It's here at Burrows Kia Barnsley at last! The stunning Kia Stinger, an elegant gran turismo based on the 2011 Kia GT Concept from the Frankfurt Motor Show, is now in production and is now in our Barnsley showroom, priced from £31,995.
The Stinger is the most adventurous model in Kia's history, the company's first classic grand tourer and the first rear-wheel-drive model it has introduced to Europe. Stinger is a classic grand tourer, not a hard-edged sports car. In range-topping twin-turbo V6 guise, it is also the fastest-accelerating Kia ever, with a 0-60mph time of 4.7 seconds.
Kia Barnsley General Manager, Steve Davidson, said, “We’re delighted to be able to showcase the Stinger. This is a real delight from Kia and we can’t wait to show it to our customers and the people of Barnsley.”
Five versions are available, all with turbocharged direct-injection engines mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and featuring state-of-the-art electronic driver aids and connectivity systems. The ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ offer the choice of a 2.0-litre 244bhp T-GDi petrol engine or a 2.2-litre 197bhp CRDi turbodiesel, while the range-topping ‘GT S’ has exclusive use of a 3.3-litre 365bhp twin-turbo V6. The ‘GT S’, as the fastest and most powerful model in the range, also has adjustable electronic suspension damping and Brembo brakes.
The Stinger has space for five people and their luggage. The seats are snug and the two in front have eight-way power adjustment – with a memory function on the driver's side – and a two-way power cushion extender plus four-way power lumbar adjustment. The front seats and steering wheel are heated, and in ‘GT-Line S’ and ‘GT S’ they are also ventilated, while the outer rear seats are also heated.
To enhance comfort, dual automatic air conditioning is fitted to every model, while to aid the driver there is a 7.0-inch LCD Thin Film Transistor (TFT) supervision cluster and a customisable head-up display which allows key information – speed, navigation instructions and audio, cruise control and blind spot detection information – to be projected onto the windscreen. ‘GT-Line S’ and ‘GT S’ also have a 360-degree around-view monitor.
Every model has a DAB radio with MP3 compatibility and Bluetooth with voice recognition and music streaming. In ‘GT-Line’ there is a nine-speaker sound system with front under-seat subwoofer, while ‘GT-Line S’ and ‘GT S’ have a concert hall quality 15-speaker harman/kardon premium system with subwoofer, external amp and front centre speaker.
On the one hand the 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 T-GDi is the fastest-accelerating Kia ever, with a 0-60mph time of 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 168mph, while on the other the 2.2-litre CRDi's combined fuel consumption of 50.4mpg gives it a touring range of comfortably more than 600 miles. All versions drive the rear wheels through an electronic eight-speed automatic gearbox.
All versions have Autonomous Emergency Braking, which automatically intervenes to stop the car if the driver fails to respond to a potential accident, and there is Lane Keep Assist to prevent a driver straying into an adjoining lane accidentally, and High Beam Assist to adjust the headlights according to other traffic and local lighting. Driver Attention Warning alerts a tired driver that it is time to take a break, and there is a Speed Limit Information system. ‘GT-Line S’ and ‘GT S’ supplement this with Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert: together, these act as an extra pair of eyes for the driver, warning of vehicles approaching out of his or her eye-line when changing lanes or exiting parallel parking spaces.
The Stinger comes in a range of fantastic colours. The standard paint finish is Sunset Yellow, while Pearl White, Midnight Black, Ceramic Grey, HiChroma Red and Panthera Metal are chargeable options. Whichever paint finish you choose, you're guaranteed to stand out from the crowd. There are three interior colour options, Black leather, grey leather or red leather.
Below are the Stinger prices:
Stinger GT-Line 2.0 T-GDi
Stinger GT-Line 2.2 CRDi
Stinger GT-Line S 2.0 T-GDi
Stinger GT-Line S 2.2 CRDi
Stinger GT S 3.3 T-GDi V6