Kia Stinger European specifications announced

Kia certainly created a stir at the North American International Auto Show earlier this month by unveiling the Stinger. Described by its maker as a fastback sports sedan, sales across Europe are due to begin during the fourth quarter of 2017.

This all-new model measures 4,830 mm (15’ 10”) from bumper to bumper. That's 25 mm (1”) shorter than the current Kia Optima, but 190 mm (7”) longer than a BMW 4 Series Gran CoupĂ©.

Kia Stinger (2018) Side

Maybe Kia wants to avoid direct comparisons to certain German rivals, though. Indeed, according to Gregory Guillaume, Chief Designer at Kia Motors Europe, “Stinger is a true gran turismo, a car for spirited long-distance driving. It's not about outright power, hard-edged dynamics and brutal styling, all at the expense of luxury, comfort and grace.”

Reinforcing that ethos is the availability of a 2.2 litre turbo-diesel engine which, regrettably, most European customers are expected to choose. However, there are a couple of more interesting petrol-fuelled alternatives.

Engine Theta II petrol Lambda II petrol R diesel
Type I4 turbocharged V6 twin-turbocharged I4 turbocharged
Displacement 1,998 cc 3,342 cc 2,199 cc
Max power 251 bhp (188 kW / 255 PS) @ 6,200 rpm 365 bhp (276 kW / 370 PS) @ 6,000 rpm 197 bhp (147 kW / 200 PS) @ 3,800 rpm
Max torque 353 Nm (260 lb/ft) @ 1,400-4,000 rpm 510 Nm (376 lb/ft) @ 1,300-4,500 rpm 440 Nm (325 lb/ft) @ 1,750-2,750 rpm

All three options come with an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. Furthermore, a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive is being offered – a key factor that helps to distance Stinger from the front-wheel drive only Optima.

Clearly the 3.3 litre V6 is the pick for performance fans. Kia reckons a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 5.1 seconds makes it the brand's quickest-accelerating production car ever, while top speed for this version should be around 167 mph (270 km/h).

A plug-in hybrid powertrain would probably help to convince some prospective Stinger buyers (especially any badge snobs). The absence of one therefore seems to be a major omission.

Kia Stinger (2018) DashboardKia Stinger (2018) Front Side

Kia Stinger (2018) Rear SideKia Stinger (2018) Interior

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