Can you believe this is a Kia?
If it ever goes into production, the GT4 Stinger will use a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine.Damien Reid July 19, 2014
Yep, the South Korean company better known for producing family oriented cars for the budget conscious, has stunned the motoring world with this: the GT4 Stinger Concept.
The company says it’s its “most aggressive sports car yet” and was created by the team at Kia’s Californian design studio.
According to Kia, the GT4 Stinger is ready for production, though for now it says the rear-wheel-drive coupé remains a concept only that “harks back to the glory days of purebred, affordable sports cars”.
It sits on a customised platform and measures 4.3 metres long, with a wheelbase shorter than the axle-to-axle length of the company’s Cee’d hatchback but has a wider body (1890mm) than an Optima medium car and sits just 1250mm high.
Under a bonnet which is flanked by bulging wheel arches lies a tuned version of Kia’s 2.0-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a quoted power output of 315bhp which can be tweaked to a V8-rivalling 394bhp.
Power is distributed to the large 20-inch wheels wrapped in wide, low-profile Pirelli P Zero rubber via a close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox and the overall look is given a purposeful stance thanks to wheels that are narrower at the front (235mm) compared to the rear (275mm).
The Kia GT4 Stinger weighs a lithe 1304kg thanks to a stripped-out interior which helps stave off the kilos by doing without an audio system, carpet and door handles. Instead, it uses Porsche 911 GT3-style red pull straps.
There are two rear seats but legroom looks extremely cramped judging by the single interior photo. The rear glass hatch opens to reveal a storage compartment with a strut-tower brace that aids stiffness. The signature Kia grille rests low to the ground for maximum engine cooling and cold-air induction.
Flanking the grille on both sides are vertical LED headlamps and front-brake cooling vents moulded into the bumper, while a carbon fibre front splitter mounted below the bumper provides added down force at high speed.