The first introduction of Kia in Australia wasn’t too great. Whilst the cars were affordable, they weren’t anything notable or seemingly worth owning at all.
Recently however, Kia has really stepped it up when it comes to their production cars as well as their concept cars. Their latest awesome concept car is the Kia GT4 Stinger Concept.
Designed in California at their US design studio, the rear-wheel drive, 2+2 sports car not only gives a glimpse of where their design is heading, but also what a real shot at a proper sports car could be.
The aim of this concept was to bring the experience of driving a car to its raw roots – a “throwback to days when driving a car was a visceral experience that wasn’t muted by electronic gimmickry”.
So with that in mind, weight reduction, functionality and driver enjoyment was top priority and the usual luxurious of a grand touring vehicle was left in the parts bin.
Under the bonnet, Kia has popped its proven 2.0litre turbocharge petrol engine in and made it produce a very respectable 232kW of power. Not bad for a four-cylinder. That power is then put down to the road with 20-inch wheel wrapped in 275/35 R20 Pirelli P-Zero performance tyres, with the fronts having 235/35 R20 Pirelli’s.
Throughout the aluminium wheels, there are carbon fibre inserts designed to strengthen the wheel as well as greatly reduce the usual weight of big wheels like it has.
To make sure you can stop properly, there are 380, Brembo Gran Turimo two-piece, cross-drilled disc brakes with four-piston callipers. This should also mean prolong the life of braking performance during a track day.
Whilst the weight distribution isn’t perfect, it does achieve a 52 per cent front biased weight. 0-100km/h should also be achieved in around five-seconds. Not bad for a Kia at all.
Finally, the interior should please any car enthusiast with bucket seats, rubber floor mats and billet-aluminium pedals. The dash is also pretty straight forward with everything you need to know where you need it to be.
Unfortunately there aren’t plans to make this car a production vehicle but if interest is strong enough, I have no doubts we will see a production model inspired by this car.