Kia have just launched their brand new Stinger model from the North America International Auto Show.
We’re not 100% sure at whom they will be pitching this model, but based on the dimensions, we believe it will compete nicely with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz CLS, Audi A5 and BMW 4-Series GranCoupe.
There’s a bunch of car design styles that have been borrowed from other cars in the Kia Springer, including a Maserati, Jaguar XF, Audi RS5 and a few BMW bits and pieces that we can see.
And that’s ok, it looks breathtaking.
Have a look at the video below…
While both engines are still under development, the standard 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder Theta II engine produces an estimated 190 kW at approximately 6 200 r/min.
Max torque of 353 Nm is available between 1,400 and 4,000 rpm.
Performance is further enhanced through a 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 engine, which Kia is hoping to produce about 272 kW at an estimated 6,000 rpm and offer maximum torque of 510 Nm between 1,300 and 4,500 rpm.
KIA is targeting 5.1 seconds to 100 km/h and a top speed of 270 km/h with the twin turbocharged V6.
The Springer will be available in rear-wheel or all-wheel drive (AWD) options, while the AWD option will be rear-drive biased.
Transmission will be covered by a very capable 8-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifts allowing the driver to make their own gearing decisions.
A first for Kia, the Springer now includes adaptive suspension (Dynamic Stability Damping Control) that stiffens or softens depending on the mode that you select: Personal, Eco, Sport, Comfort and Smart.
For better cornering potential, the AWD version will get the Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control system that monitors driver inputs and road conditions and automatically applies power and braking force to the appropriate wheels to maintain course in adverse conditions.
Given it’s looks, the powertrain and the tech found in the Stinger, it promises to bring the fight to the Germans.
Availability in South Africa is still to be determined but expect launch in the US around the end of 2017.