The Kia Stinger Will Make It To Production With 362 Horsepower Of Miata-Killing Performance

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It’s okay to pinch yourself but you’re still not dreaming.

A lesson to the timid: ask and you shall receive. Many of the finer things in life are acquired that way; the girl you thought was out of your league and even the concept car that was just too good to not make production. After all, if the public wants it, automakers will build it. Collective pleas for the Kia GT4 Stinger may be why Australian Kia executive Damien Meredith told Australia's Motoring that the Holden Commodore fighter will become a reality.

If it does, it will take the Stinger name that should accurately describe the car’s attitude. Not only will the two-door sports car be small and light, but it will pack a punch. The two engine options are a 3.8-liter V6 good for 311 horsepower and 293 lb-ft of torque and a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 that will make a truly insane 362 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. Like other Kias, the Stinger won’t be expensive although don’t expect bottom feeder prices. The entry-level engine will cost around $29,905 while the more powerful twin-turbo unit will start at $37,340. Even though the car will look new, Genisis drivers will feel familiar since the Stinger shares a rear-drive architecture and turbocharged engine with the G80 from Hyundai's upscale brand.

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An all-wheel drive model may also come at some point, but no one except Kia knows if this is a fact or more speculation. No mention was made either on whether the Kia would make it to the US, however Meredith said that the car would make a debut in Australia soon. The Kia representative said, “We can’t wait for CK (codename for the Stinger). It will be here in the third quarter of next year.” Given that Meredith represents Kia in Australia, the executive highlighted the Korean automaker hopes that the Stinger will sell strongly. Since Australia’s auto manufacturing is in the toilet, Kia hopes that the Stinger will steal customers that would otherwise buy a Holden Commodore or Ford Falcon. If it looks like the concept, we're sure it will.

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