Media personnel test drive new Kia Stinger

|     Ishan Ibrahim     |

LOCAL media personnel were yesterday given the chance to try out Grand Motors’ newly launched Kia Stinger fastback sports sedan with a test drive along the Jerudong-Tungku highway.

Driving the higher-end 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 model Stinger, the journalists had an enjoyable time, experiencing fully firsthand the new car’s performance and quality.

The Stinger, first unveiled at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, is Kia’s first attempt at a true performance car, reflecting the direction the Korean automotive giant is aiming for at present.

The Korean automaker’s formidable new sports sedan channels the spirit of historic grand tourers: power, elegance, and the capability of moving occupants in style, at speed.

At every stage of its development, the Stinger has been designed and engineered to be the perfect gran turismo.

The car features head-turning aesthetics, and ample room to accommodate five occupants and their luggage. It also provides a stable, unruffled ride, and nimble handling with engaging, rear-biased power delivery.

Kia Stinger is designed and engineered to be the perfect gran turismo
A member of the media during the Kia Stinger test-drive. – PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

For the Brunei market, the Stinger will be available in two engines options: a 2.0-litre turbo gasoline engine and a 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6.

The 3.3-litre engine model is capable of producing 370ps with a maximum torque output of 510Nm, and it accelerates from zero to 100kph in 5.1 seconds – making it the fastest accelerating and most powerful car Kia has ever produced. The 2.0-litre turbo gasoline engine model on the other hand is no slouch as well, capable of churning out 255ps of power output with 353Nm maximum torque.

The Kia Stinger is available in rear-wheel drive and equipped with a range of active safety systems, an electronically adjustable suspension system (Dynamic Stability Damping Control), and a five-mode driving system.

“The Kia Stinger represents a number of firsts for Kia Motors. Not only is it the brand’s first fastback sports sedan but it is also Kia’s first truly dedicated, and the highest performance model to date,” said Frankie Ho, Grand Motors’ managing director during the car’s launch on October 7.

“Countless decisions regarding design and engineering were made during the car’s conception to generate a true heart-pounding performance.” A result of years of dedicated design and development work, the Kia Stinger has been engineered to head-turning perfection, and represents the proud realisation of a longstanding dream of Kia’s design team to see the company chart a new design direction path.

World-renowned Kia top brass, which includes Peter Schreyer, Gregory Guillaume and Albert Biermann, has laboured over the Stinger’s conception for years, and it seems undeniable that the final outcome of their work has elevated the Kia brand to another level.

For more information or to book a test drive, visit the Kia Motors showroom in Beribi.