At an event that is typically dominated by presentations from American auto businesses Kia Motors America (KMA) stole the spotlight with the world debut of the all-new 2018 Kia Stinger at the 2018 North American Worldwide Auto Show. A five-passenger fastback sports activities sedan poised to redefine a segment currently populated by European automakers, the Kia Stinger promises to be the highest-performance manufacturing vehicle in the organization’s background and is backed by Kia Motors’ industry-leading high quality and reliability. Offered with various engine and drivetrain configurations and luxurious accommodations, the Kia Stinger is planned to go on purchase in the U.S. in late 2017.
“Unlike any Kia that has come before it, the Stinger really is a dream car for us, and here today in Detroit, that dream is now a reality after years of commitment and hard work from a enthusiasmate group of designers engineers and executives around the world,”
stated Orth Hedrick, vice leader product planning, Kia Motors America.
“From its GT concept-car origins to the years of tuning and refining on the legendary Nurburgring circuit, no fine detail was too small to be obsessed over, and the result is simply spectacular.”
Instantly recognizable as a direct evolution of the concept that preceded it, the all-new 2018 Kia Stinger design was overseen by Peter Schreyer, Kia Motors’ chief design officer, and his gifted group of designers in Frankfurt. Ride and handling development was looked after by Albert Biermann, head of Kia’s Vehicle Test and High Performance Development and his group of engineers in Korea and on the grueling Nurburgring racing circuit.
But what makes a true gran turismo? This question was the discovered for a years-lengthy journey that began when the GT concept was very very very very very very very first unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Even though Kia design research has a objective the GT concept was anything considered by many outside the organization as small more than a dream for a brand known for producing mass-market transportation rooted in value. But the GT ignited embers of enthusiasm that sparked a fire within the organization and over the next 5 years that fire would grow beyond fantasy and change into reality.
Once the Kia Stinger was green lighted, that gran turismo question became a mantra as development commenced. Coming from Kia, the design had to be bold. And it was. But it also had to be nimble and fast while also luxurious and quiet. It had to achieve the perfect balance of ride and handling and seat 5 comfort and easeably with room for luggage. It had to be a lot of issues but most of all, it had to be an authentic gran turismo. And it is.
Turning a concept into a manufacturing car is no small task and Schreyer looked no additional than Kia’s Frankfurt studio – the birthplace of the GT concept – to bring the Stinger to life.
“A true gran turismo, a car for spirited lengthy-range driving, is not concerning outright power, hard-edged powerfuls and brutal styling, all at the expense of luxury, comfort and ease and grace,”
information Gregory Guillaume, chief designer, Kia Motors Europe.
“The Stinger has nothing to do with being the very very very very very very very first to appear at the location – this car is all concerning the journey. It’s concerning enthusiasm.”
From its sleek front clip through its svelte flanks, and up to its powerful haunches, the Kia Stinger exudes a muscular confidence. Key to its road presence are the rear-wheel-drive proportions; a lengthy hood and short front overhang, an extended wheelbase to deliver a spacious cabin, and a lengthy rear overhang with strong shoulders. The Stinger’s stance and visual balance are designed to lend the car an air of beauty and athleticism, rather than boy-racer aggression.
The wide front and rear track, alengthy with the recessed contours alengthy the doors, enhance the visual power of the Stinger’s shoulder line as well as its fastback silhouette. Other purely functional elements of the exterior design – the front air curtains, wheel arch gills, sleek underbody, and integrated rear diffuser – aid its aeropowerful efficiency. The rear valance houses 4 oval exhaust pipes. Kia’s unique ‘tiger-nose’ grille sits proudly in in in between complex LED headlamps.
