All-new KIA Stinger: Extreme Artic winter testing for latest development stage
Engineers are striving to balance drivers’ desires for predictable, stable, gran turismo-inspired handling in all conditions, with the engaging, fun-to-drive character of a rear-wheel drive sport sedan. From the development facility in Arjeplog in Swedish Lapland, Kia is honing the car in a range of low-grip driving environments, including a skid-pan, handling circuit and slalom test on the surface of the frozen Uddjaure Lake.
This latest stage of the car’s testing program will enable Kia’s 100-strong Stinger vehicle development team to fine-tune the car’s handling in both rear- and all-wheel drive configurations, as well as the characteristics of the various electronic aids on offer to drivers.
When it goes on sale, the Stinger will be Kia’s first sedan available with a choice of rear- and all-wheel drive. The rear-biased all-wheel drive system is designed to offer optimal grip in all conditions; all-wheel drive models are fitted with an enhanced Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control system, which automatically applies po
Albert Biermann, Kia’s Head of Vehicle Test and High Performance Development, comments: “Testing the car in these extreme conditions allows us to focus on the stability and predictability that the Stinger offers drivers, in every configuration and in all driving conditions. Crucially, these tests allow us to engineer a car which retains the driving appeal that buyers look for in a sport sedan. We want enthusiastic drivers to be able to enjoy the thrill of driving their Stinger in all conditions without compromising on safety.”
Kia’s winter test regime will also ensure the durability of the Stinger, with temperatures as low as -31°F (-35°C) enabling Kia to validate every element of the car in the most extreme conditions. In all markets in which the Stinger will be sold, it will offer owners the same industry-leading warranty as Kia’s more conventional models.
The Stinger will be available with a choice of three engines, depending on market. A 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine is the most powerful, with power and torque outputs of 370 ps and 510 Nm. With this engine, the Stinger can accelerate from 0- 100 kph in just 5.1 seconds, making it the fastest-accelerating production Kia ever. The Stinger’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is capable of producing 255 ps and 353 Nm. The third engine, a 2.2-liter turbodiesel anticipated to account for the majority of Stinger sales across Europe, produces 200 ps and 440 Nm. All engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
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