Stinger GT looks for local traction

By: Spencer Leech, Unique Cars magazine

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Could the rear-drive Kia fill the shoes of outgoing Aussie muscle? See the Wheels mag links

Stinger GT looks for local traction
Rear-drive Kia Stinger might be a viable option for local performance hounds.

The demise of local Falcon production and the imminent end of Commodore will open up some opportunities for a number of makers, particularly if they can produce a value-for-money rear-drive four-door car with plenty of poke.

Kia is clearly keen to enter that bracket with its new Stinger GT; a rear-wheel-drive grunter that is expected to go on sale later this year.

Though we first got a glimpse of the futuristic four-door with the Kia GT Concept in 2011, the Korean brand has now revealed a fully-fledged production model at the Detroit Auto Show. The Stinger GT is a stylish looking thing, and would represent well against the similar Alfa Romeo Giulia or Audi A7.

The main attraction of the Stinger GT sits under the bonnet; a 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 that Kia claims to produce 272kW at 6000rpm and 510Nm between 1300-4500rpm; that’s enough to push the luxo sedan from 0-100km/h in 5.1 seconds.

The Stinger GT is expected to become available in September of this year, with pricing to start somewhere in the low-$50,000 bracket. This should position the car very well against its much more expensive European rivals.

Unfortunately, we’re yet to get behind the wheel of a Stinger GT, but our friends over at Wheels magazine have driven and reviewed an early prototype. See what they have to say here.

Plus: Wheels mag Stinger vs Commodore story

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