Detroit Auto Show: Kia teases their first sports car GT4 Stinger, albeit as a concept
With the Detroit Auto Show 2014 in full swing, automakers from around the world are getting the opportunity to show off their notional development of variant car designs. Well, in that regard, Korean second largest automobile manufacturer Kia Motors has flummoxed us all with the company’s first practical sports car. Christening it as the GT4 Stinger, the automaker has already made it known that they don’t have any current plans to put the car in production. However, given Kia’s good track record in pushing conceptions to the commercial realm, along with some ‘too-much-details’ figures in the their press release (like the car’s weight), we might just see the GT4 Stinger leaving off the assembly line in the near future.
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In terms of automobile type, the GT4 Stinger has been envisaged as a 2+2, rear-drive coupe that according to the company – ‘harks back to the glory days of purebred, affordable sports cars’. Its complementary under-the-hood features boasts of a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that can achieve a robust 315 horsepower. The power-train is handled by a six-speed manual transmission, while the body is supported by Pirelli P-Zero performance tires wound around 20-inch aluminium center-lock wheels. The braking scope is bolstered by 15-inch Brembo Gran Turismo brakes and four-piston calipers with enhanced stopping power.
The interesting thing is – Kia has also divulged the overall weight of the GT4 Stinger,which stands at 2,874 pounds. This is not the standard practice for automakers when it involves conceptual designs. However for us, it might be a welcome sign that the company is actually gearing up for a full commercial release in the future.
In any case, the GT4 Stinger is certainly an impressive take on the retro sports cars of yesteryear. We are specially enticed by the seamless positioning of the body panels around the chassis and the vertical LED headlamps on the front side.
Via: Kia Press Release