Kia is feel­ing the ‘sting’

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - CRUISE CONTROL | -

KIA is call­ing for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est from buy­ers keen on the Korean brand’s new rear drive big car, the Stinger.

Plus it’s pos­si­ble the car may get to Aus­tralia faster than first thought with Trin­ity Kia sales man­ager Re­nato Tal­larico pre­dict­ing a June ar­rival.

He says an Op­tima GT 2.0litre turbo is be­ing added to his demon­stra­tor fleet so cus­tomers can get a feel for the base model Stinger, which comes with the same en­gine of 180kW of power and 350Nm of torque.

Mr Tal­larico says ex­cite­ment is build­ing for the Stinger, which is be­g­ing re­garded as a re­place­ment for the dis­con­tin­ued Ford Fal­con, and the Holden Com­modore, which bows out on Oc­to­ber 20.

The Stinger with the 2.0-litre four-cylin­der turbo en­gine should start from about $40,000 with a full-loaded twin turbo 3.6-litre V6 in the $50,000 range.

Kia tech­ni­cal con­sul­tant Graeme Gam­bold is to turn his at­ten­tion to the hot new reardrive sedan, trav­el­ling to South Korea soon with Kia Mo­tors Aus­tralia’s gen­eral man­ager of prod­uct plan­ning Roland Rivero to pin­point a unique Aus­tralian-fo­cused ride and han­dling pack­age.

This will not only in­clude a dif­fer­ent grade of tun­ing for each of the Stinger’s two petrol en­gines – a 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 good for 272kW of power and the turbo-four – but also in­clude a higher-level “GT” han­dling op­tion for the V6.

Mr Gam­bold is aim­ing to em­u­late the ride and han­dling char­ac­ter­is­tics of the Fal­con XR6 and Com­modore SV6.

The rear sus­pen­sion design is the work of for­mer BMW M de­vel­op­ment boss Albert Bier­mann and is sim­i­lar to the 4 Se­ries. He will also take into the wants of po­lice forces, which are con­sid­er­ing the Stinger as a pur­suit and pa­trol car, with the aim of a more sports-ori­ented sus­pen­sion pack­age.

The Stinger rides on MacPher­son front struts and a multi-link rear sus­pen­sion setup, bolted to an ul­tra-stiff body, with a 55 per cent high-strength steel con­tent.

It will also be the first Kia to fea­ture adap­tive dampers, form­ing part of a five-mode dy­namic cus­tomi­sa­tion sys­tem that also al­ters steer­ing and driv­e­train char­ac­ter­is­tics.

In the past the po­lice have re­quested all large cars from Holden and Ford have firmer sus­pen­sion. In Holden’s case, it was re­ferred to as FE2, but more com­monly as the “po­lice pack”.


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