According to Motor Authority
, acceleration isn't the first characteristic that comes to mind when it comes to Kia, but the automaker will change that with their confirmation of the upcoming Stinger's 0-62mph sprint time.
Powered by a 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6 engine, the Stinger GT can accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 4.9 seconds.
This was achieved with an 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Kia is still holding off on announcing the figures for the all-wheel drive version.
As it was timed from 0-62mph, the Stinger's 0-60mph figure should be even lower. That should put it in the same league as other performance sedans like the Mercedes-AMG C43 with a time of 4.7 seconds, or maybe even the E43 at 4.6 seconds.
While this may not seem newsworthy to some because there are faster sedans out there, it is a milestone for the automaker as the Stinger is the fastest-accelerating car the brand has ever produced.
At launch the Stinger will be offered with other engine options including a 255-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4. Some markets will even be getting a 197-hp turbocharged 2.2-liter inline-4 diesel variant.
Once it goes on sale late this year, customers can choose to get their Stinger in a yellow paint finish and have it fitted with an optional carbon fiber pack.