Korean automaker Kia has just announced the release of the newest vehicle in their fleet, the “Stinger” four door coupe. Kia originally became a consumer favorite by focusing specifically on producing affordable cars and SUV’s for the average family. Working class families are what automotive companies refer to as “mass market” car buyers.
Kia has steadily grown to become both powerful and respected in the automotive world, and currently they’re one of the best-selling automobile manufacturers in existence. This is due mostly to their partnership with Ford, but also because of their American based production efforts. Kia is currently ranked #1 by J.D. Power and Associates for model reliability.
Kia hasn’t released the official price tag on the Stinger yet, but it’s scheduled to hit showrooms later on this year.
The Germans have dominated the premium vehicle market for decades, and have never had any real form of stiff competition, until now. And although this is just a single car, if the release goes well, Kia will be unveiling additional premium vehicle options in the near future.
Kia seems to be making all the right moves in their attempt to “dethrone” Germany as the no-questions-asked King of the premium car market. And to do this, they’ve pulled out all the stops. First, they hired the very same German design team behind Volkswagen, Audi, and BMW. The Stinger feels and drives the same as other authentic German vehicles, because it actually IS one.
And the performance specs on the Stinger are equally as impressive. 0-60 in 5.1 seconds, a top speed of 167 MPH, and turbo quad tailpipes. The base model comes with limited slip, but you can choose to upgrade your Kia Stinger package to All Wheel Drive if you like. Both versions come with an 8 speed automatic transmission, touchscreen and navigation package standard.
A 255 HP – 2.0 Liter Turbo Four comes stock with the Stinger, but you can opt for a larger 365-HP – 3.3 Liter Twin-Turbo V-6 upgrade if you like.