Kia Motors South Africa has announced pricing for the new Stinger GT, which is set to arrive on local shores in August 2018 in “limited numbers”. The local arm of the Korean automaker says that the SA-spec Stinger will boast a “comprehensive standard specification” list.
So, how much for the flagship Stinger GT (the only derivative to be offered locally)? Kia Motors SA has confirmed a price of R859 995, which the brand describes as “competitive”.
This figure includes a five-year unlimited kilometre warranty and a five-year/90 000 km maintenance plan. Interestingly, the Stinger GT will not be available through the Kia dealership network, but instead offered solely through a dedicated Stinger website.
The Kia Stinger GT draws its urge from a twin-turbo 3,3-litre V6 petrol engine delivering 272 kW and 510 N.m to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission (with paddle-shifters). Kia says the Stinger is its “most powerful and fastest-accelerating” production car ever, with a claimed zero to 100km/h time of 4,9 seconds and a top speed of 270 km/h. Dynamic stability damping control comes standard, along with five driving modes.
Other standard features on SA-spec models will include 19-inch alloy wheels (with 225/40 R19 rubber up front and 255/35 R19 at the rear), vented Brembo brakes, Nappa leather upholstery (with a choice of black or red), electrically adjustable front seats (with heating and ventilating functions), electrically adjustable steering column, an eight-inch colour touchscreen (with Apple CarPlay, and ready for Android Auto), satellite navigation, dual automatic air-conditioning and wireless smartphone charging.
A 15-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, colour head-up display, parking sensors (front and rear), an "around view" monitor, blind-spot detection, a powered tailgate, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, seven airbags and a tilt-and-slide sunroof (with power sunshade) are also part of the package.
Kia says customers in SA will have a choice of nine metallic colours: Hi Chroma Red, Snow White Pearl, Silky Silver, Aurora Black Pearl, Ceramic Silver, Sunset Yellow, Deep Chroma Blue, Micro Blue and Panthera Metal.
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