Kia South Africa has confirmed that its Stinger will be going on sale in August 2018. Here's what we know so far.
Kia South Africa surprised the SA public back in 2017 when it showcased a Stinger at the SA Motoring Experience held at Kyalami. Fast forward to April 2018 and the Korean company has confirmed that the Stinger will be introduced to our market in limited numbers during August 2018.
“Unlike any KIA that has come before it, the Stinger is the embodiment of an everyday dream car,” says Gary Scott, CEO of KIA Motors South Africa. “From its birth as the GT concept, through the years of tuning and refining it on the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife, no detail was spared to create a true Gran Turismo. It is not about outright power, hard-edged dynamics and brutal styling at the expense of luxury, comfort and grace. Instead, it’s a driver’s car equally suitable for spirited long-distance driving and everyday enjoyment.”
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. Pricing has yet to be confirmed and Kia said in its press release that "full specification details and pricing of the SA-bound KIA Stinger will be announced at the end of this month (April 2018). Customers and fans are invited to visit www.kiastinger.co.za where they can register to receive up-to-date information and other exclusive content as it’s revealed."