snags during our custody, though. A few creaks and rattles appeared, including an issue with a door hinge that had to be fixed by the dealer. We also ended up with a warped brake rotor that needed changing.



Something that couldn't be fixed was the Stinger's thirst. We averaged between 19 and 23 mpg in mixed driving plus the occasional long highway slog. That's actually slightly better than the EPA's combined estimate of 20 mpg, but it's still not stellar. The four-cylinder is the way to go if you'll be racking up a lot of miles.


Gripes aside, the Stinger GT was a welcome part of the Autoblog fleet. See what we all had to say about it in more detail below.









Editor-in-Chief, Greg Migliore: I really enjoyed our long-term Stinger. It had guts. It had plenty of power. It was fun to drive. It had emotion in a way only a few non-luxury sedans have. Frankly, it's this and the Dodge Charger as far as large sedans go for enthusiasts. I loved how the Stinger sounded; guttural and deep. It looked the part, too, though some of the accents weren't to my taste. The steering was excellent, the right balance of precision and pliability. It offered confidence to push the car in corners and the necessary feedback to do so with skill. I really liked the Stinger. It offered a great value, though the interior did start to show some aging after a year in our fleet. Otherwise, it was basically a riot, not to mention a milestone for Kia and its entry into this image-building segment.



Senior Editor, Green, John Snyder: I really enjoyed driving the Stinger. It was a comfortable car for throwing a few bags in and taking off for a weekend. It was happy to calmly but aggressively unleash the full potential of its twin-turbo V6 when a passing lane opened up, then lock back into a comfortably swift pace as the country highway unfurled before it. I guess that ďGTĒ in our testerís name really is apt.


I loved the way this thing felt when hauling down speed ó that is, except for that week or two when a rotor had some sort of imperfection in it that made it thumpity-thump to a stop. That was fixed after a trip to the dealer. Otherwise, my favorite thing to do, was the old brake-and-corner exercise. So simple, yet so satisfying. The feeling of the brake pedal was smooth and forgiving, and easy to modulate. Then, Iíd let up as I dialed in a little steering angle. The body would roll a bit to give a tactile sense of balance without getting unstable. It felt fantastic getting back on the power as the steering started to straighten back out. Itís not quite as slick and sharp as the shark-like and mechanically related Genesis G70, but not so doughy as, say, a Dodge Charger.


Lastly, I was surprised by the amount of attention this car garnered in parking lots. People would comment on its looks all the time, saying it looked badass, asking how fast it was, and almost always tacking on a ďThatís a Kia?!Ē when the reveal came. There are still people out there who think of Kia as a discount brand lacking substance and excitement. The Stinger should help change that.


Associate Editor, Joel Stocksdale: I was unprepared for how much I was going to miss this car. I miss its huge power. I miss its aggressive design. I miss its easy-to-use infotainment system. I miss its quick, eager handling. This was a car I could always look forward to bringing home, and always made for a fun escape during weeks we were stuck with drab crossovers. The fuel economy is a bummer, but I did discover that with careful driving on the highway, high-20-mpg numbers are possible. It is hard to be easy on the throttle pedal, though. All-in-all, the Stinger is a fabulous daily, and I don't know when we'll have a long-termer that gets under my skin like this one did.




Assistant Editor, Zac Palmer: My opinion on the Stinger GT hardly budged throughout our time with the slick four-door sportback. Itís easy to pick nits on a car that youíve practically lived in for a number of months, but I came away from the experience knowing that itís a car Iím going to be recommending to folks for a long while.


Even though itís the high-performance Stinger, Kia didnít tune the suspension for a Nurburgring lap time. Instead, the chassis is friendly enough to soak up Michigan-sized potholes. Not every performance car needs to be a track car, and Kia appears to have understood that perfectly with the Stinger's suspension tuning.



Ultimately, the Stinger GT is a car Iíd be happy to drive to work every day, so long as gas prices stay cheap. It has the right combination of elements for a daily driver, and itís even versatile enough to be someoneís only car. Getting on the highway is always an event, and any curve I met was followed by a smile on my face. Itís no Civic Type R in the handling department, but youíll keep up just fine with your friends on a back road.


If there was one thing Iíd change about our particular tester, I wouldíve opted for rear-wheel drive instead of all-wheel drive. The tail will misbehave ever so slightly given the right conditions, but a true rear-wheel-drive Stinger sounds like it would ramp up the fun by a considerable amount. Only get all-wheel drive if you absolutely need it. The Nokian winter tires we mounted to ours transformed it into an unstoppable force in winter, but I imagine the same tires on a rear-wheel drive Stinger will be entirely serviceable, so long as you donít live in a place like Buffalo or the Yukon.


Video Production Manager, Eddie Sabatini: As time with our longterm Stinger passed so did my enthusiasm for it. I was excited to drive it at first but the quality didn't seem to hold up for me. The major touchpoints (infotainment buttons and shifter specifically) started to feel cheaper and the ride quality seemed to degrade. Perhaps that's more to do with how we drove the thing rather than Kia's dependability but my impressions changed and that can't be ignored.
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2020 Kia Stinger GT-Line Coming With Sporty Looks For $34,085

This will be the only version available with a four-cylinder engine.

It appears Kia will be making some significant changes at the bottom of the Stingerís lineup for the 2020 model year, according to an early order guide obtained by our friends at Cars Direct. Long story short, the 2.0L and Premium trims are out and GT-Line is in as the sole member of the family to come with the four-cylinder engine.





The Stinger GT-Line has been available in other parts of the world for quite a while, but itís only now Kia is getting ready to introduce the sporty-looking version on the U.S.-spec car. As the images of the global version are showing, the GT-Line will borrow some of the aggressive cues of the V6-powered Stinger GT in the same vein as the Ceed GT-Line sold in Europe grabbed styling cues from the Ceed GT hot hatch. Kia sells a plethora of GT-Line models globally, ranging from the tiny Picanto city car to the Sorento midsize SUV.


Cars Direct reveals Kia America will set a starting price of $34,085 (including destination) for the Stinger GT-Line or only $100 more than the outgoing base model. That seems like a pretty good deal considering the sporty goodies youíll get, including 18-inch wheels, black chrome trim, GT-inspired bumpers and front grille, along with body-colored door handles. There will also be some changes inside where youíll find a black headliner, GT-Line logo on the front headrests, and a sporty steering wheel wrapped in leather.


Moving higher up the range, the 2020 Stinger GT with its beefier six-cylinder engine will set you back $40,495 or a considerable $6,410 more than the new GT-Line. Regardless if you go for the base engine or the twin-turbo V6, all-wheel drive will once again be an extra $2,200. Power remains unchanged, at 255 hp for the four-pot and a healthy 365 hp for the larger mill, with an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters being the only way to go through gears.
An official reveal is likely not far away, but the Stingerís future looks uncertain because sales are not meeting Kiaís expectations.
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Kia Stinger Facelift Caught for the First Time












While we read that the fate of Kia Stinger were still not decided, not just for a second generation, the facelift were also under discussion, we have what seems to be the first confirmation that Stinger will have a facelift, as we have caught the picture in South Korea.

What we know so far?
An article from AutoPostKorea is talking about some new changes to the Kia Stinger Facelift will be adding. Kia has launched the 2020 Stinger recently, including new trims like the GT-Line, that for only $100 extra comes more loaded than the exiting Base trim, 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 December Kia posted their sales for the month of November and the Stinger its slowly decreasing its sales compare to last year 1,173, 2019 sales went down to 1,0057. Year to date sales for 2019 we have 12,827 but 2018 sales were as high as 15,517.
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).
What can we expect for the facelift?


Now with the interior itís said the Dark Red Pack 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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Driven: 2020 Kia Stinger 2.0L GT-Line Surprises As A Superb All-Rounder











Itís easy to get caught up in the idea that itís only worth buying the top-spec variants of specific models. Indeed, Iíve found myself thinking just that many times in the past. After all, how could you live with the idea of knowing there is a faster and more powerful version of your new ride out there that you could have owned if only youíd stretched your budget a little? However, after recently spending a week with the 2020 Kia Stinger GT-Line 2.0L T-GDI Petrol Automatic, itís easy to understand the appeal of entry- and mid-range models.

