Published on April 22nd, 2019 | by Subhash Nair0
Limited Edition Kia Stinger GTS Is Made to Chase M Cars
We already know the Kia Stinger is a fast car. It may sport a familiar, Korean badge, but this thing was engineered to match or even beat rivals from BMW and Porsche. So what can you expect from a more expensive, souped up Kia Stinger GTS? Well, the answer is MORE of everything (except actual units on the road).
Only 800 of these will be built, but they’re each getting a new dynamic all-wheel drive system (D-AWD) and carbon fibre parts. Of course, it wouldn’t be a limited edition car if it didn’t have its own ‘hero’ colour. For the Stinger GTS, that colour is “Federation” premium orange.
This new D-AWD system seems to be somewhat inspired by the one BMW put on their latest M5. This means it can be all-wheel drive most of the time, but behave like a rear-wheel drive car in some situations (like if you want to go drifting.) You’re in charge of where the power goes. Just select between Drive Modes for a different ratio of rear-biased power (Comfort=40:60, Sport=20:80, Drift=0:100). In Drift mode, the 8-speed automatic gearbox also holds gears.
Not only that, but the D-AWD system on the Kia Stinger GTS also has a mechanical limited slip rear differential too for better traction and power distribution.
Besides that, the Stinger GTS also comes with enhanced control logic that can detect counter steer and more. Mechanical limited slip rear differential is added to the D-AWD system, which is designed to enhance traction and distribute power more evenly between the rear wheels when slip is detected.
In terms of aesthetics, the Stinger GTS’s exterior get a few carbon fibre parts around the grille, side mirrors and vents as well as emblems that read ‘GTS’ and ‘Stinger’. Inside, Alcantara and Chamude cover parts like the steering wheel, centre console and headliner.
If you’re Malaysian, you probably won’t get to even see this Stinger GTS in the metal. But the regular Stinger is still a very special car and Naza Kia do have those in some of their showrooms. Why not check out what modern day Kias are like?
Since its debut nearly two years ago, the Kia Stinger has quickly become a crowd favorite, and at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, Kia Motors America gave driving purists yet another compelling reason to check out Kia’s highest performing sport sedan. Limited to just 800 units, the special edition Kia Stinger GTS punches up its on-road prowess with a newly developed dynamic all-wheel drive system (D-AWD) that inspires more spirited driving. With sport-inspired styling elements including genuine carbon fiber parts and a splashy new color that demands even more attention, the limited edition GTS is the one automotive enthusiasts will be lining up to drive.
Closing the Gap
During its short time on the market, the Stinger has established itself as a true competitor in the sport sedan segment with performance figures strong enough to embarrass its German rivals. Along the way, it has also redefined the Kia brand and consumer perception. But with all the praise and accolades the Stinger has received, Albert Biermann, head of research and development, strived for more. The result is a new version of the Stinger’s all-wheel-drive system peppered with rear-wheel drive DNA. Dubbed D-AWD, the system has been tweaked to close the gap in behavior between the AWD-equipped and RWD-equipped Stinger GT.
- Mechanical limited slip rear differential is added to the D-AWD system, which is designed to enhance traction and distribute power more evenly between the rear wheels when slip is detected
- Drive Mode Select amplifies rear-biased dynamics
- Comfort mode sends 60 percent of power to the rear for feeling of stability
- Sport mode sends 80 percent of power to the rear for more spirited driving
- Drift mode sends up to 100 percent of power to the rear wheels and holds gears without upshifting
- New Control Logic
- Slip Control and Counter Steer Detection
- Transmission Shift Pattern
- Stability Control
Available in either D-AWD or RWD, the Kia Stinger GTS maintains the Stinger GT’s potent powertrain underneath the hood.
- 3.3-liter V6 twin turbo
- 365 horsepower
- 376 lb-ft of torque
- 8-speed automatic transmission
The Hot Spot in the Stinger Lineup
Aside from what lies beneath, the GTS shows it’s not your average Stinger thanks to a number of exterior and interior enhancements tailored to make it look ready for time on the track or carving hairpin turns.
Exterior enhancements include:
- Exclusive “Federation” premium orange paint color
- Genuine carbon fiber parts that outline the signature tiger nose grille, side mirror caps and side vents
- GTS rear emblem
- Center Stinger emblem replaces the Kia logo on the trunk lid for more custom appearance
Inside, the Kia Stinger GTS adds more premium materials befitting of a true driver’s car.
- Steering wheel and center console swathed in Alcantara®
- Headliner blanketed in premium suede-like Chamude®
Handsomely and Affordably Equipped
Value continues to be pillar for the Kia Stinger GTS, with lots of tech, creature comforts and driver assistance systems. As part of the GTS treatment, the limited edition fastback includes:
- 720-watt Harman/Kardon premium audio system with QuantumLogic and Clari-Fi signal enhancing technology
- Wireless charger for compatible smartphones
Keeping it competitive, the Kia Stinger GTS hits the sweet spot in terms of pricing. With a start of production planned for spring 2019, the limited edition GTS is expected to have an MSRP starting around $44,000 for RWD and around $46,500 for D-AWD.