Published on April 21st, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


We Spot Our First Kia Stinger In Malaysia

Late last year the Kia Stinger arrived in Malaysia in two variants. There was a 2.0L twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder for RM239k and a 3.3L twin-turbo for RM309k.

“Driven by Kia’s motto‘The Power to Surprise’, the Kia Stinger was set to usher in a new era ofinnovation for the Korean brand while preserving its DNA to deliver the bestperformance, comfort and features.

Malaysians lovedits design and commented positively on its features but the asking price wastoo high because it was fully imported and at that price point a German sedanwith less features and kit takes more attention from Malaysian buyers.

There were stilla handful of buyers and we only just managed to spot one after months of itsarrival. With its sleek fastback silhouette and rear-wheel-drive proportions,the Kia Stinger commands attention wherever it goes. As a gran turismo purebred, its roofline sits at a perfect angle toprovide aerodynamic benefits as air flows over the bonnet and roof, and off theback of the car while maintaining a pleasing aesthetic. The wide front and reartrack, along with the recessed contours along the doors, enhance the visualpower of the Kia Stinger’s shoulder line as well as its fastback silhouette.

The Kia Stinger’saerodynamic profile is further enhanced with the bodywork tapered slightlytowards the rear of the car and new ‘gills’ introduced behind the front wheelarches, each serving to reduce wake turbulence as air passes over the car’sflanks.

The aggressive stanceis amplified with Kia’s signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille, sitting proudly at thefront between complex full LED headlamps and accentuated with honeycomb-shaped,dark-chromed, hot-stamped patterns added onto a black base to ensure a premiumexterior.

The Kia Stinger’saesthetic value has already gained recognition worldwide, having received anEyesOn Design award for Production Car Design Excellence at the North AmericanInternational Auto Show (NAIAS) in 2017.

Inside, a sleekand sophisticated cabin space evokes a minimally luxurious feel with itsaircraft-style design and high-quality finishes in modern key colours.Ultra-soft Nappa leather envelops the deeply contoured seats for the 3.3L V6 GTtrim and natural leather is available for the 2.0L GT-Line. Both variants offer8-way power driver seat and 4-way mechanical lumbar support, creating a spacededicated to the thrill of driving while cossetting the occupants with luxury.

Aeronauticallyinspired circular vents at the front and rear and a satin chrome ringtastefully encircles the rest of the cabin, creating the effect of cocoonedintimacy, a feeling further elevated by warm and inviting LED lights thatsoftly illuminate the finely-crafted interior.

Key to its roadpresence lies in the pounding hearts under the sculpted hood, where a choice oftwo turbocharged engines are available. The 2.0L twin-scroll turbochargedfour-cylinder Theta II T-GDi engine produces 251 horsepower at 6,200 rpm with353Nm of maximum torque available from 1,400 – 4,000 rpm, propelling theStinger from 0 to 100km/h in just 6.0 seconds. Performance credentials arefurther enhanced through the 3.3L twin-turbo V6 Lambda T-GDi engine, which seesthe racehorse accelerating to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds with its 365 horsepower at6,000 rpm and offers 510Nm of torque from 1,300 – 4,500 rpm – ultimatelyproving itself to be a worthy challenger to the competition.

The Kia Stingerfeatures an in-house designed second-generation eight-speed rear-wheel driveautomatic transmission. The transmission also features Kia’s first use of aCentrifugal Pendulum Absorber (CPA) torque converter on the 2.0L GT-Line tohelp reduce torsional vibrations through the drivetrain, a technology moretypically found in aviation- and racing-engine applications.

For intuitivecontrol and smarter, more spirited driving, the Stinger’s innovativeShift-By-Wire transmission control allows the driver to interchange betweentransmission modes through electronic controls. The gearbox can be set tointuitively manage shifts on its own or selectively run through the gears viapaddle shift levers mounted behind the steering wheel. As with the suspensionand steering, the Stinger’s rear-wheel drive system is fully integrated withits 5-Drive Mode, offering distinct calibration between comfort and sportmodes.

From its GTconcept-car origins to the years of tuning and refining on the legendary Nürburgring circuit, the Kia Stingerproved its mettle to handle even the most demanding road conditions withcomposed poise, contributed by the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) that featuresthe sophisticated Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control system. This system monitorsdriver inputs and road conditions and then automatically distributes power inreal-time based on the driving situation, minimising understeer in the processand gives the driver confidence to maneuver in even in the most inclementweather. Other powerful features include Electronically-Controlled Suspension(ECS) and Rack-mounted Motor-Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS).

