VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE AS TESTED: $50,100 (base price: $39,250)

ENGINE: twin-turbocharged and intercooled V-6, aluminum block and heads

DISPLACEMENT: 204 cu in, 3342 cc
POWER: 365 hp @ 6000 rpm
TORQUE: 376 lb-ft @ 1300 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

WHEELBASE: 114.4 in
LENGTH: 190.2 in
WIDTH: 73.6 in HEIGHT: 55.1 in
PASSENGER VOLUME: F: 53 cu ft R: 43 cu ft
CARGO VOLUME: F: 41 cu ft R: 23 cu ft
CURB WEIGHT: 4004 lb

Zero to 60 mph: 4.4 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 10.6 sec
Zero to 140 mph: 22.4 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 5.0 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 2.5 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 3.2 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 12.9 sec @ 111 mph
Top speed (gov ltd, mfr’s claim): 167 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 156 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.93 g

Observed: 17 mpg

Combined/city/hwy (C/D est): 21/18/27 mpg

The high-performance segment of the auto market has never been particularly abuzz in these climes, but Kia Motors Nigeria said it is set to change that with the impending introduction of the revolutionary Gran turismo which has been making waves across the world.

It is aptly christened the stinger!       Kia stinger GT set the world aflutter with its striking design, and after setting off ripples in many markets, Kia Motors Nigeria announced last week that the new paradigm of high performance cars, will be introduced into the local market early this year.

With its typical Gran turismo design, the all-new stinger strikes the perfect balance of power and refinement, featuring your choice of two turbocharged engines matched with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Kia stinger represents a number of firsts KIA Motors. Not only is it the brand’s first fast   back sports sedan, it is also its highest performance model to date. Countless decisions regarding to design and engineering were made during the car’s conception in order to generate the heart-pounding performance of the stinger GT.

With innovative refinement and rigorous fine-tuning, the sports sedan is shaping up to be an iconic model that usher in a new era of design and performance for the brand. The stinger is the first model of Kia’s line-up to offer five different driving modes namely; Personal, Eco, Sport, Comfort, and Smart- for more customized and responsive handling on the road.

With increased body sealing and improved sound insulation, Kia has also boosted NVH performance for a pleasant and silent ride.

To ensure smooth and stable driving performance, Kia has paid special attention to fine-tuning the suspension of the stinger. Employing high-quality suspension links, springs and shock absorbers, Kia has defined tire movement to prevent spinning from sudden turns- a problem that can occur with rear-wheel drive vehicles.

Everything from the engine room layout to the weight distribution of the car has been well arranged and optimized. The low centre of gravity and stiffness of the whole vehicle body keeps the stinger lightweight and well-equipped for maximized driving performance and fuel efficiency. The layout reduces flow resistance to the front of the engine cooling process.

‘From its GT concept-car origins to the years of tuning and refining on the legendary Nurburgring circuit, no detail was too small to be obsessed over’. – Orth Hedrick, VP of Product Planning, Kia Motors America.

Meticulously crafted for the driver who loves the drive, every interior detail of the Kia stinger is obsessed. From the available ultra-soft Nappa leather that enveloped the deeply contoured seats to the metallic accents placed thoughtfully throughout the cabin. Intimate yet expansive. Classic yet modern, the stinger’s aircraft inspired interior marries simplicity with substance to give you a sleek cockpit rich with comfort-focused amenities and lowered seating for enhanced connection to the road. It’s the evolution of Gran Turismo, beautifully realized.

With its striking curves and promising performance chops, the stinger has been adorned across the globe with reputable awards, one of such is the’s ‘Best5 in Show Award’ for the 2017 Detroit auto show.

Commenting on the coming of the all-new car, Kia Motors Nigeria Marketing front man, Olawale Jimoh, said his company is confident over the new kid in the block would excite the local market as it has done elsewhere.

‘Set to redefine its wclass in the luxury sedan segment, stinger plans to stun all and dictate the pace in the keenly contested segment. We are aware that GT lovers are already looking forward to the arrival of the Kia stinger in Nigeria in 2018’.

Edited by: olanrewaju victor


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