CARS.COM — Kia's much-awaited Stinger performance sedan will start at $32,800, including a $900 destination charge. That's for the base rear-wheel-drive car with the 255-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Kia also said the Stinger will begin arriving "in select markets" in December. The official price list released Nov. 16 by Kia differs slightly from an earlier preview of pricing released at the company's Stinger drive event.
We've been waiting to know what the ante would be for the hot, good-looking and legitimate sports sedan from an unlikely maker. The four-door hatchback's unveiling was the talk of the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, and the Stinger was Cars.com's pick for Best in Show. Cars.com will be following up the pricing news, which leaked out today, with driving impressions soon, so check back.
A more luxury-equipped version of the 2.0-liter model, the Stinger Premium 2.0T with features such as LED lighting and upgraded multimedia, will start at $38,000; that's not far from the top-end for Kia's mainstream 2018 Optima mid-size sedan with a 245-hp, turbo 2.0-liter, fully loaded at $38,030 (all prices include destination).
Kia says the Stinger four-cylinder will be good for 5.9 seconds from zero-to-60 mph, but the versions that really put the sting in the Stinger have under the hood a 365-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6 making 376 pounds-feet of torque that can propel the car to 60 mph in an estimated 4.7 seconds.
That engine is offered in three trim levels, adding features from Brembo brakes and adaptive suspension to a head-up display and upgraded Nappa leather seats:
- The GT, starting at $39,250
- The GT1, at $44,150
- The GT2 at $50,100
Not cheap, but still these are value prices that may have premium-brand sports sedans watching their rear-view mirrors.
All-wheel drive is available on all models for an additional $2,200.
Editor's note: This story was updated Nov. 16, 2017, to reflect Kia's official pricing, which differs slightly from an earlier preview of pricing released at the company's Stinger drive event.
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