After offering a glimpse earlier this month, Kia officially unveiled its new concept car at Detroit’s Auto Show Monday (Jan. 13): the GT4 Stinger.
Shown here in Ignition Yellow, the silhouette boasts that of an exotic sports car, featuring the brand’s signature grille, which rests low to the ground for maximum engine cooling and cold-air induction. It’s surround glows white and features a multi-layered, satin-black border, a theme that is found throughout the car. Flanking the grille on both sides are vertical LED headlamps, and front-brake cooling vents intricately molded into the bumper, while a carbon fiber front splitter mounted below the bumper provides added down force at high speed.
Under the hood of the aggressive concept is Kia’s 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline direct-injected (T-GDI) four-cylinder engine, pushing out 315 horsepower to the rear wheels via a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission.
The GT4 also features custom 20-inch aluminum center-lock wheels with carbon fiber inserts for strength and weight reduction, while Brembo Gran Turismo two-piece 15-inch cross-drilled rotors and four-piston calipers are hidden behind for stopping power.
“Driving enjoyment was the number one priority in designing the GT4 Stinger,” said Tom Kearns, chief designer, Kia Design Center America (KDCA). “It’s an authentic 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.”