When you think of Kia, one vehicle characteristic that doesn't spring to mind is acceleration. The automaker is hoping to change that with its 2018 Stinger.
The stylish sport sedan will be offered with two powertrains at launch, and the more potent of these, a 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6, will enable 0-62 mph acceleration in 4.9 seconds. This is with the standard 8-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive setup.
Since this figure is for 0-62 mph acceleration, the 0-60 time should be even lower. Kia had previously hinted at 0-62 mph acceleration of 5.1 seconds, though this was only a target and not the actual performance result.
2018 Kia Stinger fitted with carbon fiber pack, 2017 Seoul auto showEnlarge Photo
Kia announced the 4.9-second figure at the Stinger’s Korean debut which took place earlier today at the 2017 Seoul auto show. Kia also used the Korean debut to present the Stinger in a new yellow paint finish and fitted with a carbon fiber pack that uses the lightweight material for the grille surround, air intakes and hood vents.
In this day of blistering numbers put up by everything from electronically assisted hyper machines to your standard 707-horsepower muscle sedans, 4.9 seconds doesn't exactly overwhelm. But stop and think about it for a second and realize that we’re talking about a Kia sedan that will blast from 0-60 mph faster than the previous-gen Ford Mustang GT. That's pretty darn quick.
If that’s a little too hot for you to handle, the Stinger will also be offered with a 255-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4. In other markets, there will also be a 197-hp turbocharged 2.2-liter inline-4 diesel. Sales start in late 2017.