The 2015 Kia GT4 Stinger is the third cars concept ahead from Kia in the last few years. Kia took the covers off its previously announced 2 +2 coupe principle at today’s 2014 Detroit Auto Show, a strong brand-new layout for a brand that’s never ever offered a sports car. The Kia GT4 Stinger concept is a rear-wheel-drive coupe powered by a 315-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission, a style Kia claims is meant to harken back to the “magnificence days of purebred, affordable cars.”.
It was designed, the company says, by the “fanatics and gearheads” at Kia’s U.S. style center in Irvine, California, to optimize driving enjoyment in an automobile that supplies a “visceral experience [not] muted by electronic gimmickry.”.
Regarding Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America (KMA) is the advertising and marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. Kia’s U.S. manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia, develops the Optima \* and Sorento \* and is accountable for the development of more compared to 14,000 plant and provider jobs.
Energy, Poise and Proven Performance
Underneath the low wedge of the GT4 Stinger’s hood stays a tuned variation of Kia’s proven 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline direct infused (T-GDI) four-cylinder engine putting out an excellent 315 horse power. “Our Optima racecars make use of the same engine and can generate greater than 400 horsepower,” said Kearns. “So why not instill our concept with the sort of power that will make individuals take notice?”.
That power is placed to the ground by means of a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission driving the rear tires, which are wrapped in 275/35R -20 Pirelli P-Zero efficiency tires. Staggered 235/35R -20 Pirelli P-Zeros snuggle underneath the front fenders, guaranteeing lots of corner-carving grip. Custom 20-inch aluminum center-lock tires feature carbon fiber inserts for toughness and weight decline. Put inside the substantial tires are Brembo Gran Turismo two-piece 15-inch cross-drilled blades and four-piston calipers with lots of quiting energy.
Test driving and Performance:
Underpinning the GT4 Stinger’s shaped “Ignition Yellow” physical body is a custom body with independent dual wishbone suspension. With a shorter wheelbase (103.1 inches) and overall length (169.7 inches) than a Forte sedan, a width (74.4 inches) greater than a Cadenza, and a diving roofline almost nine inches lower (49.2 inches) compared to a Rio subcompact, the GT4 Stinger chops an alarming figure. It ideas the scales at a little 2,874 pounds, and weight distribution is dispersed almost flawlessly at 52 percent up front and 48 percent at the back. The GT4 Stinger likewise provides a quick-ratio steering shelf for direct responses and uncompromised control.
2015 Kia GT4 Design and Styling
Fans of Kia’s style language, established by Kia Motors Corporation head of state and chief style policeman Peter Schreyer, will promptly identify essential styling components of the GT4 Stinger. The latest iteration of the trademark Kia grille relaxes reduced to the ground for optimal engine air conditioning and cold-air induction. A carbon fiber front splitter positioned below the bumper provides added down pressure for the car at high rate to keep the GT4 Stinger’s front tires securely planted to the tarmac.
The lengthy hood gently rises to meet the cowl. 2 chrome accent pieces include aesthetic passion to the otherwise ripple-less pool of Ignition Yellow sheet metal. The hood closely welcomes the front tire arches, making 2 sticking out muscle fenders over the front tires. The outcome is a noticable side at the motor vehicle’s shoulders that at some point ends up being the belt line.
Continuing around the automobile, the transparent A-pillars offer a greater than 270-degree perspective from the motorist’s seat. The layered slots cut into the pillars decrease weight while improving exterior visibility. Paying homage to the iconic Soul, the greenhouse style supplies an aggressive side profile. “It’s as if the GT4 Stinger is wearing wrap-around sunglasses,” notes Kearns. Just like the Soul, the roofing of the GT4 Stinger shows up to “drift” from the C-pillars. Along the rocker panels are satin black accent pieces with integrated useful cooling ducts to boost air flow to the rear brakes.
Around back, the physical body broadens to cover the big 275-series Pirelli rubber. The glass hatch opens to reveal a built-in storage space area and back strut-tower brace. The LED taillights illuminate from inside the outer edge of a blacked-out panel just over the dual exhaust ports in the rear bumper.
The inside is purposeful in layout and functional in attributes. A pull of the billet-aluminum door takes care of exposes surprisingly lightweight doors, however their generous width makes going down into the shaped natural leather race-inspired pail seats a wind.
There is no carpeting, just a rubber floor mat below the billet-aluminum pedals. Front and facility to the vehicle driver is a thick D-shaped wheel and red LED-illuminated control panel with huge tachometer and equipment indicator. In keeping with the track motif and taking motivation from sports and competitors vehicles of the past, indoor door manages have been replaced by red-stitched pull straps. Actually, the GT4 Stinger makes due without the deluxe of a stereo. “The audio device starts under the hood and the speakers are the exhaust pipes,” stated Kearns. Underway, the GT4 Stinger’s free-flow exhaust burbles and spouts unabashedly and is popular music to the ears of driving lovers everywhere.
While there are presently no plans to bring the idea to production, Kia has a record of delivering manufacturing automobiles that bear a solid resemblance to the idea that preceded them, and the GT4 Stinger supplies a feasible and very provocative glimpse into Kia’s future. When asked who the GT4 Stinger is planned for, Kearns quips, “It’s an entirely selfish layout. The style team at KCDA teems with gearheads and lovers, and the GT4 Stinger is the perfect auto for that kind of crowd.”.
2015 Kia GT4 Competietion
Main competitors to the 2015 Kia GT4 Stinger will certainly be the Hyundai Genesis Coupe but if the 315 hp engine is supplied in combination with wonderful appearances and back wheel drive compared to this motor vehicle will certainly have much serious troubles with competitors. Among those rivals we can see 2015 Ford Mustang that will be supplied with EcoBoost turbocharged engine and similar quantity of energy.
Will They Ever Sell It?
A car such as the Stinger is too extreme for the genuine world. This is Kia we’re speaking regarding. Something extremely much like the GT4 Stinger could well be arriving at your neighborhood Kia dealer prior to too long.
Why It’s Important
Kia has gotten its foot in practically every door at this factor, yet the performance-car space has proven evasive. With the development of the rear-wheel-drive K900, it seems only organic that something such as the GT4 Stinger would certainly follow in its footsteps to complete Kia’s portfolio, equally the athletic Hyundai Genesis Coupe showed up hand-in-hand with the elegant Genesis sedan. We hope we’re immediately, because we cannot hang around to get behind the tire and let this 315-hp Stinger loose.
Official photos from Detroit Auto Show: