DETROIT — When you think red at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, you may be thinking of Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson), who’s back in the summer blockbuster race this year with “Cars 3”. When you think red, you might also be fast enough in thinking of Grant Gustin as CW’s “The Flash” or Ezra Miller as The Flash in this fall’s upcoming “Justice League”.
Or, when you think red, you could thinking of Valentine’s Day next month. That could be part of “The Red Effect” from Kia, where the color of fire is indeed passionate and hot: symbolizing love and aggression, taking your breath away. Enter the Stinger.
“We are driven by a burning desire to push what this brand is, can and will be,” said Michael Sprague, chief operating officer at Kia Motors America. “This red force as we call it is the force behind every new vehicle we introduce, every sales milestone we achieve and every thid party accolade in quality and reliability we receive.”
Kia believes in the Stinger because of its charisma; its passion sets the tone. The new sporty sedan boasts two engine choices-a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder producing 255 horsepower or a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 producing 365 horsepower.
“This car is all about the journey, it’s like passion,” said Gregory Guillaume, chief designer of Kia’s Europe Design Center. “From the front, Stinger is proud and confident. All of the aerodynamic features play a key role in high speed stability. It is a design that is simple, cohesive and perfectly balanced. A strong horizontal plane across the dash presents the driver with a thick, leather-wrapped steering wheel.”
The 2018 Kia Stinger GT shares some design cues from the Kia GT concept we saw at the NAIAS back in 2014. Look for it to hit Kia dealerships this fall.