Kia Motors America (KMA) has announced pricing for their all-new 2018 Stinger fastback sport sedan that is expected to arrive (in limited quantities) in December 2017.

As we  shared with you in our October 6 feature article, the new Kia Stinger is the highest-performance production vehicle in the company’s history.  When fully rolled out, it will be available in five trim levels – Stinger, Stinger Premium, GT, GT1, and GT2.

MSRP Each Trim

  • Stinger                                $31,900
  • Stinger Premium              $37,100
  • GT                                       $38,350
  • GT1                                     $43,250
  • GT2                                     $49,200

Above prices are for 2WD models.  For AWD, add $2,200.  Destination charges are $900.

“The Stinger is a prime example of Kia’s commitment to surpassing consumers’ expectations in everything we do,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning, KMA. “Although the Stinger is unlike any other Kia that has come before it in terms of pure driving enjoyment, it is still very much a traditional Kia in that it offers consumers a very compelling value proposition, providing excellent performance and handling, premium features and functionality when compared to its much higher-priced competitors.”

In making the pricing announcement, Kia reminded us that the Stinger, designed in Frankfurt and developed on the Nürburgring, is offered with multiple engine and drivetrain configurations and luxurious accommodations.

All Stingers come standard with a leather-appointed interior, with ultra-soft Nappa leather available. A thick hand-stitched multifunction leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters sits front and center of the driver, while the GT trim gets a flat-bottom steering wheel.

All Stingers are available with a large color TFT instrument cluster with performance gauges including a track timer, and true to the gran turismo tradition offers a generous 23.3 cu.-ft. of cargo space accessible via a power liftgate with available Smart Trunk functionality.

The base Stinger rides on a passive suspension tuned to offer a balance of handling and ride comfort, while the GT is available with Kia’s first electronically controlled Dynamic Stability Damping Control and standard high-performance Brembo disc brakes.

Two turbocharged engines are available: The base Stinger and Premium trims get a 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 255 horsepower at 6,200 rpm with 260 lb.-ft. of maximum torque available from 1,400 – 4,000 rpm. GT Stingers get a more powerful 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 which produces 365 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and offers 376 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,300 – 4,500 rpm.  Both engines are matched to a second-generation eight-speed rear-drive automatic transmission.

All-wheel drive also is available on all trims.

There are Multiple Advance Driver Assistance systems in Stinger that enhance the driving experience.  They include including Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Forward Collision Avoidance (FCA) with pedestrian detection, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go (SCC w/ S&G), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW) , and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW).  A height-adjustable color Head-Up Display (HUD)7 display is also available.

The base audio system for the 2.0-liter turbo features six speakers and a seven-inch color touchscreen with the latest version of UVO, Kia’s award-winning telematics system. In the GT, the system increases speaker count to nine including an external amplifier.  A premium Harman/Kardon audio system with Clari-Fi and next-generation QuantumLogic  Surround Sound technology is also available.

You can read our earlier feature article on the Stinger here: http://www.inwheeltime.com/gran-turismo-driving-journey/

Kia also sent Stinger to the SEMA Show last month.  You read about it here:    http://www.inwheeltime.com/2018-stinger-gt-highlights-kia-experience-sema-2017/