Built for Performance
The standard engine beneath the hood of this powerful car is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that puts out 260 pound-feet of torque and 255 horsepower. Buyers can also upgrade to the available 3.3-liter V6 with twin compressors, which delivers 365 horsepower. That engine is familiar to fans of the Genesis brand, since it’s the same as the base option within the G90. Power is delivered to either the rear wheels or all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission that offers a smooth ride.
When people started speculating about the Stinger, many expected it to look similar to the two-door sports car concepts that Kia had brought to the past few global auto shows. But the four-door hatchback was far from what many people thought when they heard about the Stinger. However, it will certainly turn a few heads when it’s out on the road. It still has the aggressive, sporty styling that was present on the concept vehicles, but offers more functionality for everyday driving as well.
The shape of the Stinger looks like a shorter version of some of the models from the Genesis lineup. It includes high-strength steel for safety. The Stinger has a lower roof than many other luxury models within its class, giving it a more aggressive stance. Although its wheelbase is shorter than the Genesis G80 by about four inches, the Stinger is larger than most other compact luxury performance sedans. Kia also plans to release a similar model of the Stinger under the Genesis brand in the future.
The luxurious aspects of the 2018 Kia Stinger also help make it more appealing to buyers. Standard features in every model will include a 7-inch touch screen display and navigation. You can also upgrade your sound system to a Harman/Kardon unit with 15 speakers that produce 720 watts, turning the car’s cabin into the perfect spot to play your favorite tunes. Other available upgrades include advanced safety features, such as automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.
Exact pricing isn’t available for the 2018 Stinger yet, but rest assured that it will likely be much more affordable than other luxury sedans in its class. In fact, the larger sedans from luxury manufacturers can fall in the range of $70,000 and up, while the Stinger will likely come in at a substantially lower price.
With so much interest around the 2018 Kia Stinger, these cars will probably be flying off dealership lots when they begin to arrive in the late summer.
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