The low-slung cabin with its steeply raked windshield and backlight, sits toward the rear of vehicle, creating a fast silhouette. Inside is a room dedicated to the thrill of driving while cosestablishedting the occupants in luxury. Available ultra-soft Nappa leather covers the seriously contoured seats and the driver’s seat has available air-cell bladders in the seatback and bolsters for optimal support and comfort and ease. A confident dashboard creates a strong horizontal plane for the driver to work. The center console is intuitively split into two specific regions: the infotainment controls sit neatly beneath a large color touchscreen, while the climate and ventilation controls nestle beneath. Front and center of the driver is a thick, leather-wrapped steering wheel and a single instrument binnacle with a combination of analog and digital instrumentation. The large gauges are ringed in metal and accentuated with sweeping red needles. A color TFT screen in in in between the gauges relays performance data this kind of as cornering G-forces, lap times and engine-oil temperature, alengthy with ancillary information this kind of as the trip computer, driver establishedtings, navigation and diagnostics. Aeronautically-inspired spoked circular vents are discovered front and rear and a tasteful satin chrome trim item encircles the cabin. The effect is a feeling of cocooned intimacy. But the lengthy wheelbase allows for generous front and rear leg room and the low seating position provides ample head room front and back.
Joining the organization from BMW in December, 2014, Albert Biermann’s very very very very very very very first look at the Stinger signaled to him a car that had to live up to its spectacular design from at the rear of the wheel.
“I think for the Kia brand, the Stinger is like a special event,”
“Because nobody expects this kind of a car, not just the way it appears but also the way it drives. It’s a whole different animal.”
Setting the manufacturing hard-points of the body-in-white would define Kia Stinger and the engineers looked carefully throughout a landscape dotted with contenders. At 114.4 in the Stinger’s wheelbase is lengthyer than the Audi A4, Infiniti Q50, Lexus IS, BMW 4 Gran Coupe and even the Lexus GS and Mercedes CLS. It’s also lengthyer general (190.2 inches) and wider (73.6 inches) than the others in the segment, permitting for spacious accommodations. The Stinger’s cargo region is also larger than many in its class, with enough room for full-size luggage or golf bags and a power liftgate with Smart Trunk functionality is available.
Riding on a chassis comprised of 55 percent sophisticated high-strength steel, the Stinger provides an ultra-stiff discoveredation for the ride-and-handling engineers to work with. This rigidity also contributes to reduced NVH and a quiet cabin. The MacPherson front and multi-link rear suspension has been tuned to provide optimal suggestions to the driver. A Kia very very very very very very very very first ride-damping and vehicle handling characteristics may be altered by the driver through an electronically adjustable suspension known as Dynamic Stability Damping Control. While usually reacting predictably to the driver’s inputs, depending on road conditions and driving design the Stinger can be tuned to respond with more agility through corners as the program softens the front shocks and firms up the rear. Conversely, improved high-pace stability is accomplished when the program stiffens the front shocks and softens the rear. The program is accessed through 5 drive modes (another Kia very very very very very very very first): Personal, Eco, Sport Comfort and Smart.
Standard variable ratio Rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS) offers razor-sharp suggestions through direct mounting of the electric motor on the steering rack, enhancing steering response and reducing unwanted vibration from transmitting through the column. Steering boost is also adjustable through the 5 selectable drive modes.
If the chassis symbolizes the bone fragments of a gran turismo, then surely the available powertrains represent its heart. Oriented lengthyitudinally and established rearward beneath the lengthy, sculpted hood, a choice of two turbocharged engines are available.
While every engines are nevertheless under development, the standard 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder Theta II engine creates an believed 255 horsepower at approximately 6,200 rpm. Maximum torque of 260 lb.-ft. is available from 1,400 – 4,000 rpm. Performance credentials are additional enhanced through the available 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 Lambda II engine, which is anticipated to produce 365 horsepower at an believed 6,000 rpm and offer max torque of 376 lb.-ft. from 1,300 – 4,500 rpm. Kia is targeting 5.1 seconds to 62 mph and a top pace of 167 mph with the twin turbocharged V6.
