New Stinger reaches for the stars

Riley Riley

A new special edition should give Stinger sales a lift for Kia.

We’re talking about the special release Kia Stinger Night Sky Edition.

Based off the 3.3-litre twin-turbo GT, the Stinger Night Sky Edition features an all-new light grey Nappa leather interior trim.

Plus it gets a standard dealer-fit bimodal exhaust which enhances the note of the exhaust under hard acceleration, giving the new model genuine optical and aural appeal.

The 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged V6 ‘Lambda II’ delivers 272kW of power at 6000 rpm, and 510Nm torque from 1300 to 4500 rpm.

And, with the help of launch control, the car can accelerate from 0-to-100km/h in just 4.9 seconds, with a top speed of 270km/h.

The engine is hooked up to a slick eight-speed automatic transmission.

The transmission offers adaptive shift and throttle programs, as well as levels of steering assistance — which drivers can select through the car’s electronic Drive Mode Select.

Drivers can leave the car to shift for itself, or change gears with steering wheel-mounted paddles.

The Stinger is Kia’s first sedan with rear-wheel drive and power is distributed throughout the rear axle via a mechanical limited slip differential.

A large sunroof is standard, along with power tailgate, alloy sports pedals, propeller style air vents, and the roof and door pillars are trimmed in suede.
The large tablet style 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system includes satellite navigation, digital radio and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
There is also wireless phone charging capability.
One of the highlights of the GT is the 15-speaker, 720 watt Harman/Kardon audio system, which features eight speakers, four tweeters, centre speaker and two subwoofers powered by an external amplifier (and great sound).
A string of safety features, including drowsiness alert and auto emergency braking (AEB), plus active cruise, 360-degree overhead camera, LED head lights that turn with the wheel, automatic high beam and colour Heads Up Display (HUD).

Night Sky will be available in three exclusive colours: Micro Blue, Deep Chroma Blue and Aurora Black Pearl.

It’s priced from $63,500 plus on roads — $710 more than the GT (and $1290 below the GT Carbon Edition).

As with all Kia cars, the Stinger GT Night Sky Edition benefits from Australia’s most complete 7-year new car warranty with 7-year capped price servicing and 7-year roadside assist.


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