Al Attiya Motors unveils all-new Kia ‘Stinger’

 13 Dec 2017 - 8:05

Al Attiya Motors unveils all-new Kia ‘Stinger’
Abdulaziz Al Attiyah (centre), Chairman of Al Attiyah Motors and Trading and Nasser Salih Nasser Abdullah Al Attiyah, World Rally Champion, with other officials during KIA Stinger exclusive premiere at Lusail International Ciruit, yesterday. Pics: Baher Amin / The Peninsula

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Al Attiya Motors & Trading Co, held a special event at the Losail International Circuit, to  show KIA Motors’ new powerful sports sedan the “Stinger”. 

Displayed in public for the first time in Qatar, this was the perfect opportunity for car enthusiasts to finally get to see this highly anticipated car since it was first unveiled in 2011 as the GT concept.

The KIA Stinger was officially launched at the event by Abdul Aziz Al Attiya of Al Attiya Motors & Trading Co. the exclusive distributor of Kia vehicles in Qatar. The all-new KIA Stinger captured the attention of the media and spectators who were fascinated by its high performance, luxury amenities, and head-turning design.

From the initial concept introduced as the Kia GT Concept Car, the dream has finally become a reality and the Kia Stinger officially joins the Kia’s sedan lineup. 

The all-new 2018 Kia Stinger design was overseen by Peter Schreyer, Kia Motors’ chief design officer, and Gregory Guillaume, chief designer, Kia Motors Europe. It’s poised to redefine a segment that’s currently populated by European automakers and is the highest-performance production vehicle in the company’s history, while possessing Kia Motors’ quality and reliability. With luxurious comforts, high-performance engine, and advanced technology, the 2018 Kia Stinger delivers an incredible driving experience.

The beautifully designed 2018 Stinger overflowing with power, passion and performance really grabs your attention. It has a muscular look, from its sleek front clip through its svelte flanks, and up to its powerful haunches. Key to its road presence are the rear-wheel-drive proportions, with a long hood and short front overhang, an extended wheelbase to deliver a spacious cabin, and a long rear overhang with strong shoulders. Kia’s signature “tiger-nose” grille sits proudly between complex LED headlamps, while the rear valance houses four oval exhaust pipes.

The new Kia Stinger, a powerful fastback sports sedan, (hereafter Stinger) closely follows the design and engineering blueprint laid down by the 2011 Kia GT Concept. It is the highest-performance production vehicle in the company’s history.

The Stinger is the result of years of impassioned design and development work at Kia. Six years after the company revealed its powerful statement of intent in the GT Concept, the Stinger will go on sale in Qatar during the fourth quarter of 2017.

The Stinger channels the spirit of historic grand tourers – powerful, elegant vehicles capable of moving their owners in style, at speed. At every stage of development, the Stinger has been designed and engineered to be the perfect Gran Turismo. The car features a head-turning aesthetic, ample room to accommodate five occupants and their luggage. It’s stable, unruffled ride, is matched by nimble handling with engaging, rear-biased power delivery.

In its transition from concept to production, Kia’s GT Concept was renamed ‘Stinger’, inspired by the GT4 Stinger concept revealed at NAIAS 2014. While the car is a true GT in nature, the Stinger name evokes speed and excitement, two key characteristics found in the production car. Delivering exhilarating power, the KIA Stinger will be available in Qatar with a commanding 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, paired with the second-generation of KIA’s electronic eight-speed automatic transmission, which is fitted as standard with all engines. The smooth and supple in the way it shifts gears, the transmission works with the driver to extract the best performance and comfort balance depending on inputs.

Design

Key to its road presence are its rear-wheel drive proportions – a long bonnet and short 830 mm front overhang, an extended wheelbase (2,905 mm) to deliver a spacious cabin, and a long rear overhang (1,095 mm) with strong, broad shoulders. The Stinger’s stance, proportion and visual balance are designed to lend the car an air of elegance and athleticism, rather than aggression and brutality. The Stinger measures 4,830 mm in length and 1,870 mm in width, making it longer and wider than many sport sedans, and allowing for a spacious cabin and cargo area. With a 406-litre cargo capacity (VDA), the Stinger’s boot can accommodate two full-size suitcases or golf bags, or four or five weekend bags for short trips away.

Engine 
Kia Qatar will be stocking Stinger’s most powerful engine which is a 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged V6 ‘Lambda II’ gasoline engine, with peak power of 370 ps arriving at 6,000 rpm, and 510 Nm torque accessible from 1,300 to 4,500 rpm. GT models powered by the 3.3-litre turbocharged engine can accelerate from 0-to-100 kph in just 4.9 seconds, making it the fastest-accelerating production Kia ever. With this engine, Kia is targeting a top speed of 270 kph (167 mph).

Ride and handling 
Kia has sought to create a car with driving dynamics that live up to its stunning design. To fulfill this brief, the Stinger’s ride and handling were honed at Germany’s infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife, under the watch of Albert Biermann, Head of Kia’s Vehicle Test and High-Performance Development. A Gran Turismo by design and by nature, the Stinger’s test regime was established to make it capable of taking every kind of road in its stride.

Safety 
Kia Motors is all about safety and they have received many awards for their designs and implementations of safety features. Kia’s commitment to continuous improvements in the safety and security of our vehicles can be seen throughout the development of all our vehicles.

Technology  Connectivity, entertainment and vehicle information can be as important as a dynamic driving experience and the Stinger comes to market with the latest infotainment systems. The height-adjustable color Head-Up Display (HUD)5 display enables the driver to see key driving information reflected on the windshield glass, including speed, turn-by-turn navigation, audio and cruise control settings and Blind Spot Detection information. Resting within the center console is a wireless smartphone charging pad, while Bluetooth integration is standard as well as the Stinger being equipped with a 8.0-inch navigation system.