Otherindustry-leading safety features include Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC),Antilock Braking System (ABS), Traction Control System (TCS) and CorneringBrake Control (CBC), Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW), Rear Cross-TrafficCollision Warning and 7 airbags. Due to its advanced safety technologies, theKia Stinger received the highest rating of 5 stars from Euro NCAP.

The Kia Stingerrides on a chassis comprised of 55 percent advanced high-strength steel, and theMacPherson front setup features large diameter shock absorbers, high-strengthwheel bearings, and an aluminium strut brace, while the reinforced five-linkrear suspension is mounted to a stiffened rear subframe for outstandingdurability.

The 2.0Lturbocharged four-cylinder GT-Line models ride on 225/45R-18 performanceall-season tires (18 inch alloy), while the 3.3L V6 GT model is equipped withstaggered ultra-high performance Continental ContiSportContact 5 tires that havebeen specifically engineered and tuned for the Stinger – 225/40R-19 in frontand 255/35R-19 at the rear (19 inch alloy).

Additionally, theKia Stinger GT trim’s stopping power comes from standard high-performanceBrembo® disc brakes featuring quad-piston front calipers anddual-piston rear calipers.  Thelightweight monobloc all-aluminium calipers reduce unsprung weight and arecoupled with large diameter brake discs (13.8-inch front and 13.4-inch rear)that quickly dissipate heat and help to deliver short stopping distances.

The Stinger’slong wheelbase at 2,905mm is ahead of its segment, and boasts a longer andwider body than many others in the same segment at 4830mm and 1,870mmrespectively. This advantage allows for generous front and rear legroom whilethe lowered hip point provides ample headroom even for the tallest occupants.With 406 litres of boot space, the Kia Stinger’s boot area is also larger thanmany of its competitors, with enough space to accommodate full-size luggage orgolf bags.

Taking in-cartechnology to the next level is the high dashboard with a powerful dose ofdynamics and pure emotion interior that lays out a strong horizontal plane forthe driver. The center console is intuitively split into two specific areas:the infotainment system and an 8-inch floating navigation touchscreenintegrated with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while climate andventilation controls nestle beneath.

Central to thedriver is a ‘D-cut’ type of GT and GT-Line steering wheel draped in thickhand-stitched multifunction leather for a sporty look and feel. A crystal-clear7-inch TFT LCD landscape cluster display sits between the gauge displays torelay performance data such as cornering G-forces, lap times and engine-oiltemperature (available for 3.3L GT variant only), along with ancillaryinformation such as the trip computer, driver settings, navigation anddiagnostics.

Scenic drives arenot complete without a superior sound system. The Kia Stinger’s 15-speakerHarman Kardon premium speaker system further amplifies the dynamic drivingexperience of the Kia Stinger, accompanying occupants on the road with crispsound clarity.

Other amenitiesincluded in the Kia Stinger for a pleasurable driving experience are Colour Head-UpDisplay (HUD), Dynamic Bending Light (DBL), Around View (AVM) with DrivingRear-View (DRM) Monitors, Integrated Memory System (IMS) for the driver’s seat,wireless smartphone charger and electrochromic side mirrors to control theglare of incoming headlights.

The KIA Stinger’sdebut stunned many on the international arena, in an industry conquered mostlyby German and Japanese makes. Since its introduction to the world in August2017, the Kia Stinger has clinched numerous global accolades from prestigiousnames of the industry, such as ‘Best of the Year’ & ‘Best Sports Sedan’ inMotorWeek’s 2018 Drivers’ Choice Awards, Roadshow By CNET Shift Award For 2018Vehicle Of The Year, Wards 10 Best Interiors for 2018, AutoGuide 2018 Car OfThe Year, Autotrader’s 10 Best Car Interiors under $50,000 for 2018 and manymore.

Both trims of theKia Stinger are available in four exquisite exterior colours HiChroma Red, DeepChroma Blue, Panthera Metal and Aurora Black. Interior-wise, the 3.3L V6 GTreceives an exquisite red colour package while the 2.0L GT-Line comes in aflush black one-tone.

The 3.3-litre V6 GT variant goes for RM309,888on-the-road without insurance while the 2.0-litre GT-Line variant is priced at RM239,888 on-the-roadwithout insurance.

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