With an orange cover, Kia’s limited-edition Stinger GTS
The Stinger GT offering more horsepower and a higher top speed than the base Panamera. To make the Stuttgart-baiting even more blatant, the Stinger now has a variant badged “GTS”.
This is a car with high performance and low smoothness: speed with value. Kia offers the Stinger GTS a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system that has a drift mode, just as in the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-AMG E63 S. Unlike those six-figure German supersedans, however, Kia’s GTS starts at only $44,995.
Get more options for you with the D-AWD option, you must to spend $2400. This new system is the main differentiator between the GTS and other V-6–powered Stingers. (The GTS’s 365-hp twin-turbo six- and eight-speed automatic transmissions are unchanged versus other trim levels.) The GTS is the only all-wheel-drive Stinger that gets a mechanical limited-slip rear differential—the better to deploy power in its Sport driving mode, which sends 80 percent of the engine’s torque to the rear axle. You also can completely disconnect the front axle with the Drift mode for tire-frying antics. But on a track, Sport mode is where it’s at.
Despite a natural traction out of low-speed corners, the Stinger feels like a pleasant neutral rear car. This Kia’s tail will step out if you get greedy with the throttle. And this one suffered no brake-pad issues at the track. The Brembos acted more like the Genesis G70’s binders from Lightning Lap 13.
The decorative details on the outside of GTS are somewhat different. Carbon fiber has on the mirror lid, side vents and around its grille. On the trunk, the Kia badge is replaced by “Stinger” script.
Inside, the headliner is bedecked in something called Chamude, while the steering wheel and center console are covered in Alcantara. Chamude is “artificial leather that provides the sophisticated appearance of natural leather and resolves its problems using microfibers.
KiaInternetbazooka options include sunroof, wireless device charging pad and 720-watt Harman / Kardon audio system. If you require a 16-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated rear seats, or a heads-up display, you’ll have to go for a more expensive Stinger trim.
Stinger GTS also has only one color, which is an Federation orange. You still get the recommended daily dose of vitamin C just by looking at it
The car is a limited edition of Kia. Only 800 Stinger GTSs will be produced for 2019. Hopefully this car can be produced even more in the coming years. There may be more color options than just an orange.