The journey is the reward
Compared with the international competition KIA among the newcomers in the automotive industry. There are not even 50 years that the Koreans with the BRISA built a car for the first time. 1998 KIA fell due to the Asian financial crisis in the bankruptcy, then under the wing of the Hyundai group. From then on, it went steeply uphill. 2002 had tinted the former Deputy Chief of the KIA Myung Hun Jafari, "no later than 2010 we want to stand with the world's five largest automobile producers on eye level" and is promptly moved to the derision of the establishment.
As World Cup, at the time, advised Mr Juhn, to keep the ball flat. Now that is no question. The KIA Stinger, latest addition to the Koreans, once again proves that.
KIA is also embarrassed 2017 to superlatives. Gregory Guillaume, the Chief Designer at KIA Motors Europe in the Group's own design studio in Frankfurt, is convinced: "The Stinger is the most important car in KIA history." Was the Stinger local motor show in the U.S. version shown publicly for the first time on 9 January in Detroit at the Guillaume unveiled the car in its version for the European market only nine days later in Milan. "In accordance with the city of fashion and the arts", as the France-born Guillaume said. The car is based after six years of design and development work at KIA in Germany on the 2011 featured GT study. In the fourth quarter of 2017 he should be here available to land.
According to his creator is thought the Stinger rather for travel rather than the grass, although he made paper when it comes to performance extremely sporty on the road can be. According to its designers, it is less "to packed power, stubborn dynamics or brutal styling". Luxury, comfort and emotion stand in the foreground: "a car for spirited remote driving. The journey is the reward. It's not, to come first."
With its comparatively narrow front, the sleek flanks and the powerful hips, the Stinger should radiate muscular confidence: instead of aggression and brutality despite strong and broad shoulders more elegance and athleticism. It would be not politically incorrect, you could say that it is a thoroughly masculine car, might find favor even (or especially?) at the women's world. With a length of 4.80 metres and a width of 1.90 meters, the car is longer and wider than many sports sedans and allows a spacious interior and trunk.
Under the long hood of the Stinger, one located by three turbo engines mounted longitudinally, that are currently in the final stages of the vote prior to the entry into production according to customer requirements. Exclusive, Kia offers a 2.2-litre turbodiesel for Europe. He has 149 kW / 202 HP at 3800 RPM in the minute and catapulted the car from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 225 km/h.
The 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder petrol engine producing 188 kW / 255 HP at 6200 RPM. KW is a 3.6-liter V6 with twin turbo and a peak output of 272 as the most powerful engine of the Stingers / 370 Horsepower at 6000 rpm and 510 nm torque of 1300 to 4500 RPM in the offer. Stinger models, which are driven by this turbocharged engine, get in just 5.1 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h and are the fastest accelerating cars by KIA. The speed limit is 270 km/h. The Stinger is equipped with the second generation of electronic eight-speed automatic by KIA, which is supplied in conjunction with all engines. The transmission, which was developed in-house, should inspire the driver or the driver with fast switching and optimum fuel efficiency according to KIA.
Is proud to introduce the KIA engineers on suspension and handling their new and often emphasize that they to gain fundamental insights in test laps on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring. Ever, they refer again and again on the German influence on the design and development of chassis of cars at the Frankfurt KIA Studios. Then the new Kia Stinger is a real Hesse, also with Korean genes. (ampnet/hrr)