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Performance - The Primary Calling Card Of The KIA Stinger GT

Performance - The Primary Calling Card Of The KIA Stinger GT


If the chassis symbolizes the bones of a gran turismo, then surely the available powertrains represent its heart. Oriented longitudinally and set rearward beneath the long, sculpted hood, a choice of two turbocharged engines are available.

THIS ... from the presentation press materials:

The 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder Theta II engine produces 255 horsepower at 6,200 rpm with 260 lb.-ft. of maximum torque available from 1,400 – 4,000 rpm, propelling the Stinger from 0-60 mph in just 5.9 seconds.

Performance credentials are further enhanced through the available 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 Lambda II engine, which produces 365 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and offers 376 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,350 – 4,500 rpm. With more power on tap than the Audi S5 Sportback, BMW 440i Gran Coupe, and Infiniti Q50, the Stinger GT is positioned to be a worthy challenger to the competition.

As such, the Stinger GT accelerates to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, quicker than the six-cylinder Porsche Panamera. Pushing the twin turbocharged V6 to its full potential will allow the Stinger GT to achieve a governed top speed of 167 mph.

A much better luxury sport sedan solution than the previous introduction a couple of years ago with the KIA K900. All vent and scoop ports are functional ... for example - not just style adornments.

The Stinger further features an in-house designed second-generation eight-speed rear-drive automatic transmission. Engineering more typically found in aviation, and racing-engine applications, the transmission features Kia’s first use of a Centrifugal Pendulum Absorber (CPA) torque converter on the 2.0L to help reduce torsional vibrations through the drivetrain and has been designed with an oil cooler to more efficiently handle heat build-up. 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 five different shift patterns may be selected through the vehicle’s electronic drive-mode system. Throttle mapping is also adjusted accordingly.

The Stinger GT marks the Pre-Stinger KIA and the Post-Stinger KIA ... a demarcation line has been drawn in the perception of KIA Motors as a car company.

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... notes from The EDJE