New muscle: Kia's V6 Stinger to start from under $50,000

10th August 2017 9:44 AM
UPDATED 10:23 AM

KIA'S much-anticipated V6 Stinger rear-wheel drive fastback sedan will start from less than $50,000.

The entry-level Stinger S powered by a 3.3-litre bi-turbo V6 will start from $48,990 plus on-roads, a mid-spc Si is $55,990, while the range-topping GT will have a retail price of $59,990.

The V6 will have 272kW of power and 510Nm of torque...capable of a launch control assisted 4.9 second 0-100km/h sprint and a low 13 second standing quarter.

 

EMBARGO 9.30am, Monday, January 9 - Set to enter the large car realm later in 2017 is the Kia Stinger GT.
Kia's Stinger GT will arrive in Australian showrooms by October. MAGROUND GmbH

"It was critical for us to bring this car to as wide an audience as possible ... something I believe we have achieved with the pricing we have been able to settle on," Kia Motors Australia chief operating officer Damien Meredith said.

"From the outset it was a goal to get a bi-turbo V6 into the market under $50,000. We have done that with room to spare."

Mr Meredith said the decision to announce 3.3-litre pricing ahead of the Stinger's October arrival was to provide confidence to the substantial number of buyers who have shown faith in putting down a deposit without knowing a final price.

 

2017 Kia Stinger left-hand drive interior
The 2017 Kia Stinger in left-hand drive. Linhbergh LLC

Pricing for the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder version is yet to be announced. expect it to start from about $40,000.

First revealed at the Detroit motor show earlier this year, the Stinger stole the show.

With Holden about to finish local manufacturing of the Holden Commodore, Kia has seen a gap in the rear-wheel drive large sedan market.

The Stinger is 116mm smaller in length than a standard Commodore (124mm compared to a Falcon), 24mm narrower in width (1mm larger than a Falcon), sits 71mm lower (53mm lower than a Falcon) but the wheel base is just 9mm shorter.

 

EMBARGO 9.30am, Monday, January 9 - Set to enter the large car realm later in 2017 is the Kia Stinger GT.
Kia will launch its 2017 Stinger models from October. Linhbergh LLC

The Stinger has already been labelled a game-changer for the brand. For the first time, customers have been placing deposits on a Kia before knowing pricing.

Stinger will become the new halo car for Kia.

The man who help pen the design is Peter Schreyer, the designer who cut his teeth at Audi nearly four decades ago, he's the man who has almost single handedly changed the global landscape for Kia.

 

EMBARGO 9.30am, Monday, January 9 - Set to enter the large car realm later in 2017 is the Kia Stinger GT.
Kia will launch its 2017 Stinger models from October. MAGROUND GmbH