The Kia Stinger functions a second-generation eight-pace rear-drive transmission. Very very very very very first offered in the K900 luxury sedan, the gearbox has been designed in-house and rewards drivers with crisp shifts and maximized fuel efficiency. More typically discovered in aviation- and racing-engine applications the transmission functions Kia’s very very very very very very very first use of a Centrifugal Pendulum Absorber (CPA) torque converter to help reduce torsional vibrations through the drivetrain. Drivers can let the gearbox manage shifts on its own or may selectively run through the gears via paddle shifters mounted aft of the steering wheel. As with the suspension and steering, up to 5 different shift patterns may be selected through the vehicle’s electronic drive-mode program. Throttle mapping is also adjusted accordingly.
Recognizing that enthusiasmate drivers may not usually reside in optimal climes, the Stinger is Kia’s very very very very very very very first sedan available with rear- or all-wheel drive. Rear-wheel biased for optimal control in the wet or dry, the AWD program functions a new Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control program which monitors driver inputs and road conditions and ally applies power and braking force to the appropriate wheels to keep course in adverse conditions. Rear-drive vehicles get the benefit of a mechanical limited slip differential to help evenly distribute power through the rear wheels.
A choice of alloy wheels and tires are also offered. The 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder models ride on 225/45R-18 performance tires while the 3.3-liter V6 is shod with staggered ultra-high performance rubber; 225/40R-19 in front and 255/35R-19 at the rear. Vented Brembo® disc brakes are standard on the 3.3-liter twin turbo and feature quad-piston front calipers and dual-piston rear calipers.
Advanced Technology & Convenience
Offering luxurious amenities and unpredicted functions have become part of Kia’s DNA and the Stinger continues that tradition. Multiple Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) seamlessly work together to enhance the driving experience.
In the United States, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conservatively estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes are the direct result of driver fatigue every year. This outcomes in an believed 1,550 deaths, and 71,000 injuries annually. A Kia very very very very very very very first is the new Driver Attention Alert (DAA) program to help combat distracted or drowsy driving. The program monitors a number of inputs from the vehicle and the driver and will seem a warning chime and display a graphic in the instrument binnacle that it’s time to take a break from driving if it senses the driver’s attention level has been significantly reduced.
Forward Collision Assistance (FCA) with integrated Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection can detect a potential collision with another vehicle or pedestrian and help bring the car to a halt. Advanced Smart Luxury cruise Control (ASCC) keeps a pre-established range in in in between the Stinger and the vehicle in front and can bring the car to a full stop in congested traffic. Lane Keep Assist (LKA) actively monitors the vehicle’s intended lane and will alert the driver with an audible warning alengthy with providing steering input to help keep the vehicle’s position. Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) tests the region at the rear of the vehicle when backing from a parking room and will alert the driver with an audible warning if mix traffic is detected.
Connectivity, amusement and vehicle information can be as important as a powerful driving experience and the Stinger comes to market with the latest infotainment programs. The height-adjustable color Head-Up Display (HUD) display enables the driver to see crucial driving information reflected on the windshield glass, such as pace, turn-by-turn navigation, audio and cruise control establishedtings and Blind Spot Detection information. Resting within the center console is a wireless Smartphone charging pad and Bluetooth® hands-free operation is standard while many of the vehicle’s subprograms may be accessed through the steering-wheel-mounted controls.
Long-range travel is a corridormark of the gran turismo ownership experience and there is a trio of high-performance audio programs designed to turn the interior into a powerful concert corridor as the miles cloud by. The base audio program for the 2.0-liter turbo functions six-speakers and a seven-inch haptic touchscreen with the latest version of UVO, Kia’s award-winning telematics programs. The standard program discovered in the 3.3-liter twin turbo ups the speaker count to nine and includes an external amplifier. The available premium Harman/Kardon® audio program pumps out 720 watts through an external amplifier to provide crystal-clear music. With 15 speakers and Kia’s very very very very very very very first under-seat mounted subwoofers tucked beneath the driver and passenger seats, the program functions Clari-Fi™, a patented music restoration technology that rebuilds audio signals that are misplaced in the digital compression process. This technology returns a high-fidelity listening experience to any compressed digital source. The program also comes equipped with next-generation QuantumLogic™ Surround Sound technology, which extracts signals from the original recording and redistributes them into an authentic, multidimensional seemstage for playback that is clear refined and full of fine detail.