The Kia Stinger GT made quite the entrance at the 2017 North American International Auto Show this year. In a hall filled with crossovers, the Stinger GT offered solace for the enthusiast with rear-wheel drive, a twin-turbo V6 and sporting intentions.
While Americans no doubt will be intrigued by the prospect of a sport sedan from Kia, Australians have taken note, as the locally-produced Holden VF Commodore inches its way towards the end. The Stinger GT will arrive in Australia on September 1, 2017, and will compete directly with both the Commodore SV6 and SS before heading to the great automotive graveyard.
Ahead of the car’s launch, the brand had some fighting words for GM’s Australian subsidiary, reports Motoring.
“For the last 20 or 30 years Holden has been telling us if it’s not rear-wheel drive it’s not a proper car,” said Kia Australia media and corporate communications general manager, Kevin Hepworth.
“Well we’ve got one – have you?”
Kia has high hopes for the Stinger GT, expecting to attract 6,000 Australians per year if it’s priced correctly, and maybe even break into the police vehicle market. The twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 powered Stinger GT may be priced at under $50,000, AUD which would pin it square in the Commodore SS’ playing field.