A Stinger for every buyer
Kia Australiaís Stinger family consists of no less than five models. The entry-level Stinger 200S 2.0L T-GDI and GT-Line 2.0L T-GDI are the only two that feature the base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Sitting above this pair are the Stinger 330S 3.3L T-GDI, GT 3.3L T-GDI, and the GT 3.3L T-GDI Carbon Edition, all of which feature the a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6.
On paper, the 2.0-liter engine reads reasonably well, although none of the headline figures jump out at you. Peak power sits at 244 HP at 6,200 rpm while torque tops out at 353 Nm (260 lb-ft) between 1,400 rpm and 4,000 rpm. By comparison, the 3.3-liter V6 pumps out 365 HP and 510 Nm (376 lb-ft) of torque. Look at the spec sheet alone and you could be left scratching your head as to why anyone would choose the 2.0-liter. Dig a little deeper and you will find out why.

For starters, there is the price. Those looking to pick up the Stinger GT-Line can do so from AU$56,290 (US$38,367) plus on-road costs, a generous AU$4,500 (US$3,067) less than the 3.3-liter V6 GT. Our test car had a drive away price of AU$60,185 (US$41,022) including the AU$695 (US$473) premium paint.
The second reason to consider the 2.0-liter reveals itself when you starting driving the thing.
Figures are all well and good on paper, but in the real world, theyíre generally not as important as people think. Having a powerful engine like the 3.3-liter is fun, no doubt about it, but for everyday driving, there is only so much power you can actually use or need Ė and the Stinger GT-Line hits that sweet spot.
Performance anyone can handle
Kia quotes a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time of 6.0 seconds, and the car feels every bit as brisk as that. For maximum straight-line performance, drivers can switch the car into Sport mode, disabled the traction and stability control systems, hold down the brake pedal and pin the throttle to enable launch control. Without too much power to worry about, the eight-speed torque converter transmission propels the car forward through the rear-wheel drive system without a hint of wheel spin. Acceleration is linear and more than enough to surprise unsuspecting passengers.

During normal driving, the engine and transmission combo are more than up for the task. The respectable 353 Nm of torque makes overtaking a breeze and the Ďbox shifts through the gears with little fuss. Stab the throttle with the transmission in auto mode, however, and it can be a little slow to respond. This can be easily prevented by using the paddle shifters. Unfortunately, thereís no dedicated manual mode, meaning the transmission will kick back into action and shift for you when it deems necessary.
All of what you need, none of what you donít
Characterful isnít a word that jumps to mind with the engine. Sure it has decent power, but thereís very little emotion to it. Kia seems to be aware of this and has fitted the car with a noise generator that pumps engine sounds through the speakers. There are three different levels of artificially generated engine sounds available, though none of them sounds good and the system is best when switched off, allowing drivers to enjoy the serenity of the powertrain.

One particularly obvious advantage of the 2.0-liter is fuel economy. Kia quotes an average consumption of 8.8 liters per 100 km (26.7 mpg). On a number of highway jaunts, we were able to slip into the 7.0 l/100 km (33.6 mpg) range, but if you drive the Stinger 2.0L more aggressively in urban environments, fuel consumption near 15.0 l/100 km (15.7 mpg) isnít out the question.
Comfort to (almost) rival the Germans
Beyond the powertrain package, the 2020 Stinger GT-Line is much the same as higher-spec models. The cabin of our test car was clad in beautiful red leather and came complete with an 8.0-inch infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, an excellent 15-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, satellite navigation, a heated steering wheel, wireless phone charging and a large sunroof.
The front seats are particularly impressive. Both are powered and the driverís includes memory settings and adjustments for the side bolsters. Drivers can tweak how much or how little the side bolsters hug your rib cage or switch the car in Sport mode and have them fully inflate to keep you in place. Heated and cooling functions are also a nice addition.

Safety and driver assistance systems are found in abundance. The Stinger GT-Line is equipped with seven airbags, a superb 360-degree camera system, rear-view camera, front and rear park sensors, lane-keep assist, radar cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, and a bonnet that pops up to protect pedestrians.
One aspect of the cabin weíre not so fond of is the lack of boot space. Due to the sloping roofline and overall design of the rear, luggage space sits at just 406 liters (14.3 cubic feet) and it is surprising how shallow the boot is. For a car of this size, it would be nice to have a little more space when the rear seats are up. Thankfully, they can be folded down, in which case luggage space swells to 1,114 liters (39.3 cubic-feet).

