FAR from a bog-basement entry-level car, Kia will throw impressive kit into its new Stinger fastback sedan set to be unleashed in October.
The $48,990 base model S will get the same 3.3-litre bi-turbo V6 as the upper spec variants, with an ability to sprint from 0-100kmh in less than five seconds using the launch control function.
Helping to keep the power under control is a mechanical limited slip differential and a set of Brembo brakes (350mm quad piston front and 340mm dual piston rear).
The entry-level Stinger S rides on high-performance 18-inch 225/45R18 Continental ContiSport Contact 5 rubber.
Safety will include seven airbags, anti-lock brakes with emergency brakeforce distribution and brake assist, electronic stability control and traction control, vehicle stability management, hill assist, rear view camera with dynamic parking guidelines, rear cross traffic alert, active hood pedestrian protection, LED daylight running lights and three child restraint points (two ISOFIX).
The driver will have eight-way adjustment for the artificial leather sports seating while the front seat passenger can adjust their seating six ways.
Cruise control is standard, along with a 3.5-inch mono instrument cluster, two 12V power outlets and two USB charging points. The entertainment will have six speakers, a 7-inch touchscreen control centre with satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth compatibility and music streaming.
Stepping up to the $55,990 Si adds 19-inch alloys with 225/40R profile front tyres and 255/35R19 rears. It also gains autonomous emergency braking with forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, driver attention alert, front parking sensors and rain-sensing wipers.
Radar cruise control will also be featured, while in-line with the S there are four cup holders and four bottle holders, a centre console storage box and front seat pockets but the Si adds an under floor luggage tray and a luggage net.
The entertainment system features an 8-inch touch screen and nine speakers - including two under-seat woofers.
Spend $59,990 for the GT and it adds a 360-degree camera view, blind spot detection, dynamic bending lights, high beam assist and full-colour heads up display.
There are a range of external cues unique to the GT, including electrochromic door mirrors, LED headlights with auto leveling, powered sunroof and two bespoke colours - Aurora black and Snow White pearl.
Trim is real Nappa leather with GT logos and the addition of lumbar support, powered bolster adjuster and thigh extender. There is a two-position seat memory with easy access button and a D-cut steering wheel.
The instrument cluster steps up to a 7-inch colour TFT-LCD screen, alloy sports pedals become standard and suede makes an appearance in the interior roof and pillar trims. There is also a wireless phone charging capability.
The entertainment system takes a major step up with a premium 15-speaker Harman/Kardon system (eight speakers, four tweeters, centre speaker and two subwoofers powered by an external amplifier).
"There is a belief that any entry-level model will be, for want of a better description, sparse,” Kia Motors Australia chief operating officer Damien Meredith said.
"That is not the case with the Stinger. The S has the same brilliant 3.3-litre bi-turbo engine as the GT, the same eight-speed gearbox with sports paddles as the GT and the same ability to sprint from 0-100kmh in 4.9 seconds.
"And there is safety and comfort equipment in this car that you would not normally see in anything but the top of the model range, including satellite navigation.
"It simply represents outstanding value - starting with the S but stretching across the range.”
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