looks great in pictures but even better in the metal and it received many admiring gazes and complements during my week with it.
And the sketches he drew as a boy eventually became the inspiration for Kia's 2011 GT Concept and six years later, the Stinger
That the Stinger
does in no uncertain fashion as we discovered driving the GT S hundreds of miles across the south of England from Cornwall to Sussex.
The Kia Stinger
, which is available at Gravells Kia boasts a twin-turbo V6 with the capability to launch the fiveseater gran turismo from 0-60pmh in a time of 4.7 seconds, making it the fastest-accelerating Kia ever.
Also reflecting the Stinger
's performance credentials there are Brembo brakes, a lap timer function and G-meter - things more usually seen on high performance cars with track pretentions.
Some of the materials aren't quite up to BMW/Audi/ Merc standards but this flagship Stinger
has real muscle machine presence, yet inside it's a proper family five-seater with a good amount of room front and back.
Its fastback lines are highlighted by power-conveying highlights such as louvred vents on the bonnet and behind the wheel arches, and with four exhausts protruding from the rear the Stinger
has real muscle machine presence.
Does Michael Sprague, chief operating officer and executive vice president of Kia Motor America (KMA), necessarily think that people are going to forego the Panamera for a Stinger
? No, but he does think that the Stinger
"is an inflection point for the brand." That it is a car with the design, style and a remarkable price point.
Engineer Albert Biermann, formerly of BMW, worked closely with the Stinger
designers to get the beautiful shape aligned with phenomenal performance.
The independent safety testing organisation awarded the Stinger
93 per cent for adult occupant protection, 81 per cent for child occupant protection, 78 per cent for pedestrian protection, and 82 per cent in the 'Safety Assist' category.
Kia's new Stinger
saloon will be the first car it has brought to market knowing that it won't make a profit.