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KIA GT4 Stinger concept, Kia's first rear-wheel drive sports car

KIA GT4 Stinger concept, Kia's first rear-wheel drive sports car

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blogentry-114362-0-83221200-1389946303_thumb.jpgKia has shown its first rear-wheel drive sports car at the Detroit motor show. The GT4 Stinger was shown to the press as the brand’s potential rival for the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ.

The GT4 Stinger is a 2+2, front-engined coupe powered by a 311bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine taken from Kia’s Optima racecars. That makes it substantially more powerful than the Toyota, with its 197bhp, but like the 86, the Kia is focused on being a proper driver’s car.

 

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Hence, the 4.26-metre long coupe has been designed to weigh a mere 1315kg in production form, runs double wishbone suspension front and rear and doesn’t even have a radio. ‘The soundtrack comes from the engine and out of the exhaust,’ says the concept’s head designer.

 

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‘Our whole approach has been to do something very simple and pure, but new looking,’ Kearns says. ‘It’s a very simple shape, so that was our thinking’. While strictly a concept, Kearns says that if it makes production, the GT4 will be cheaper than the GT-86, which starts at £25k. The GT4 would run a modified version of the Genesis platform, he suggests. ‘We’ve got to make it lighter and smaller to capture the essence of this concept, but I think it’s do-able,’ Kearns says.

 

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Most of the car is production viable, apart from the stacked LED headlights, which are too low for most country's regulations, while the viability of the see-through A-pillars hasn’t been evaluated either. Yet it’s not a pipedream or crazy concept. ‘We always imagine it [a concept] on the street,’ says Kia president, Peter Schreyer, ‘and that’s the same with this car’.

 

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The Detroit reveal was the first time Kia’s board has seen the car, according to Schreyer. ‘We have not done any feasibility on it, but my gut feeling is there’s nothing about it that’s not possible.’ It’s expected that the GT4 Stinger will be in showrooms in 2016 if it’s given the green light for production.

 

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Agreed. Thats a real fugly car.

 

The performance part sounds interesting, but the exterior is horrible!!

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Unique design.

 

What caught my attention was the front part of the car – front grill and the definitely different shape headlights. The bodyline of the car is pretty neat and the wheels, love-at-first-sight.

 

The “tail” of the car, the back part of the car, well, I should say, doesn’t exactly is pleasing to my eyes, except that it could be from an idea, back-to-the-future kind of design.

 

Other than that, the extending from the roof down into the tail lights is pretty cool. And please, if ever this is brought to production, consider having in-car-entertainment installed inside.

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front engine... so what's with the fancy rear hatch? loose it and the car would weigh in at 1.3. with 311 horses, should perform well.

 

looks wise... hideous. the interior is good though.

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