There isn’t much about Kia’s latest concept car that doesn’t suggest that the company is about to get serious about offering a sports car.
Kia doesn’t currently offer a sports car, but the concept on display seems like an obvious sign that the South Korean brand is planning on changing that soon. The concept car uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder to send 315 hp to the rear wheels through a close-ratio six-speed manual and weighs 2,874 lbs, which is almost 490 lighter than the 2.0T Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
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It may share an engine with the Hyundai sports coupe, but the similarities stop there. At just under 170 inches long, it’s roughly a foot shorter than the Hyundai product. The wheelbase is also 74.4 inches wide, which makes it wider than the brand’s full-size Cadenza sedan.
Kia put 20-inch wheels with staggered widths on the car measuring 235 millimeters in the front and 275 in the rear. Brembo brakes grip 15-inch rotors for stopping power.
But the most important aspect of the car is what you can’t see. The car is built on a custom chassis that uses an independent double wishbone suspension. That’s a difference setup than Hyundai uses with the Genesis Coupe, further emphasizing that Kia’s future performance plans could include more than a re-badged sports car borrowed from their Hyundai counterparts across the hall.
The company says there aren’t currently any plans to build the car, but that it “has a history of delivering production vehicles that bear a strong resemblance to the concept that preceded them, and the GT4 Stinger provides a possible and highly provocative glimpse into Kia’s future. ”
Gallery: Kia GT4 Stinger Live Photos
GALLERY: Kia GT4 Stinger Photos
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