Kia Motors America (KMA) has unveiled the company’s latest concept car at the 2014 North American International Auto Show. Dubbed the GT4 Stinger, the concept gives a new direction to Kia’s design language and has been designed by the company’s California team which proved itself in 2012 with the Track’ster concept.
Beneath that beautiful design of the GT4 Stinger lies a tuned version of Kia’s proven 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline direct injected (T-GDI) four-cylinder engine that produces 315 hp at max. All those horses are then fed to the close-ratio six-speed manual transmission that further transmits the power to the ground via rear wheels.
The car rolls on custom 20-inch aluminum center-lock wheels featuring carbon fiber inserts, and wrapped in 275/35R-20 Pirelli P-Zero performance tires out back and 235/35R-20 Pirelli P-Zeros at front. Housed by the rims is a set of Brembo Gran Turismo two-piece 15-inch cross-drilled rotors and four-piston calipers that provide enough braking performance.
To underpin the GT4 Stinger’s “Ignition Yellow” body, Kia has used a custom chassis with independent double wishbone suspension. Proportion wise the concept is 169.7 inches long, 74.4 inches wide and features a short wheelbase of 103.1 inches. The car weighs 2,874 pounds and has a weight distribution of 52 percent up front and 48 percentage at the back.
“Driving enjoyment was the number one priority in designing the GT4 Stinger,” said Tom Kearns, chief designer, Kia Design Center America (KDCA). “It’s an authentic 2+2 sports car that can turn heads as a daily driver while also being right at home on the track. It’s about purity, simplicity and timelessness. The GT4 Stinger is a throwback to days when driving a car was a visceral experience that wasn’t muted by electronic gimmickry.”
Speaking of the exterior, the GT4 Stinger features a long sculpted hood, chrome accents on the exterior for that appeal, mildly flared fenders, a carbon fiber front splitter mounted below the bumper, new version of signature Kia grille, vertical LED headlamps, front-brake cooling vents and more.
The interior is practical yet purposeful, featuring billet-aluminum door handles, molded leather race-inspired bucket seats, a thick D-shaped steering wheel, red LED-illuminated instrument panel, and much more.
As of now Kia is not keen on bringing the GT4 Stinger to the production lines but now that we have seen the concept, we might see a concept-inspired production version soon.