Po­lice sting(er) in tail

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - CRUISE CONTROL -

WELL, well, well.

Who would have thought Korea would come to the res­cue of Aussie rear drive six cylin­der trag­ics.

With Ford (Fal­con) and Holden (Com­modore) ex­it­ing the once big sell­ing large sedan sec­tor along comes Kia and the Stinger.

The rear drive sedan is on its way to Aus­tralia later this year with a twin turbo V6 at the top of its tree and the pos­si­bil­ity of a V8 too.

The car is likely to ap­peal to po­lice forces with the price, rear drive and six cylin­der power meet­ing their cri­te­ria.

Hope­fully, it means the Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice will re­view its pref­er­ence for tur­bocharged four cylin­der Hyundai Sonatas as re­place­ments for the Com­modore.

Kia is to con­sider pitch­ing the Stinger sedan for eval­u­a­tion as a po­ten­tial po­lice ve­hi­cle when it ar­rives in Aus­tralia in Septem­ber.

The rear-wheel drive Stinger sedan was just un­veiled at the Detroit Auto Show and is sched­uled to ar­rive in Aus­tralia with a choice of 2.0-litre four cylin­der petrol en­gine or a head­line-steal­ing 3.3-litre, twin-turbo V6 in the GT model that will gen­er­ate 272kW/510Nm, num­bers that out­shine all but the big­gest Holden Com­modore V8. At just over 4.8m in length, it matches the cur­rent po­lice sedan fleet for size.

The GT should prove plenty pow­er­ful enough, with the top­spec Stinger able to clip 100km/ h in 5.1 secs be­fore pow­er­ing on to a top speed of 270km/h. The GT will also ar­rive with a me­chan­i­cal lim­ited-slip dif­fer­en­tial, elec­tron­i­cally ad­justable sus­pen­sion and an eight-speed au­to­matic transmission.

Kia Aus­tralia PR boss Kevin Hep­worth said it was “def­i­nitely some­thing we’d be in­ter­ested in look­ing at.”

“We don’t see a down­side to the po­lice want­ing to look at this car and our Sorento is al­ready be­ing eval­u­ated by po­lice de­part­ments in three states,” he said.

“It’s too early for us to have se­ri­ous con­ver­sa­tions, but it’s def­i­nitely some­thing we’d be in­ter­ested in look­ing at.”

Kia’s rear-wheel drive sedan will ar­rive in Aus­tralia in an ef­fort to fill the mar­ket gap left by the de­part­ing Holden Com­modore and Ford Fal­con.

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