Design & Technology
Can you keep up with the Stinger? April 11th, 2017
Kia Motors has been capturing the attention of the automotive industry and performance car enthusiasts since the world premiere of the Kia Stinger sports sedan at the Detroit auto show in January. Just last week, the Stinger made its Asia debut at the Seoul Motor Show where a 4.9 second 0-100 km/h acceleration time was confirmed for the rear-wheel drive 3.3 turbo powered model. This impressive acceleration performance puts the Stinger near the head of the pack among competing models and is proof-positive that Kia is now challenging the standard for vehicle performance among mainstream brands.
Find out more about the remarkable acceleration and power of the Stinger!
First things first – What is a “GT”? GT, short for Grand Tourer or Gran Turismo in Italian, refers to performance and luxury vehicles capable of both fast and long-distance driving. GT vehicles boast both unparalleled speed and driving comfort.
The acceleration performance of GT models is evaluated by measuring the time that a vehicle takes to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (or 0-62 mph). There are various factors that can improve a vehicle’s 0-100 km/h time. Improving vehicle acceleration is dependent upon the engine and transmission system, and car makers are constantly working to generate more power by upgrading the exhaust system and turbocharger performance. Reducing vehicle mass and tweaking the exterior design to optimize aerodynamics are also proven methods to shave seconds off of acceleration times.
True Gran Turismo: The Kia Stinger GT
Seizing the global spotlight upon its world debut, the Stinger GT stunned the world not only with its sensational exterior design, but also its high-performance capabilities.
Introduced to Asian audiences with striking new colors and details in Seoul, the Stinger dropped another massive surprise for the global audience. With the powerful 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 (rear-wheel drive version), the Stinger will deliver a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of just 4.9 seconds, surpassing Kia’s original estimate of 5.1 seconds as communicated in Detroit. This makes the sports sedan the fastest accelerating car Kia has ever produced.
Hitting 100 km/h in under five seconds with a maximum speed of 270 km/h, the Stinger is reaching another level of power and performance and revamping the Kia brand. Feel the speed and the velocity of the Stinger in the video below!
Stinger’s 4.9 second acceleration performance is an incredible feat for Kia and will serve as a starting point for future improvements in vehicle performance. We don’t’ know what the future holds but for now, but in the meantime, can you keep up with the Kia Stinger?