It's finally here! Kia's long-awaited performance four-door is now a reality
► New 2017 Kia Stinger fastback revealed
► Top-spec GT version packs 365bhp V6
► ‘Nimble and fast while also luxurious and quiet’
The launch of the new flagship Kia Stinger, however, may mark a turning point in the perception of the company. This aggressive-looking five-seat fastback, which is an evolution of the GT concept from 2011, is described as the ‘highest-performance production vehicle in Kia’s history.’
With a turbocharged 2.0-litre four in the base model and a twin-turbo V6 in the top spec Stinger GT, the Stinger will be available with either rear or all-wheel-drive in the United States, but it’s unknown if that choice will be extended to the other side of the Atlantic. Let’s be honest, though – the one we’re really interested in is the rear-drive, twin-turbo V6, with Brembo four-piston callipers up front, multilink suspension in the rear and a 720-watt Harman/Kardon stereo in the middle. According to Kia, it’s the “highest-performance production vehicle in the company’s history”, which is a pretty enticing concept, as is its 3.3-litre, twin-turbo V6, with 365bhp and 376lb ft of torque. More enticing is a zero to 62mph figure of 5.1 seconds and a top speed of 167mph. All from a four-door Kia.