NAIAS 2014: GT4 Stinger shows Kia wants an affordable sports car

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Jan 14, 2014


Kia has finally revealed its GT4 Stinger Concept, the Korean carmaker\'s most aggressive concept car ever--and which it likens to the days of \"purebred, affordable sports cars.\"

According to Kia, the concept car boasts a design language that \"moves in a bold, new direction,\" and pushes the boundaries of performance with a rear-drive 2+2 sports car configuration.

A turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline direct-injected four-cylinder mill that puts out 315hp and is paired with a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission, powers the GT4 Stinger Concept\'s rear wheels.

Shorter than a Forte sedan\'s length and wheelbase, wider than a Cadenza, and with a swooping roofline that\'s nearly nine inches lower than a Rio, the GT4 Stinger Concept cuts a menacing figure when you factor in its near-perfect 52:48 weight distribution.

Kia\'s signature grille sits low to the ground \"for maximum engine cooling and cold-air induction.\" Flanking it are vertical LED headlamps with brake-cooling vents intricately molded into the front bumper to give the car a clean, smooth appearance.

As you go around the car, you\'ll notice its transparent A-pillars that have been made possible by the layered slots that are cut into them, reducing not just the car\'s weight but improving its outward visibility as well.

Around the back, the glass hatch opens to reveal a built-in storage compartment, while the LED taillights illuminate from inside the outer edge of a blacked-out panel just above the dual exhaust ports in the rear bumper.

Although Kia claims that the GT4 Stinger Concept will merely remain a concept vehicle, the carmaker\'s track record shows that it has a history of creating production vehicles that bear a strong resemblance to the concepts that preceded them.

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