Kia shocks with rear-drive GT4 Stinger con­cept

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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.

For a full run­down on all things Kia, call into Thomp­son Kia, Be­nalla road Shepparton. Or call Gary on 58222 666. and un­com­pro­mised

The GT4 Stinger pro­vides a pos­si­ble and highly provoca­tive glimpse into Kia’s fu­ture

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