The latest rumor-mill has priced the BMW 3-series fighter from KIA, the Stinger, to be around $27,000 for the base price model.
When the KIA Stinger was introduced earlier this year pretty much every automaker looked over their shoulders at the Korean automaker coming out with a serious contender at the performance ball. With looks set to stun and some power under the hood, it was evident that KIA had come up in the automotive industry. According to our Korean friends on the ground, Pulse News, on their report earlier today (Mar. 27, 2017) unconfirmed sources have priced the KIA Stinger to be priced at $27,000 for the base model stinger and just $9,000 for the more premium models.
This places the KIA Stinger in a price bracket undercutting such possible competitors like the Dodge Charger and Challenger, the base spec BMW 3-Series, and even Ford’s fastest Fusion. Check out a couple of pictures from when they first unveiled the KIA Stinger below!
A rundown of most basic specs on the KIA Stinger and it’s easy to see why some possible buyers are excited. First and foremost is that it’s RWD with the classic long proportioned look that RWD offers. At 190 inches long, its extra wheelbase allows KIA to place the engine further back for better balance.
KIA has confirmed two choices, a base 2.0L with 255 HP and 260 Lb-ft and a GT Version equipped with a twin-turbo V6 producing 365 HP and 376 lb-ft. For now there are no plans to equip the Stinger with a manual transmission as an 8-speed automatic will be the make or break for the engine transmission marriage.
To further add to the hype, even though the KIA Stinger hasn’t made its rounds officially through the journalist pool, some journalists have had the opportunity to wring the neck of a pre-production KIA Stinger. So far all bodes well for the KIA flagship sports sedan. According to Graeme Fletcher of Driving.ca, “The track portion proved the Stinger GT’s work ethic banishes any hint of turbo lag and brings a run from rest to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds, making it the fastest Kia ever…Hang on to things around the corner, hard on the gas and the all-wheel-drive system dug in and kept the GT pointed in the right direction — it proved to be deliciously neutral, even at the limit.”
Until some production versions start circulating, the verdict is still out on this potential American V8 sedan killer. Until then we’ll be waiting with bated breath to see if Americans pony up the cash to drive away from a Dodge dealership and into a KIA lot.