Euro­pean de­but for Kia’s rear-drive GT4 Stinger con­cept

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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.

For a full run­down on all things Kia, call into Thomp­son Kia, Be­nalla road Shep­par­ton. Or call Gary on 58222666.

The Kia GT4 Stinger is a sport­scar that can turn heads as a daily driver, while also be­ing right at home on the track

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