Emotional, sportive, aggressive – this is how the Kia Stinger GT presents itself. The media is thrilled, but RaceChip wonders: Is that already everything? Or is there even more potential in this Korean car? Therefore RaceChip took a closer look at the Kia Stinger GT, with the goal to unleash its true potential.
Korean car with German DNA
Designed by Audi’s former design chief Peter Schreyer and engineered by the former BMW M chief Albert Biermann the all-new Kia Stinger is claimed to be a Korean car with German DNA. The twin-turbocharged and intercooled 3.3 liter V6 releases 370 HP (365 bhp) and 510 Nm (376 lbf-ft). The rear-wheel-drive 4-door hatchback is equipped with an 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode. It reaches 167 mph top speed and features Brembo brakes. The first performance car of Kia was extensively tested by relevant media and takes on German cars such as the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé and Audi S5 Sportback – at a competitive price.
Untapped potential for future Kia Stinger GTR
Soon after the release of the Stinger GT, rumors about an even stronger version of the 3.3 liter V6 arose. Albert Biermann, Hyundai-Kia’s performance chief, commented these rumors in an interview with Motoring. He admitted that “the car technically has more potential no doubt”, but added that “at this point there is no plan to do more”. He first wants to establish a customer base before “maybe next steps can happen”.