After news broke that Kia South Africa would be introducing its Stinger GT in limited numbers, we can now confirm pricing and specification for this model.
The Kia Stinger was developed on the Nürburgring Nordschleife under the guidance of Albert Biermann, Executive Vice President and Head of Vehicle Test & High-Performance Development. That name will sound familiar if you know your BMW M products, as that's where he was stationed before moving to Kia. The Kia Stinger is powered by a 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 engine which packs a 272 kW and 510 Nm punch. Power goes to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Kia claims a 0-100 kph time of 4.9 seconds and it'll run onto a top speed of 270 kph.
“There has been notable interest and excitement in Stinger since we announced its imminent arrival two weeks ago,” comments Gary Scott, CEO, KIA Motors South Africa. “The confidence is well placed. KIA has retained top position in the authoritative J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, and Stinger’s continued global awards certainly reinforce this sentiment. Adding to the well-known attributes of design, quality and value for money, Stinger in the comprehensively specified GT trim, is a showcase of KIA’s engineering prowess. With its competitive pricing, we believe that it will be highly sought-after as well.”
Kia Stinger Specifications
The cabin appears slick and modern, and it comes with all the latest convenience features as standard
SA customers will have a choice of nine metallic exterior colours. The new Kia Stinger rides on 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped with 225/40 19-inch rubber at the front, and 255/35 19s at the rear. Vented Brembo disc brakes are standard and feature quad-piston front callipers and dual-piston rear callipers for stopping power.
In the cabin, the Stinger features contoured seats covered in Nappa leather, and there's a choice between black or deep burgundy leather upholstery. The driver and front passenger’s seats are electrically adjustable, are heated and ventilated, while the driver’s seat also features adjustable bolsters, lumbar support, seat cushion extension and a memory function. The steering column is electronically adjustable for rake and reach.
The infotainment system comprises an 8-inch colour touchscreen with Bluetooth, Voice Recognition, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, a 720 watt Harman/Kardon sound system with 15 speakers and subwoofer. The Stinger's cabin also features a wireless smartphone charging pad and dual automatic air conditioning as standard. Kia's Stinger features a Head-Up Display display with speed, turn-by-turn navigation, audio and cruise control settings displayed. A sunroof is also fitted as standard.
In terms of safety, the new Kia Stinger features park distance control at the front and rear of the vehicle, a reverse camera, electric parking brake with auto hold function, as well as hill-start assist. Blind spot detection system, stability control, ABS, seven airbags, and ISOFIX child seat anchors.
Kia Stinger Price in South Africa
The Kia Stinger comes standard with Kia's unlimited kilometre, 5-year warranty, as well as five years’ worth of roadside assistance and a 5-year/90 000km maintenance plan. Due to the limited number of Stinger available to the South African market from August 2018, the vehicle will not be available through the KIA dealership network. Instead, Stinger will feature a bespoke direct sales experience facilitated by KIA South Africa through the dedicated Stinger website, www.kiastinger.co.za. Customers who register on the Stinger website will receive full details regarding the sales and ordering process later this month and will be able to order their vehicles at the same time.
Kia Stinger GT R859 995.