Kia’s first-ever rear-wheel-drive grand tourer, the Stinger Gran Turismo, has arrived in the UK.
The Stinger was derived from the 2011 Kia GT Concept that first made an appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Fast forward six years and we now have the Stinger Gran Turismo that has gone into full production.
Kia claim that the eagerly awaited grand tourer “harks back to an era when traveling was all about the joy of the journey and getting to the final destination could be an anti-climax.” The Korean automaker sees the arrival of the Stinger as an opportunity to compete with other manufacturers in the realm of desirability and design, rather than durability and value which is what they are currently known for.
With prices starting from £31.995, the Stinger is available in three different trim lines – GT-Line, GT-Line S, and GT S – which are part of a five-model range. Kia has chosen three turbocharged engines for the Stinger: a 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 T-GDi engine, a 2.2-litre CRDi engine, and a 2.0-litre T-GDi engine.
As you would expect, the Stinger Gran Turismo is available with some nice bits of tech, including touchscreen navigation, autonomous emergency braking, electronic stability control, and blind spot detection, to name but a few. In short, you can equip it with everything you would need from a grand tourer for those long journeys and adventures.
Additionally, the Stinger will allow you to select from either a normal or sports driving mode to suit the situation and to add a sense of occasion it’s fitted with an active sound system that will relay the engine note to the cabin. Although this may seem somewhat artificial, in this case, being that the Stinger is a grand tourer and not a sports car, I see no harm in giving the engine noise a bit of a boost to enhance the overall experience.
The Stinger Gran Turismo is supplied with an electronic eight-speed automatic gearbox. Kia claims that the gearbox, which was designed in-house, “rewards drivers with immediate shifts and optimum fuel efficiency.” And in case you were wondering, it is possible to adjust the shift and throttle programs to suit your driving style. Oh, and drivers looking for a more involving ride can turn off automatic gear shifting and switch to manually changing gears with steering wheel-mounted paddles instead.
The stinger looks and sounds like an exciting car, and in my opinion, if it does well I can see it becoming a real contender in the grand tourer space. And, to top it all off, Kia will be offering the same seven-year/100,000-mile warranty as any of the company’s other models. This display of confidence definitely helps to make the Stinger Gran Turismo an even more viable option for potential buyers.