KUALA LUMPUR, JULY 10, 2010- The much-awaited Kia Stinger GT is finally here! Naza Kia Malaysia Sdn Bhd (NKM) officially unveiled Korean made sports sedan today and it was everything we thought and more.
Dato’ Samson Anand George, Group CEO, Automotive Group, Naza Corporation Holdings Sdn Bhd, proudly presents the much anticipated Kia Stinger.
“The Kia Stinger is the culmination of years of passion and commitment fuelled by the brand’s bold and adventurous spirit. To meet customer demands in Malaysia, we are introducing two variants of the Kia Stinger, the 3.3-litre V6 GT, and the 2.0-litre GT-Line,” he said.
The 2.0L twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder Theta II T-GDi engine produces 251 horsepower at 6,200 rpm with 353 Nm of maximum torque available from 1,400-4,000 rpm, propelling the Stinger 0 to 100km/h in 6 seconds. Other the other hand, the 3.3L twin-turbo V6 Lamda T-GDi engine, produces 365 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and offers 510 Nm of torque from 1,300 to 4,500 rpm, beating the previous engine with just 4.9 seconds from 0 to 100km/h.
To help reduce torsional vibration from the drivetrain, for the first time, Kia uses a Centrifugal Pendulum Absorber (CPA) most commonly found in aviation and racing engine applications. A Shift-By-Shift transmission is installed in the Stinger to allow the driver to interchange between transmission modes through electronic controls.
The Stinger is made the endure the most demanding road conditions, thanks to Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) that features the sophisticated Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control System. This system monitors the driver’s inputs and road conditions while automatically distributing power in real-time based on the driving, minimising understeer. Along with this are Electronically-Controlled Suspension (ECS) and Rack-mounted Motor-Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS). Kia Stinger has the industry-leading features such as Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), Antilock Braking System (ABS), Traction Control System (TCS) and Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning and 7 airbags. The Euro NCAP rates the Kia Stinger 5 stars for is advanced safety technologies.
The exterior is not minimalised either. The Stinger has a sleek fastback silhouette and rear-wheel-drive proportions which turns head wherever it goes. Its roofline angled perfectly to provide aerodynamic benefits while the recessed contours along the doors enhance the visual power of the Kia Stinger. The aggressive stance is further amplified with a ‘tiger nose’ grille, fixed at the front between complex full LED headlamps and accentuated with honeycomb-shaped, dark -chromed, hot-stamped patterns added onto a black base to ensure a premium exterior. Also, it comes it 4, attractive colours, namely HiChroma Red, Deep Chroma Blue, Panthera Metal and Aurora Black.
Its cabin spaced is not to be ridiculed as well. Inside, a sleek and sophisticated cabin space evokes a minimally luxurious feel with its aircraft-style design and high-quality finishes in modern key colours. Soft Nappa leather engulfs the deeply contoured seats for the 3.3L (red in colour) while natural leather is used for the 2.0L (black in colour). Both variants, though, offers 8-way power driver seat and 4-way mechanical lumbar support.
The centre console is split into 2 specific areas: the infotainment system and an 8-inch floating navigation touchscreen integrated with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (with climate and ventilation controls placed beneath it). The interior of the Stringer is further enhanced with 15 Harman Kardon premium speakers which guarantee a dynamic driving experience.