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Kia is not known for being a sport-minded brand.  While they have teased consumers with athletic concepts like the GT, nothing has come to fruition. This week, that all changed. On Monday, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Kia took aim at German performance with the Stinger GT.

Hitting markets later this year, the Stinger will feature two power plants. The base cars will receive a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder which produces 255 horsepower. Opt for the range topping GT and buyers get a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 that pushes power output to 365 horsepower. Both engines will send power through an 8-speed automatic transmission that will be available in rear- and all-wheel drive configurations. A driving mode selector will allow the driver to tailor handling dependent on road conditions. As far as performance figures are concerned, the GT promise a low five second 0 – 60 time. 

Outside, the Korean sports car is longer, wider and lower than its Optima kin. LED headlamps surround the signature “tiger-nose” grill, while vents in the hood and fenders show the sedan means business. Quad tailpipes finish out the sporty theme in the back. The Stinger boasts an interior that matches the sporty outside, complete with deviated stitching on the leather upholstery, well-bolstered sport seats and a well regarded suite of Kia UVO infotainment electronics. Pricing for the all-new Stinger will be announced closer to the release date.