High performance was a major theme at the 2014 North American Auto Show in Detroit and not to be out done Kia rolled out a striking new sports car concept, which is believed to be a preview of the automaker’s first sports car. Talk of a KIA sports car has been making the rounds for several years now and the unveiling of the GT4 Stinger concept proved to be worth the wait.
Kia says the concept pays homage to the glory days of purebred, affordable sports cars, suggesting that the eventual production version should prove an enticing project. The GT4 Stinger is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder touting a hefty 315 horsepower, and drive goes to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. The GT4 Stinger also benefits from a host of traditional sports car touches such as custom center-lock 20-inch wheels, performance brakes, and wide rubber.
“It’s an authentic 2+2 sports car that can turn heads as a daily driver while also being right at home on the track,” said Tom Kearns, chief designer at Kia Design Center America. “It’s about purity, simplicity and timelessness.”
Inside the GT4 Stinger you find bucket seats covered in molded leather with billet-aluminum pedals and a flat-bottomed steering wheel underscoring the car’s racing intentions. Rather than interior door handles, pull straps with red stitching recall sports cars of half a century before. The concept is slightly shorter than the Kia Forte and sits 9 inches lower than the Kia Rio.
Production of the GT4 Stinger isn’t official yet, but it is certainly evident of the new direction of Kia and we could one day see this amazing new sports car on the showroom of Southwest KIA Mesquite, but for now there’s plenty of great cars to go around. Come see the all-star cast of vehicles today by visiting us at 1919 Oates Drive in Mesquite, Texas or give us a call at 214-694-2800 today!