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Kia Goes Big With The 2018 Stinger Sedan

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Kia Goes Big With The 2018 Stinger Sedan

2018 Kia Stinger

2018 Kia Stinger (Credit: Kia)

If you haven’t been paying attention to Kia lately, the 2018 Stinger should change that. It’s a fastback sport sedan which you could debadge and pass off as from one of the big German brands, thanks to a strangely seductive design.

The biggest challenge Kia’s going to have with this sedan is selling it. People aren’t going to take it seriously, at least at first. I haven’t driven it, obviously, so there’s no telling if it handles like the real deal. So far it seems pretty compelling.

2018 Kia Stinger

2018 Kia Stinger (Credit: Kia)

Kia says it developed the Stinger by refining it for Nurburgring runs. It’s calling the car a gran turismo. It has a long hood, rear-wheel drive (with all-wheel drive available), a muscular stance and a shockingly luxurious interior. Again, I haven’t sat in the thing, yet, but there’s Nappa leather, air-cell bladders for the driver’s seat and aluminum sport pedals. More importantly, the interior design isn’t trying too hard. Instead of desperately flourishes you can see in some vehicles that want to be taken seriously, the Stinger’s cabin is simple and straightforward. I’d call it refreshing, almost Scandinavian.

Two engines will be offered for Stinger. One is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-banger, good for about 255 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. The alternative is a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6. Kia estimates it’ll put out 365 horsepower and 376 lb.-ft. of torque. If all goes well, with the bigger engine the Stinger will go 0-60 in 5.1 seconds, and hit 167 mph.

2018 Kia Stinger interior

2018 Kia Stinger interior (Credit: Kia)

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Steven has been writing about cars and other transportation issues worldwide for over ten years. His love for cars started long before he can remember, with Corvettes and 911s being his first car-crushes. Since then, he has owned many types of vehicles and has come to appreciate a wide variety of models, the diverse car culture groups, and the automotive industry in general.

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