Following a series of teaser skecthes released by Kia itself, the first official images of the GT4 Stinger 2+2 concept surfaced online. The leaked photos reveal a bold design, especially at the front end thanks to the aggressive, low-mounted vertical LED headlights.
The study features an “Ignition Yellow” paint that highlights the car’s sculpted body, with the most striking details being the pronounced wheel arches and the rear end, which accommodates a large glass tailgate. The profile of the car may remind some of the Audi Sport Quattro concept, as the GT4 Stinger also adopts the shooting brake solution.
Set to be revealed later today at the Detroit Auto Show, the Kia GT4 Stinger is 2+2 coupe study powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline direct injected (T-GDI) four-cylinder engine producing 315 horsepower. The unit is mated to close-ratio six-speed manual transmission that directs power to the rear wheels.
The study features a custom chassis with an independent double wishbone suspension and rides on 20-inch aluminum center-lock wheels with carbon fiber inserts for strength and weight reduction. Stopping power is ensured by Brembo Gran Tourismo two-piece cross-drilled rotors with four-piston calipers.
While Kia is mum about the future of the study, I can’t help but think that a production version of the GT4 Stinger would make an interesting rival for the Toyota GT86/Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ trio of RWD coupes.
By Dan Mihalascu