European debut for Kia’s rear-drive GT4 Stinger concept
Kia Motors has revealed the brand’s most aggressive concept car ever, the GT4 Stinger, at Geneva Motor Show.
The eye-catching GT4 Stinger concept — a rear-wheel drive sportscar — takes Kia’s design language in a bold new direction and echoes the glory days of purebred, affordable sportscars.
Driving enjoyment was
the number one priority in designing the GT4 Stinger Kia Design Centre America chief designer Tom Kearns said.
‘‘It’s a sportscar 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.’’
The GT4 Stinger was designed and engineered to focus on weight reduction, functionality and driver enjoyment, disregarding the luxury accessories of a traditional grand tourer to deliver instead a truly engaging drive.
Beneath the GT4 Stinger’s low bonnet is a tuned version of Kia’s proven 2.0-litre turbocharged gasoline direct injected four-cylinder engine, putting out an impressive 232kW.
Power is applied to the road via a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission driving the 20-inch rear wheels, which are wrapped in 275/35 R20 Pirelli P-Zero performance tyres. The front wheels get slightly smaller 235/35 R20 Pirelli P-Zeros to ensure a high level of cornering grip.
Fans of Kia’s design language, set by Kia Motors Corporation president and chief design officer Peter Schreyer, will immediately recognise key styling elements of the GT4 Stinger.
The latest example of Kia’s signature ‘Tiger-nose’ grille rests low to the ground for maximum engine cooling and cold-air induction.
Flanking the grille on both sides are vertical LED headlamps and front-brake cooling vents, which are incorporated into the bumper to provide a clean, smooth appearance. A low carbon fibre front splitter provides added downforce at high speeds.
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The Kia GT4 Stinger is a sportscar that can turn heads as a daily driver, while also being right at home on the track