The Kia GT4 Stinger
New ‘rival’ for the Toyota GT-86 and Subaru BRZ
The Kia GT4 Stinger is a 2+2 front engined coupe which is powered by a 311bhp 2.0 litre turbocharged four cylinder engine taken from Kia’s Optima race cars. It is currently strictly a concept car but if it makes production the GT4 will be cheaper than the Toyota GT-86 which starts at approximately £25,000. If the GT4 Stinger does get the green light then it would be in showrooms by 2016.
The Stinger is the same length as a Kia Cee’d and much lower and wider and has a shorter wheelbase. At the front the latest interpretation of Kia’s tiger nose grille is apparent which has a surround that glows white. It is flanked by vertical LED headlamps and the clamshell bonnet has chrome accents as well as bulges that accommodate the 20inch alloy wheels. The black front pillars give the windscreen a wraparound look and the pillars incorporate transparent sections that are designed to improve visibility. The body of the car widens at the rear and there are LED rear lights that illuminate from behind a black panel that stretches the width of the car.
The interior is purposeful in design and very minimal. A pull of the billet-aluminium door handles reveals incredibly lightweight doors, but their generous width makes dropping into the molded leather race-inspired bucket seats a breeze.
There is no carpet, only a rubber floor mat underneath the billet-aluminium pedals. Front and centre to the driver is a thick D-shaped steering wheel and red LED-illuminated instrument panel with large tachometer and gear indicator. In keeping with the track theme and taking inspiration from sports and competition cars of the past, interior door handles have been replaced by red-stitched pull straps. In fact, the GT4 Stinger makes do without the luxury of a stereo. The audio system starts under the hood and the speakers are the exhaust pipes. Underway, the GT4 Stinger’s free-flow exhaust burbles and blurts unabashedly and is music to the ears of driving enthusiasts everywhere.
Tom Kearns, Chief Designer, Kia Design Center America (KDCA) said “driving enjoyment was the number one priority in designing the GT4 Stinger. It’s a 2+2 sports car that can turn heads as a daily driver while also being right at home on the track. It’s about purity, simplicity and timelessness. The GT4 Stinger is a throwback to days when driving a car was a visceral experience that wasn’t muted by electronic gimmickry.” Let's hope this fantastic looking car makes it to production.