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Old 01-18-2017, 04:48 PM
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http://www.carscoops.com/2017/01/kia...ger-specs.html

The European model will be available with a 2.2l Diesel producing 197hp (I guess derived form the unit with similar specs found in the Sorrento and Hyundai Tucson and Santa Fe) in addition to the 2.0 Turbo petrol and V6 as in the US. All models with a self developed 8 speed Auto, so no manual option.

Sales wise, I do think these engines do sound a bit to powerful for the volume customer, whilst figures are on par with corresponding mid to higher end models form the Germans, Jag or Alfa Romeo, also inspecting car sale websites in European markets will reveal most 3/4 series are not so sexy 316/318/418 petrol and diesel specs, with Audi et all also selling teh vast majority in low powered, tax friendly - and to any US customer surely miserable sounding - small capacity petrol and Diesel form with 130 - 160hp. Also a reason the Lexus IS never even came close in sales, despite being a great alternative.

Drop in a 1.6 turbo tuned to 150hp, offer a company car friendly 1.7 diesel from the Optima, and watch sales take off. But like this, few enthusiasts with deep pockets (for taxing and insuring a high power car) will actually choose the Kia here, no matter how good it might be.....
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The Stinger is probably aimed more at the USA and China I'm guessing.
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Old 01-21-2017, 04:19 PM
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Give it the Hyundai-Kia V8 and go Camaro and Mustang hunting.
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Give it the Hyundai-Kia V8 and go Camaro and Mustang hunting.
Argh. Won't that ruin the weight distribution?
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Argh. Won't that ruin the weight distribution?
So what? There is no need to be opposed to power, speed, and fun. The Stinger could very easily play in the muscle car field with that kind of a variant and gain additional sales.
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Old 01-23-2017, 08:52 AM
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Argh. Won't that ruin the weight distribution?
I don't think the Stinger is meant to be a super sharp driving light wieght car, so a few kilos up front won't ruin the excitement. Granted, a V8 Kia would likely only work in the US, but it would give it a USP over nowadays mostly turbo/supercharged smaller capacity V6 or even inline 4s other competitors might use....
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Old 03-21-2017, 12:49 AM
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I've always enjoyed Cumberford's design analysis, and he's taken a look at the Stinger:

http://www.automobilemag.com/news/20...ger-by-design/
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Old 03-21-2017, 05:31 AM
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I've always enjoyed Cumberford's design analysis, and he's taken a look at the Stinger:

http://www.automobilemag.com/news/20...ger-by-design/
Not bad analysis.
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