Kia has given the Stinger GT-Line a bespoke suspension tune and it rides very well, particularly when driven in the Comfort and Eco modes. Switch into Sport mode and the suspension stiffens up significantly but certainly isnít too harsh to use on a daily basis. Throughout my week with the car, I generally drove it in Custom mode with the engine and transmission in Sport while the suspension and steering were set to Comfort. Hustled through corners, this combination helps the driver feel very connected to what is going on beneath them and itís easy to correct the your trajectory at speed via the brakes, throttle or steering.

Superb value for money
The 2020 Kia Stinger GT-Line sells in Australia with a capped price servicing plan. For the first year or 10,000 km, a service costs AU$298. Prices for the subsequent six years or 60,000 km sit at $484, $369, $670, $335, $618, and $754 respectively.
Thereís no doubt that local Stinger models powered by the flagship 3.3-liter V6 engine have some added appeal to them. However, the Stinger GT-Line 2.0L T-GDI performs well enough in all areas that, even if you were to pull up alongside a 3.3L model at the traffic lights, you wouldnít feel as though youíd made the wrong decision.
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A little project we have been working on here at Powertune!

This 2020 Kia Stinger GT now has a MoTeC M142 ecu in control of the 3.3L Direct Injected, Twin Turbo 6 Cylinder, and we will be soon be offering these as a complete plug and play solution for those that want the flexibility of a fully tunable ecu.

That includes, radar cruise control, traction control, auto gearbox control, LIN alternator control - EVERYTHING.
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Kia Stinger Facelift Spied In & Out




After we confirmed that the Kia Stinger facelift changes wonít be radical, thanks to the interview with Kia Motors Europe COO Emilio Herrera, today we have the first interior spy pictures where we can see a new & larger infotainment system, different than the used on the current Stinger.

What we know so far?
An article from AutoPostKorea is talking about some new changes to the Kia Stinger Facelift will be adding. Kia has launched the 2020 Stinger recently, including new trims like the GT-Line, that for only $100 extra comes more loaded than the exiting Base trim, 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 December Kia posted their sales for the month of November and the Stinger its slowly decreasing its sales compare to last year 1,173, 2019 sales went down to 1,0057. Year to date sales for 2019 we have 12,827 but 2018 sales were as high as 15,517.
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).
What can we expect for the facelift?
Now with the interior itís said the Dark Red Pack 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.
Stay tuned for more details or spyshots.
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Here's What Happening With The 2021 Kia Stinger




How radical will the updates be?
The Kia Stinger performance sedan first went on sale as a 2018 model and given today's rapid vehicle update cycle, a facelift will be happening soon. However, the Stinger is not a high volume model for the automaker. It's more of an image model, built to prove Kia's performance and handling capabilities. Still, its design dates back prior to 2018 and some updates are definitely needed. Question is, how far will Kia go with them?
The Korean Car Blog recently spoke with Emilio Herrera, COO of Kia Motors Europe about this topic and we now have a clearer picture of what to expect. "Kia Stinger, just like all of our models, will go through some product enhancement in due course. However, those will not be radical changes, because the design of the Stinger has been successful," Herrera said. "The Stinger is a great car. More than anything else, the Stinger has been a brand promoter."


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What could some of those not so radical updates be? TKCB has reason to believe there will be a new and larger infotainment system while the V6 model is set to receive a headlight adjustment feature with the turn of the steering wheel as well as a new driver's bolster control system with the switch to Sport Mode, similar to what's found on the Genesis G70.
Both base 2.0 Turbo and V6 models could also get the Kia Drive Wise intelligent safety system that assists drivers with autonomous driving and other assistive technologies. But again, none of this has been confirmed. Expect the facelifted 2021 Stinger to be revealed by next July.





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In the meantime, the 2020 Kia Stinger has undergone some minor packaging changes, specifically the elimination of the 2.0T Base and Premium trims.
Both are replaced by a new trim called GT-Line. The twin-turbo V6 model remains mostly unchanged. Will power outputs be increased for 2021? Herrera made no mention of this, so don't expect anything too drastic. In general, the 2021 Stinger's updates will likely be relatively minor both inside and out.


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