Detroit 2014: Kia GT4 Stinger Is A "Conceivable" Future Sports Car

Kia today used its Detroit auto show conference to roll out something it's never shown before: A two-door, rear-wheel-drive sports car that could put the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S on notice. Assuming, of course, it goes into production. "I don't think there would be an obstacle [to building it]," says Kia public relations supervisor Mike Ofiara. "It's a matter of making a business case."

Right now, Kia stresses that the GT4 Stinger is merely a concept car, meant to highlight the styling chops of its California design studio. Still, Kia executive vice president of sales Tom Loveless emphasized that the GT4 Stinger is designed to pay homage to a time, "When performance was about a direct link between driver and car," rather than electronic driving aids, and said he can't wait to enjoy "power oversteer" in the car on a winding road.

With its stubby, Subaru BRZ-like stance; 315-hp turbocharged engine; six-speed manual transmission; and enormous Brembo brakes, we'd certainly like to see the Kia GT4 Stinger go into production. Its low, wide bodywork has such a low nose that the hood has bumps above the front wheels, while the rear end stretches wide to accommodate 10.8-inch-wide tires on 20-inch wheels. Open the rear liftback, and the cargo area offers far more room and practicality than you'll find in the tiny trunk of the BRZ/FR-S twins.

Kia has a solid track record of bringing its wild concepts to showrooms. The original Kia Soul was a Detroit auto show concept before it became a popular hatchback, and the 2012 Track'ster concept is now available as the Red Zone trim package for the 2014 Kia Soul, making us optimistic this show car will eventually beget a real Kia sports coupe.

Above all, the GT4 Stinger concept is way for the California design team to tell the world, "If we could make a sports car, this is what it would look like," explains Ofiara. Officials say it's "conceivable" we could see a series-production Kia sports coupe inspired by the GT4 Stinger within one to three years, but make no firm promises.

kaldrooby
This car must be built by KIA. They sure have a real Winner. Go KIA !!!
cm_smith_12@hotmail.ca
Excellent design from a company like Kia.  Kia being able to produce a car like this for $25000 would put other companies to shame for charging us extreme prices to get ultra styling and performance from a vehicle. If they get the details like handling and balance right they've got it made.  Kia is already a pro for quality and durability so that's not going to be a problem.  Kia doesn't need a business case to decide whether to make this car.  Kia needs this car because frankly, the public deserves something the everyday man can afford who would otherwise end up in the used car market for sports cars because of financial limitations. Kia's business case is to offer luxury designs and performance at a price point that isn't inflated 100% because of market values.  That's where luxury sport makes have it all wrong.  Cars are designed for people to enjoy and drive and when no one can really buy them except for those who have good jobs or fat accounts, what's the point of making this car when most just see it drive by?  The designers and engineers may relish the fact they've designed an uber car but no one will really experience it so where's the good in that? Kia's motto should be "Why admire your dream car when you can afford one of our dreams."

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