Kia's highly anticipated sports saloon has been revealed at the Detroit auto show. The Stinger GT is big and handsome, more reminiscent of something from one of the major German brands than the relatively young South Korean manufacturer.
Under the bonnet of the five-seat fastback sports saloon is a twin-turbocharged 3.3-litre V6 producing 360bhp and 510Nm of torque. There's no manual option, instead an eight-speed automatic feeds power to the rear wheels.
The styling is unmistakably German-inspired, and Kia has made no attempts to hide its desire to steal buyers from the likes of Audi and Mercedes-Benz. To this end, it poached BMW engineering whizz Albert Biermann in 2014 to look after its vehicle dynamics after appointing former Audi designer Peter Schreyer two years prior.
It's much bigger than most of its rivals, which should make it more of a spacious grand cruiser than a corner-loving country lane hero. Still, with Biermann in charge of the way it drives, expect it be a decent steer.
For the first time, Kia is offering damping control to the driver through an electrically controllable suspension. Firming up the shocks will give the car a sportier feel, while softening them makes long distances more relaxing.
Orth Hendrick, vice president of product planning at Kia North America, called the Stinger a 'dream car' for the company.
He said: "From its GT concept car origins to the years of tuning and refining on the legendary Nurburgring circuit, no detail was too small to be obsessed over, and the result is simply stunning."