The South Korean automaker has brought Kia Stinger for the first time to the United States in 2017. As a high-performance car with a turbocharged engine from South Korea, the Kia Stinger was engineered by Albert Biermann (former BMW’s M Division Vice President of Engineering) and has undergone 10,000 km testing with direct development on the Nürburgring Nodrschleife circuit. For the 2020 model year, Kia has introduced the latest special edition of Kia Stinger called “GTS” which was officially revealed at the New York Auto Show last month. Kia wants to prove that they are able to compete with German high-performance car manufacturers.
The 2020 Kia Stinger GTS is powered by a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, which is claimed to cranks out up to 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. The twin-turbocharged 3.3L V6 unit is exclusively paired with an optional all-wheel-drive system featuring a Drift Mode (D-AWD) and mechanical limited-slip differential on its rear-axle. Kia’s D-AWD is equipped with a drive selection mode to adjust how much power will be sent to the rear wheels, but it’s claimed to be able to transfer power up to 100 percent from its twin-turbo engine to the rear wheels.
That’s a clear difference with the conventional AWD system offered on the regular Kia Stinger. Given that the D-AWD system is only available as an optional, the Korean factory will offer rear-wheel drive configuration as standard when customers buy the 2020 Stinger GTS. When Comfort mode is activated on the Kia D-AWD system, this high-performance sports sedan will send 60 percent of its power to the rear wheels. Furthermore, power transfers to the rear wheels will increase up to 80 percent when Sport mode is selected by the driver.
While the Drift mode on the D-AWD system is able to transfer 100 percent power to the rear wheels, it’s different from the conventional Kia AWD system which is only capable of sending 80 percent of its power to the rear wheels. The Korean automaker has confirmed that they have changed the mapping system on the upcoming Stinger GTS, including steering, stability control, and transmission.
The limited-edition 2020 Kia Stinger GTS gets some tweaks and special touches on its exterior design. It’s wrapped in an exclusive orange exterior paint color with a Stinger badge and a GTS emblem pinned at the rear end of the car. This new five-door sports sedan also utilizes carbon fiber material in several parts such as the front grille, side vents, and mirrors caps. Moving into the cabin, the interior offers a number of standard equipment and luxury features, including the Harman Kardon audio system, and faux-suede pieces on the steering wheel, center console, headliner, sunroof, and dashboard.
Pricing and Release Date
Talking about release date, the 2020 Kia Stinger GTS is scheduled to arrive at U.S. dealerships around this spring or summer 2019. While the official price tag for the upcoming Stinger GTS will start at $44,995 for rear-wheel drive powered models and jump to $47,495 for Stinger GTS with a D-AWD system. This price is placed between the current Stinger GT and GT1 variants, but not including the destination charges. Apart from that, the all-new Stinger GTS limited edition will only be built as many as 800 units for the global market.
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