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The Kia Stinger is a compact executive[5] 5-door fastback[9] manufactured by Kia Motors.[7]

Kia Stinger (CK)
2018 Kia Stinger GT2 3.3L AWD in Hichroma red front (2) 5.23.18.jpg
ManufacturerKia Motors
Model years2018–present
DesignerPeter Schreyer[3]
Gregory Guillaume[4]
Body and chassis
ClassCompact executive car[5] (D)
Body style5-door fastback[6]
Transmission8-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,910 mm (114.4 in)
Length4,830 mm (190.2 in)
Width1,870 mm (73.6 in)
Height1,400 mm (55.1 in)
Curb weight1,638–1,720 kg (3,611–3,792 lb) (2.0T)
1,737–1,825 kg (3,829–4,023 lb) (3.3TT)


The Kia Stinger traces its roots to the Kia GT Concept from the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show and the Kia GT4 Stinger from the 2014 North American International Auto Show.[7] Designed by Peter Schreyer and Gregory Guillaume (Kia's Chief Designer) at Kia's European studio in Frankfurt and engineered by former BMW M Vice President of Engineering Albert Biermann, the car was unveiled at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. Biermann is now the executive vice president of performance development and high performance vehicles of the Hyundai Motor Group.[10]

According to Guillaume, the Stinger's design was partially inspired by the Coca-Cola bottle. During an interview, he offered the following comment of the car's purpose. "The new Kia Stinger is a true gran turismo, a car for spirited long-distance. It’s not about outright power, hard-edged dynamics and brutal styling all at the expense of luxury, comfort and grace. The Stinger has nothing to do with being the first to arrive at the destination – this car is all about the journey."[11]

Testing of the car involved over 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) at the Korea International Circuit and 10,000 kilometres (6,200 mi) at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.[7][12][4]

The Stinger uses a shortened version of the Hyundai Genesis' front engine, rear wheel-drive platform with additional steel reinforcement and is offered with a choice of two engines: a 2.0 liter turbocharged Inline-four engine that produces 255 hp (259 PS; 190 kW); and a 3,342 cc (3.3 L; 203.9 cu in) twin-turbo V6 engine that generates 365 hp (370 PS; 272 kW) at 6000 rpm and 510 N⋅m (376 lbf⋅ft) of torque at 4500 rpm for the AWD variant.[7] For the European and Korean markets, the Stinger is offered with a base 2.2 liter CRDi diesel I4 that produces 197 horsepower (200 PS; 147 kW).[8] GT models are equipped with Brembo brakes and Michelin tires (18-inch on the base model, 17-inch on the CRDi model, and 19-inch on the V6 model).[7][8][12] The sole transmission is an 8-speed automatic with five driving modes and paddle shifters.[4]

For the Korean market, the Stinger wears the E badge, which symbolizes the core theme of "Engineered by Excellence".[13]

Kia claims that the 2.2 diesel, 2.0 T-GDi and 3.3 V6 Twin-Turbo models will do a 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) acceleration in 7.7, 6 and 4.9 seconds, respectively. Schreyer reportedly drove a pre-production Stinger GT at a top speed of 269 km/h (167 mph) on the Autobahn.[4]

During a test by Car and Driver, an all-wheel-drive U.S. spec GT 3.3T model with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires achieved 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 4.6 seconds on the track, reached 0.91 g on the skidpad and was able to stop from 70 mph (113 km/h) in 164 feet (50 m). According to this publication, the U.S. model's top speed is governed at 167 mph (269 km/h) per Kia specs.[14] In tests conducted by Motor Trend, the 4-cylinder U.S. spec Stinger 2.0 RWD on Bridgestone Potenza tires reached 60 mph (97 km/h) in 6.6 seconds, completed the 14 mile (402 m) run in 15 seconds and stopped from 60 mph (97 km/h) in 126 feet (38 m). The average lateral acceleration recorded in track testing was 0.85 g.[15]


In June 2017, Kia Motors teamed up with GQ magazine to promote the Stinger as a "street style icon".[16]

The Stinger GT was featured in Series 2 episode 3 of The Grand Tour, where co-presenter James May raced it against two longboard riders on a mountain road in Majorca, with the car going uphill and the skateboarders going downhill.[17]

On 4 February 2018, Kia released two Stinger commercials during Super Bowl LII. The first commercial features racing driver Emerson Fittipaldi.[18] The second features Aerosmith lead vocalist Steven Tyler driving the car on an oval track in reverse until he becomes 40 years younger.[19]

In January 2019, Kia announced a partnership with K-pop girl group Blackpink to promote the Stinger.[20]



Euro NCAP test results for a LHD, 2.2 liter CRDi GT-Line 5-door fastback variant on a 2017 registration:

Euro NCAP test results
Kia Stinger (2017)[21]
Test Points %
Adult occupant: 35.4 93%
Child occupant: 39.7 81%
Pedestrian: 33.0 78%
Safety assist: 9.9 82%

Police useEdit

In 2018, Queensland Police Service and Tasmania Police in Australia selected the Stinger 330SI as their new Road Policing car, replacing the discontinued Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore.[22][23]


The Stinger won the iF product design award in the "Transportation Design" category [24] and the Red Dot award in the "Best of the Best Car Design" category in 2018.[25]

The Stinger won the 2018 MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Awards "Best of the Year".[26]



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  10. ^ Trop, Jaclyn (17 September 2017). "New G70 Compact Sedan Helps Hyundai Define Korean Luxury For Its Genesis Brand". Forbes. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  11. ^ Harley, Michael (26 June 2017). "The 2018 Kia Stinger Defies Germany's Famed Nürburgring Nordschleife Race Track". Forbes. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  12. ^ a b Floyd, Mike (16 January 2017). "12 Things You Didn't Know About the 2018 Kia Stinger". Automobile. Retrieved 26 May 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  13. ^ "Kia E badge explained, debuts on Korean Stinger". CarAdvice. 31 March 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  14. ^ "Kia Stinger". Car and Driver. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  15. ^ MacKenzie, Angus (19 October 2017). "2018 Kia Stinger 2.0 First Test: Look Out BMW, Here Comes Korea". Motor Trend. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  16. ^ Perry, Kevin (1 June 2017). "Kia Stinger fastback is a street style icon". GQ. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  17. ^ Person, Sam (19 December 2017). "The Cars of The Grand Tour: Season 2, Episode 3". DriveTribe. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  18. ^ "Kia is bringing the Stinger - and Emerson Fittipaldi - to the Super Bowl". Autoweek. 26 January 2018. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  19. ^ Lynch, Joe (4 February 2018). "Steven Tyler Is Forever Young In Kia Super Bowl Commercial". Billboard. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  20. ^ Zulueta, Allysa Mae (4 January 2019). "Kia Motors collaborates with K-pop sensation BLACKPINK". Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  21. ^ "Kia Stinger". Euro NCAP. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  22. ^ Bober, Isaac (5 July 2018). "Kia Stinger joins Queensland Police fleet". Practical Motoring. Retrieved 31 October 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  23. ^ Ramey, Jay (10 July 2018). "The Kia Stinger is now a police car". Automotive News. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  24. ^ "2018 iF Design Awards – three trophies for Kia". Kia Motors. 27 February 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  25. ^ "Kia triumphs again at Red Dot Design Award 2018". Kia Motors. 24 April 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  26. ^ "MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Awards". MotorWeek. 8 February 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2018.

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