Kia Stinger scares BMW, Audi as local dealer embraces Tokumbo
Kia’s stunning Stinger, a four-door-coupe unveiled on Monday may be a sign that carmaker is launching attack on premium car market by taking on the likes of Audi and BMW.
Over the past few years, Kia has built a solid reputation for itself by offering stylish, well-made cars and SUVs for the mass market. Now, the brand wants to.
This is coming as Kia Nigeria Limited launches into sales of Tokumbo vehicles, describing it as ‘best ever certified used car programme’.“The programme enables you to sell your car or swap it for a new model either by outright purchase or finance scheme. We are partnering one of the leading banks to provide a highly competitive EMI and repayment tenure to best fit your budget,” a statement from the organisation said.
The standard 2018 Kia Stinger is powered by a 2.0 liter, 255 horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine while the performance spec GT version gets a 365 horsepower, twin-turbo V6. Both engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission putting power to the pavement through either the rear wheels or all four wheels.
All-wheel-drive Stingers get Kia’s Dynamic Torque Vectoring system, while the rear-drive cars get a limited-slip-differential. Stopping power comes courtesy of a set of vented Brembo brakes.
According to Kia, the V6 Stinger should be able to hit 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 167 mph.Kia’s Head of High-performance Development, Albert Biermann, said: “I think, for the Kia brand, the Stinger is like a special event. “Because nobody expects such a car, not just the way it looks but also the way it drives. It’s a wholly different animal.”
As a four-door coupe, the Stinger is poised to compete directly with the new Audi A5/S5 Sportback as well as the BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe. In addition, shoppers considering such industry heavy weights as the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4, Cadillac ATS, Lexus IS, Infiniti Q50, and Jaguar XE may also consider the Stinger.