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NowCar 2018 Kia Stinger Launch May

Update on the 2018 Kia Stinger Launching in May

Written By, Jordan R.

The 2018 Kia Stinger debuted at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show in January, and it was just one of many high performance cars that would be introduced for the 2018 model year. With the Kia Stinger set to launch in May 2017, it’s time to freshen up the data and take a look at what’s under the hood.

Then and Now - Engine

When the 2018 Kia Stinger first debuted, we knew about two engines and two trims. A 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder Theta engine that generates 255 horsepower is standard on the Stinger, and a 370-horsepower 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 Lambda II engine, which has a top speed of 167 mph, is standard on the Kia Stinger GT. Both turbocharged, this speaks volumes of Kia’s goal to make a vehicle that looks as good as it drives. Now there’s a third engine and third trim on the lineup, and although name of the new trim has yet to be released, we know it will be equipped with a 2.2-liter diesel engine. No word if more trims are planned for release.

Then and Now - Driving and Handling

When the Kia Stinger first revealed itself, a second-generation 8-speed rear-drive automatic transmission was set to be the standard transmission. Although automatic, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters will be accessible for manual gear shifting. A Dynamic Stability Damping Control will also be available with the Stinger so that drivers may change the suspension lift of their vehicle electronically. The modes are: Personal, Eco, Sport, Comfort, and Smart. Each mode will change the throttle response, steering feel, and overall engine output of the Stinger.

The initial setup of the drivetrain is rear-wheel drive, but drivers can opt in for all-wheel drive on the first two trims. No word if that is possible for the diesel engine. A recent tidbit released is a launch control function being integrated into Kia Stingers with all-wheel drive. This will be an electronic aid that will allow drivers to accelerate rapidly the moment they hit the gas pedal - wonder if it pops a wheelie like the SRT Demon did at the New York International Auto Show …

At this time, the final guestimate on the starting MSRP is $27,000. The timeframe for exports isn’t certain, but the 2018 Kia Stinger is supposed to go global next month, May 2017.

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