Long time sponsor of Australian tennis, Kia has declared open season on its cars with a number of Australian Open Special Editions.

Heading up the line up is a Rafa Stinger, together with special editions of the Picanto, Rio and Sportage – all in limited numbers.

Only 75 examples of the Rafa Stinger will be offered, representing each of Rafael Nadal’s 75 singles titles during his outstanding career.

Based on the entry 200S four cylinder model, the Rafa Special adds 19-inch alloys, an 8-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, 9-speaker audio and premium brown interior, along with exclusive body decals including a Rafa signature plus and a numbered interior badge.

As part of the deal Kia even throws in an autographed Rafa tennis racquet with certificate of authenticity.

Priced from $47,990 – $2000 more than the entry 200S – the Rafa Signature Edition is available in Panthera Metal, Deep Chroma Blue or Aurora Black Pearl.

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Rafa Stinger Australian Open special edition.

Also available is the Picanto AO edition which introduces GT-Line styling cues with contrasting body accents, dual exhaust tips and body kit.

It also adds 16-inch alloys, GT-Line badging, LED position lights and Daytime Running Lights, premium seats with red accents, premium steering wheel and gear shift knob, alloy sports pedals and six speakers.

Each of the 150 available cars will also come with an AO pack consisting of a Babolat racquet, backpack and a tube of Wilson balls.

At $16,777 driveaway, the 150 examples of Picanto AO are available in Clear White, Aurora Black, Titanium Silver and Signal Red.

Stepping up to the AO Sportage model brings a bag full of goodies, including Autonomous Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, satellite navigation with traffic information, dual-zone climate control, rain sensing wipers, 18-inch alloys, front parking sensors, LED daylight running lights and high beam assist all become part of the package.

There will be 360 petrol examples of the AO Sportage and 140 diesel at $31,777 and $36,777 driveaway respectively. They are available in all current Sportage colours and come with racquet, backpack and balls.

The final AO Special Edition is the S-based Rio which garners 17-inch alloys, steering-wheel mounted cruise control, mirror-integrated indicators plus premium steering wheel and shift knob.

The 300 examples are available in all current range colours at $17,777 driveaway and also come with the tennis pack.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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