Kia GT4 Stinger concept: RWD coupe with modernist sense of wow

We’d never accuse of Kia under chief designer Peter Schreyer of losing its way, because the current crop of Kias feature artfully fashioned bodies atop reliable Hyundai mechanics. That said, though, none of the recent Kias have packed the same wow factor as the Optima.

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Kia GT4 Stinger Concept with LED headlights on
Kia GT4 Stinger Concept with LED headlights on


Kia has not only kicked that can aside, but, if it actually puts this sports car into production, will also give the brand a bit of cred with the enthusiast community.

We presume that if the GT4 Stinger ever makes to it production that it will be based on the next generation Hyundai Genesis Coupe. The dimensions given for the GT4 Stinger concept indicate that it is a size smaller than the current Genesis Coupe (see our dimensions table below). This means that the GT4 Stinger will either have to grow when it heads to production, or that the next Genesis Coupe will shrink.

The GT4 Stinger concept is powered by a 2-litre direct injection turbo engine with 235kW (315hp) of power. This power goes to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission and 20-inch alloy wheels. Apparently the sound of the motor is so well tuned inside the cabin that Kia has decided to forgo the sound system and let the driver (and his/her three passengers) enjoy the sound of the drivetrain instead.

Kia doesn’t quite any performance or fuel economy figures for the GT4 Stinger concept, but the car should be brisk given its 235kW motor and light 1,304kg (2,874lb) weight.

LEDs are used exclusively for head- and tail-lights, as well as the interior lighting.

Dimensions

Length: 4,310mm (-320mm compared to the first generation Hyundai Genesis coupe)
Width: 1,890mm (+24mm)
Height: 1,250mm (-129mm)
Wheelbase: 2,619mm (-200mm)

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]