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Tight curves, changes in elevation and no room for error: it’s no coincidence that Caldwell Park in Lincolnshire is known as the “mini-Nürburgring”. Add touring car world champion Rob Huff, and the mighty new 3.3 litre V6 twin-turbo Kia Stinger, and you’ve got quite a combination. Just click on the video above to see exactly what the Kia Stinger can do…
The high-performance Kia Stinger is the creation of Albert Biermann - the company’s head of vehicle test and performance development. Below he shares his thoughts for the Stinger as it finally meets the world.
The Stinger is not just another luxury sedan with a very powerful engine. Basically, it is a rear-drive, five-passenger fastback sports sedan but almost on a high-performance level and with a very smart packaging concept. The mission of our Kia Stinger is to become an everyday dream car, combining power, practicality and extremely appealing styling for long-distance GT driving. Confidently, we want to make this car the most exciting and thrilling Kia machine ever. Yes, the Kia Stinger is a whole different animal. I believe the Kia Stinger has the potential to be a one-of-a-kind and game-changing new frontier in the markets.
The car was launched and tested at the famous Nurburgring in Germany - what were the reasons behind that?
The Nordschleife has 73 corners and a 300-metre elevation change in the course of one lap. Engineers are able to test cars under hard acceleration and braking, heavy cornering, and at high speeds. It emulates the full working life of a vehicle in just 10,000 km - this high-intensity testing makes the Nürburgring the ideal place to validate a car’s quality and reliability. For the Stinger, it also provides us with a unique environment to test ride and handling, engine and overall performance on the most challenging race track in the world.
What are you most proud of about the KIA Stinger?
As Kia’s head of vehicle test and high performance development I am proud that our R&D teams got the chance to create the fastest-accelerating production car ever for the Kia brand. We were able to apply a new philosophy of chassis development that takes a strong focus on precision, agility and fun-to-drive. Now the driving experience can compete with the highly emotional appearance; the Stinger drives as good as it looks.