Police sting(er) in tail
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.