Already thinking of what to modify when you get your hands on the all-new Kia Stinger? Why not make it into a fire-breathing drift machine? While not exactly the most subtle of modifications, Kia recently unveiled a special edition Stinger that can do just that.
Making its world debut at this year's New York International Auto Show is the limited edition Stinger GTS, a sportier and more dynamic rendition of the sports sedan. Limited to only 800 units worldwide, each will come with a specially-tuned all-wheel drive system.
Unlike the standard GT which comes only with all-wheel drive (AWD), the GTS is fitted with what Kia calls Dynamic all-wheel drive (D-AWD). According to the automaker, this system bridges the gap between a traditional rear-wheel drive and the grippier all-wheel drive system. It gets a new mechanical limited-slip rear differential for enhanced traction and power distribution, along with several new rear-biased drive modes: comfort, sport, and drift.
When engaged in drift mode: the system sends all available power to the rear wheels and holds the gears without upshifting to maintain the drift. Meanwhile, comfort and sport modes send only about 60% and 80% of the power to the rear wheels accordingly. There's also a new control logic system that monitors slip control, counter steer detection, and transmission shift pattern.
Under the hood remains the powerful 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6. No modifications have been made to the engine; which means it still produces an impressive 370 PS along with 510 Nm of torque. Power is then transferred to an eight-speed automatic transmission with sport mode and manual gear select.
Besides giving it a better drivetrain, Kia was also busy installing several exterior and interior enhancements. These include an exclusive 'Federation Orange' body color, carbon fiber components (side mirrors, front grill, side vents), and a GTS rear emblem. As for what's inside, the GTS comes with the following: sunroof, 720-watt Harman/Kardon sound system, wireless charging for smartphones, and Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel.
With only 800 units to be made in total, let's hope the Philippines will get several examples of this factory-built drift machine.