The Stinger is Kia's first saloon auto available with rear- or All-Wheel Drive (AWD) as part of a system which also features a new Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control system capable of applying power and braking force to the appropriate wheels to maintain course in adverse conditions. 0-62mph takes 5.1 seconds, and the top speed is a decidedly un-Kia 167mph.
The Kia Stinger was first hinted at back in 2011, when Kia showed a GT concept, and the production model sticks closely to that original design. And with former BMW man Albert Biermann behind the chassis, which has been honed on the Nurburgring, performance is at its core.
"You'll be expecting us to say that "...sadly it's for American customers only" but we're not - although the Stinger may well more easily find an appreciative audience in the U.S., it will be coming to this side of the Atlantic to take on the European grandees on their home turf, hence the Nurburgring testing.
A multi-function leather steering wheel comes as standard while a dual-pod instrument cluster with multi-information display provide the necessary information for the driver. The 2.0-litre petrol Stinger will follow in early 2018, with 2.0-litre diesel coming shortly afterwards.
The only available transmission is an 8-speed automatic first seen on the K900, which may not be long for this world if its stylish younger brother has anything to say about it.
As local manufacturers vacate the large, rear-drive segment the Koreans are embracing it with gusto, with Kia's forthcoming Stinger expect to be joined by new offerings from Hyundai's Genesis range in 2017.
The 2018 Kia Stinger GT is a sort of Gran Turismo sedan that has a size that places it among the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.
An all-electric Stinger is also in the pipeline - Kia says the vehicle has been engineered with petrol, diesel and electric propulsion in mind. The 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder models ride on 225/45R-18 performance tyres while the 3.3-litre V6 is shod with staggered ultra-high performance rubber; 225/40R-19 in front and 255/35R-19 at the rear.
Any Supercar series entry is unlikely to happen until at least 2019 considering the lead-time required to negotiate and sign-off a deal with existing outfits as well as the development period needed to tune the 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 for a pure racing application. Paddle shifters and a five-mode drive system will also be fitted allowing the driver to personalise dynamics.
The Stinger is also the first Kia to be available with a driver fatigue monitor while other driver aids include adaptive cruise control, lane departure and blind spot monitors, rear traffic alerts and an anti-collision system with pedestrian detection.
Officials at Kia sought to differentiate the Stinger from its potential competition. "We're carefully evaluating this technology before we put it into our cars, though".
Kia also fits the vehicle with a color HUD that shows navigation, audio, speed, and cruise control info on the windshield.