2014 Detroit Auto Show: Kia GT4 Stinger (FAQ)
2014 Detroit Auto Show
What Is It?
Kia GT4 Stinger
What's New About This Model?
The Kia GT4 Stinger is an all-new four-seat sport coupe concept. It features a striking design, a 315-horsepower engine, manual transmission and a rear-wheel-drive layout.
When Does It Go on Sale?
Kia says there are no immediate plans to build the GT4 Stinger, but with the popularity of similar cars in the marketplace that offer far less horsepower like the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, this concept could easily become a reality.
How Much Does It Cost?
If the GT4 Stinger were to go on sale, we'd expect a price of right around $25,000.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
· 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder, 315 hp
· Six-speed manual transmission
· Rear-wheel drive
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
During a time when cars are getting bigger, more comfortable and more complex, the GT4 Stinger is unique in its simplicity. A high-tech, turbocharged motor pumps out more than 300 horsepower but should still be fairly fuel-efficient.
How Does It Compare to the Scion FR-S and the Hyundai Genesis Coupe ?
The GT4 Stinger is 169.7 inches long, with a 103.1-inch wheelbase and a fat 74.4-inch width. The FR-S is slightly smaller at 166.9 inches long with a 101.2-inch wheelbase. The Scion is 69.9 inches wide and weighs 2,750 pounds. The GT4 Stinger tips the scales at only 2,874 pounds with a 52/48 percent weight distribution balance. Racecar drivers like to say that 50/50 is perfect balance, though people who like to have fun and drift the car will appreciate this slight front bias.
Compared with the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, a two-door sport coupe that is a sister to the Kia, the GT4 Stinger is 12.6 inches shorter, 1 inch wider, 488 pounds lighter and rides on a wheelbase that is 7.9 inches shorter.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Ford Mustang : Though larger and available with a much more powerful V8 motor, the 2015 Ford Mustang with its available four-and six-cylinder engines will be a direct rival to the Kia.
Scion FR-S : The Scion FR-S is the reason that Kia is even exploring this concept. Unlike the Kia, however, the Scion only has 200 horsepower, which can feel sluggish sometimes.
Subaru BRZ : Subaru's BRZ is the sister car to the Scion FR-S and offers all of the same performance and fun, but with slightly more interior features — like navigation.
Should You Wait for It?
If Kia had given a timeline or a firm commitment for production, we may have said this one was worth waiting for; it looks awesome and has great power. Unfortunately, Kia's still researching this idea and, even if it does put it into production, we won't see it until 2016.