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2018-04-19 08:02

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Johannesburg – Following growing public interest after its surprise appearance at the 2017 South African Motoring Experience at Kyalami, Kia SA has confirmed that its Stinger sedan is set to make its local debut later this year.

A limited number of the "most powerful Kia" created yet will arrive locally in August 2018.

The fastest Kia yet 

Kia South Africa will introduce the Stinger in GT trim, powered by the high-performance 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine that develops 272kW at 6000 r/min and 510Nm of torque between 1300 and 4500 r/min.

Full specification details and prices of the SA-bound KIA Stinger will be announced at the end of April 2018.

'Everyday dream car'

Gary Scott, CEO of KIA Motors South Africa, said: "Unlike any KIA that has come before it, the Stinger is the embodiment of an everyday dream car.

"From its birth as the GT concept, through the years of tuning and refining it on the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife, no detail was spared to create a true gran turismo."

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Scott said: "It is not about outright power, hard-edged dynamics and brutal styling at the expense of luxury, comfort and grace. Instead, it’s a driver’s car equally suitable for spirited long-distance driving and everyday enjoyment."

The Kia Stinger was designed in Europe by Peter Schreyer, KIA’s Chief Design Officer and President.

Already an award winner

The car’s chassis and drivetrain were honed at the Nürburgring Nordschleife and on some of the most dynamically challenging driving roads around the world.

Since making its global debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show and going on sale in global markets late last year, Stinger has been honoured with a series of prestigious awards.

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Most crucially, the Stinger was shortlisted for both the North American and European Car of the Year awards, as well as the 2018 World Car of the Year Awards.

Its sleek gran turismo looks have resulted in a 2018 “iF design award”, one of the most prestigious pan-industrial design awards, as well as a “Best of the Best” award at the 2018 Red Dot Design Awards, while its 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine has been named on the Ward’s ’10 Best Engines’ list for 2018.

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Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that drives power to the rear wheels, Stinger is the most powerful and fastest-accelerating production KIA ever, with a 0 to 100km/h sprint time of 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 270 km/h.

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