Kia GT4 Stinger concept has been revealed at the Detroit motor show. It is expected the car will go on sale by 2016, pitched as a Toyota GT86 rival.
concept “harks back to the days of affordable sports cars”, according
to the company. The rear-wheel-drive Stinger coupé uses a 315bhp
turbocharged version of Kia’s 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine,
driving a six-speed manual gearbox.
The 4.3m-long Stinger, which
was created at Kia’s California design studio, is based on a bespoke
platform, uses double wishbone suspension and gets transparent
A-pillars. As part of the car’s ‘rawness’, it does without carpets. The
firm says the Stinger provides a “possible glimpse into Kia’s future”.
Kearns, designer chief at Kia’s American design centre said: "Driving
enjoyment was the number one priority in designing the GT4 Stinger. It's
a 2+2 sports car that can turn heads as a daily driver while also being
right at home on the track.
“It's about purity, simplicity and
timelessness. The GT4 Stinger is a throwback to days when driving a car
was a visceral experience that wasn't muted by electronic gimmickry.”
Development of the GT4 Stinger was made possible by Kia’s success in the Pirelli World Challenge in a pair of Kia Optimas. Kearns said that its race wins provided “credibility” to the project.
car is powered by a 315bhp version of Kia’s 2.0-litre T-GDI petrol
engine, and is shared with the Optima racers. Power is sent to the rear
wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.
A-pillars are said to provide a 270-degree view from the driver’s seat
and the glasshouse provides a profile similar to that of the Kia Soul.
says that while there are no plans bring the concept to production, Kia
says it has a “history of delivering production vehicles that bear a
strong resemblance to the concept that preceded them, and the GT4
Stinger provides a possible and highly provocative glimpse into Kia's
Vice president of Kia in the US Tom Loveless said:
"Stinger is a tribute to a day when performance about a direct
link between driver and machine, not a list of electronic aids."
Thanks to: Autocar