Kia bringing the zing

By David Thomson on Sat, 16 Sep 2017 | Latest News
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Guillaume says the Stinger's design was partially inspired by the classic Coca-Cola bottle. Photo: Supplied

Kia's large car line-up for New Zealand is set to gain even more performance zing with the upcoming launch of the Stinger 5-door high- performance liftback.

A rear-wheel-drive machine powered by a 272kW/500Nm twin-turbo V6 engine in flagship GT Sport form is set to go on sale here later in the year. The flagship variant, which is capable of completing the 0-100kmh dash in under five seconds, will carry a $69,990 price tag.

The Stinger range will also include a pair of 193kW/353Nm four cylinder variants, the EX Turbo and the GT, priced at $54,900 and $59,990 respectively, All variants will feature a new eight-speed automatic transmission with sports settings. Quad exhausts will add a further sporty note.

The Stinger has been derived from two earlier Kia concept cars, and was developed at Kia's European design studio with Peter Schreyer and Gregory Guillaume overseeing design, and former BMW M-division executive Albert Biermann in charge of engineering.

Guillaume says the Stinger's design was partially inspired by the classic Coca-Cola bottle.