Future Models - Kia 2017 Stinger
Kia Stinger GT to start from $50k
Stung: The Kia Stinger GT could be a circa-$50,000 proposition when it lobs in Australia late in the third quarter.
Stinger to be offered in three grades as Kia looks to capture 400 sales a month
18 April 2017
KIA’S hotly anticipated rear-drive Stinger performance sedan is likely to be
offered in three specification grades, with the range starter kicking things
off from about $40,000, when it eventually sprints into Australian dealerships
in about September this year.
Set to arrive in the third quarter, the Stinger will be offered with a choice
of two powertrains, including a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit and the
hot 3.3-litre turbo V6 GT variant that the car-maker’s Australian arm says will
capture 75 per cent of local sales.
Whether both engines will be offered in the three separate grades remains to be
seen, but Kia is working hard to ensure the base four-pot starts the range off
in the low-$40,000 range, while the entry-level V6 should start from about
Speaking with journalists in Melbourne last week, Kia Motors Australia (KMAu)
chief operating officer Damien Meredith said while the Stinger will be pitched
in BMW territory in Europe, the Australian pricing structure would be more in
line with other large sedans such as performance variants of the Holden
“That’s where our target pricing is going,” he said. “In regards to volume … we
think in the initial stages, it’ll be between 200 and 300 (per month). That
will be driven by inventory, because we don’t expect to get a lot (of stock) in
the first four months. In 2018, we’d like to probably build it up to around
about 400 a month. That’s where we see it.”
He added that KMAu’s parent company understood the importance of the Stinger
for the Australian market, given the heritage of rear-wheel-drive performance
“I think KMC (Kia Motor Company) understands the difference of our market
compared to the rest of the world and their view that it can do a dual job for
us. It can be this magnificent halo car that it will be for the brand and that
we can actually get some volume out of it. Isn’t it great that there is a halo
car that you can get some volume out of?”
Rivals in the large car segment include the Chrysler 300 that ranges from
$55,000 to $75,000 plus on-road costs and the Australian-built Holden Commodore
that will be replaced by a European-sourced model next year. The Commodore SS-V
Redline is the most logical competitor to the Stinger GT and it retails from
If Kia achieves its target of about 400 Stingers per month, it would give the
company about 4800 annual sales, which is roughly similar to the yearly haul of
the Mazda6 mid-sizer.
Mr Meredith said that Kia dealers are already holding 30 orders for the Stinger
– all of them for the 3.3-litre V6-powered GT.
Kia confirmed late last month the 276kW/510Nm Stinger GT could cover the
0-100km/h sprint in 4.9 seconds – equalling the soon to be discontinued
V8-powered Commodore SS-V Redline.
A number of Stingers are in Australia undergoing testing and development work
ahead of the third quarter launch, with KMAu’s local ride and handling team,
led by engineer Graeme Gambold, putting the finishing touches on it.
KMAu general manager of media and corporate communications Kevin Hepworth said
the suspension tune of the Australian-spec Stinger is closely related to the
UK-market version and that very few changes were required to ensure it suited
the conditions Down Under.
“They’re (the ride and handling team) actually quite happy with Stinger out of
the box. There were no major concerns, except a tweaking and touching to suit
our roads, more than anything else. The performance angle on the car, they were
quite happy with.”
He added that the exhaust note was one of the few thing Kia would like
enhanced, and that there were currently discussions underway about whether this
could be changed.