Kia shocks with rear-drive GT4 Stinger concept
Hearkening back to the glory days of affordable sports cars, Kia Motors America (KMA) has unveiled the brand’s most aggressive concept car ever — the GT4 Stinger — at the North American International Auto Show.
Driving enjoyment was the number one priority in designing the GT4 Stinger said Kia Design Center America chief designer Tom Kearns.
‘‘It’s a 2+2 sports car that can turn heads as a daily driver while also being right at home on the track. It’s about purity, simplicity and timelessness.
The GT4 Stinger is a throwback to days when driving a car was a visceral experience that wasn’t muted by electronic gimmickry,’’ Mr Kearns said.
Beneath the low wedge of the GT4 Stinger’s hood resides a tuned version of Kia’s proven 2.0-litre turbocharged gasoline direct injected (T-GDI) four-cylinder engine putting out an impressive 235 kW.
That power is put to the ground via a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission driving the rear wheels, which are wrapped in 275/35R-20 Pirelli P-Zero performance tires.
Custom 20-inch aluminum centre-lock wheels feature carbon fibre inserts for strength and weight reduction.
Tucked inside the massive wheels are Brembo Gran Turismo twopiece 15-inch cross-drilled rotors and four-piston calipers with plenty of stopping power.
Underpinning the GT4 Stinger’s sculpted Ignition Yellow body is a custom chassis with independent double wishbone suspension.
With a shorter wheelbase (2618.7mm) and overall length (4310.4mm) than a Forte sedan, a width (1889.8mm) greater than a Cadenza, and a swooping roofline nearly 225mm lower (1249.7) than a Rio subcompact, the GT4 Stinger cuts a menacing figure.
It tips the scales at a scant 1303.6kg, and weight distribution is spread nearly perfectly at 52 per cent up front and 48 per cent at the rear.
The GT4 Stinger also features a quick-ratio steering rack for direct feedback control.
‘‘We gave the car a shrinkwrapped appearance,’’ Mr Kearns said.
‘‘It’s as if the body panels were formed around the chassis instead of merely welded to it.’’
While there are currently no plans to bring the concept to production, Kia has a history of delivering production vehicles that bear a strong resemblance to the concept that preceded them, and the GT4 Stinger provides a possible and highly provocative glimpse into Kia’s future.
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The GT4 Stinger provides a possible and highly provocative glimpse into Kia’s future