Following a series of photos that were (somewhat intentionally) circulated on social media, we can now confirm that the Kia Stinger will be making an appearance at this weekend's auto show in World Trade Center Manila and will be launched in the Philippine market.
This is perhaps the most exciting news yet to come from Kia following Ayala's acquisition of the rights to become the official distributor of the Korean auto brand in the Philippines. The new distributor is a partnership between Ayala's AC Industrials and the former distributor, Columbian Autocar Corporation.
The Stinger is undeniably Kia's most exciting car, and the variant we will get is the Stinger GT; the range topping version. The model itself is a 5-door liftback, and features many of Kia's signature design elements such as the grille, the headlights and more. The design was derived from the Kia GT Concept from 2011 and was continued by Peter Schreyer (Hyundai and Kia's head for design) and his team. The final production model was revealed at the 2017 Detroit motor show.
Below is the full spec sheet of the 2019 Kia Stinger GT:
The specifications of the Philippine-market Kia Stinger GT shows that it will have an 8-speed automatic gearbox driving the rear wheels, Brembo brakes front and rear, 19-inch alloy wheels, projector LED headlights, quad tailpipes, an electronic parking brake, push start, 7 airbags, traction control, stability control, a Harman Kardon speaker system, and many more. The Stinger GT can be ordered in three colors: Snow White Pearl, Hi Chroma Red, and Aurora Black Pearl.
In foreign markets, the Stinger can be had with a variety of engines from a 2.2-liter CRDI turbodiesel, a 2.0-liter gasoline turbo direct injection engine, but the Philippine version will only have one engine, and it's the best one: a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 that pumps out 370 horsepower.
As such, the Philippine Stinger GT can get from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 270 km/h
The Stinger actually uses a platform that's similar to the Hyundai Genesis; as such, the Stinger is rear-wheel drive (with an option for all-wheel drive in foreign markets). Perhaps the most interesting bits about the Kia Stinger is that it was engineered by an man who was formerly of BMW's M division, which is why there are some positive reviews regarding the performance of this new Kia.
Kia will announce the prices of the Stinger GT tomorrow when they display it for the public at the Manila International Auto Show. You can bet we'll be making a bee line for their booth to get a closer look.