2018 Kia Stinger GT2 RWD
2018 Kia Stinger GT2 RWD

Kia Motors America returns to the 2017 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas this week with custom vehicle builds that transform dreams into reality with opportunities to experience their all-new 2018 Stinger GT live.

In advance of the Stinger going on sale this December, KMA invited West Coast Customs to modify and feature two highly customized works of art, one based on the Stinger GT and the other on the current Cadenza premium sedan.  KMA also revealed a uniquely modified Stinger equipped with a host of parts and accessories from leading aftermarket suppliers.

In addition, Kia is providing opportunity to experience the excitement of the 2018 Kia Stinger GT in a drifting demonstration with professional drivers and then to drive the new Stinger on a special autocross course at the show.

“We are so thrilled to show off what Kia has become at SEMA because 2017 is a momentous year for our Kia brand,” said Justin Sohn, President and CEO of Kia Motors America.  “We ranked #1 in quality for the second year in a row in JD Power’s Initial Quality Study, we are top three in Consumer Reports reliability and we are now introducing the all-new 2018 four-door Stinger Sports Fastback, Kia’s fastest ever and our first performance vehicle.”

Special Kia Stinger GT Wide Body
The Stinger GT Wide Body is a specially modified work of art from West Coast Customs.  Bathed in layers of pearl blue metallic paint, it takes the Stinger to a whole new level of visual excitement.

Taking inspiration from the racing GT cars of the 1970s, this modern interpretation seamlessly blends tire accommodating wide fenders with the Stinger’s already narrow waist.  Riding on a suspension that’s been lowered 1.4-inches up front and 1.2-inches in the rear, the Stinger GT Wide Body rides on 21-inch Keen forged wheels wrapped with high-performance tires.

A lightweight carbon fiber aero kit and rear diffuser will keep the Stinger firmly planted at high speed, while the quad-port exhaust tips proclaim that this is no typical sports machine.  Inside the driver-centric cockpit, the Stinger GT Wide Body includes custom blue leather seat piping, a distinct hand-stitched gray leather dash panel, alcantara-wrapped steering wheel as well as gloss black center console trim.

Special Kia Cadenza Obsidian
A special SEMA Cadenza Obsidian crafted by West Coast Customs uses stunning copper accents inside and out to transform Kia’s premium sedan into an artistic masterpiece.

Riding on a lowered suspension with stiffened sport springs, this one-a-kind Cadenza rolls on custom 20-inch gloss-black Keen wheels with Cosmic Copper trim and is veiled in custom metallic black paint with ultra-dark ceramic window tint.

Exquisitely detailed inside, the Cadenza Obsidian features a hand-stitched suede dashboard top panel, butter-soft brown leather seats with suede inserts as well as custom brown suede door panels.

Complementing the Harmon Kardon 630-watt premium sound system is a booming integrated subwoofer.

Stinger GT Federation
Also at the 2017 SEMA show, Kia will unveil the Stinger GT Federation, a uniquely modified Stinger outfitted with parts and accessories from leading aftermarket suppliers. 

The Stinger GT Federation celebrates Kia’s foray into making high-performance aftermarket parts available from respective suppliers in conjunction with a vehicle launch.  Performance-inspired exterior body accent kits by Air Design USA include a rear spoiler, rear diffuser and redesigned hood vents, which provide a stunning contrast to the custom creamy-orange paint scheme that proclaims the Stinger’s sporting intentions. 

A K&N cold-air intake and a low-restriction quad-tipped Borla exhaust help the Stinger breathe more freely and are designed to pump an additional 15 horsepower through the twin-turbo 3.3-liter engine, bringing the vehicle’s horsepower to an estimated 380. 

Eibach springs, thicker antiroll bars and a reduced ride height aim to offer a more spirited driving experience, while aggressive staggered 20-inch TSW wheels with Falken tires round out the Stinger GT Federation’s visual and technical achievements.

Kia Stinger GT Drifting and High-Performance Experience
For those fortunate enough to be at the SEMA Show Kia has transformed a parking area outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center (Gold Lot, located outside North Hall) into a drifting course and high-performance test tracks.  Showgoers will get the chance to ride along with professional Formula Drift drivers as they effortlessly slide the special Stinger GTs around corners at speeds of nearly 50 mph..  

Kia adds they are also providing the opportunity for SEMA attendees to get behind the wheel of the Stinger GT and to experience its outstanding performance on a complex autocross course.  Participants will launch from 0 to 60 mph and then bring the car to a full stop using its high-performance Brembo brakes before pushing it through a series of challenging corners.  

You can read more about the new Kia Stinger GT in our October 6 piece titledGran Turismo driving is all about the journey……” 


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