Kia shows off the AWD Stinger GTS at the New York Auto Show

Kia shows off the AWD Stinger GTS at the New York Auto Show

Kia is all set to enter the Indian market with their SP2i SUV later this year. Though the Stinger GT too is on the cards, the company has not confirmed the launch yet. At the New York Auto Show, the Korean company unveiled the Stinger GTS. Limited to just 800 examples, the US-only car packs an AWD and a drift mode as well.

The Kia Stinger is available as a rear-wheel-drive car in the UK while some markets do get the all-wheel-drive model. However, this limited-edition Grand Tourer gets a newly developed dynamic all-wheel-drive system with drift mode.

So what is Dynamic All-Wheel Drive?

The Stinger GTS packs a rear-biased all-wheel drive with a mechanical limited-slip differential. The car gets three driving modes- Comfort, Sports and drift. While the comfort mode gives a 60:40 rear-biased power profile for everyday use, the Sport mode gives 80:20 rear-bias for some enthusiastic driving. The drift mode puts all the power to the rear wheel and prevents upshifting, allowing you to pull off some sick drifts.

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What powers the Kia Stinger GTS?

The Stinger GTS continues to be powered by the 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 with 365bhp and 509Nm. Power is sent to all the wheels using an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The Kia Stinger GTS is available either with the Dynamic All-Wheel-Drive or the old school rear wheel drive.

Other bits of the Kia Stinger GTS

The Korean grand tourer is available in “federation Orange” colour only. This car gets some carbonfibre bits like the rear view mirror caps, side vents and the grille. The GTS gets Alcantara finish for the steering wheel and center console, while the headlinder is covered in “suede-like Chamude”. Sunroof, wireless charging, and a 720-watt Harman Kardon sound system are offered as standard.

The rear-wheel-drive version carries a price tag of USD 44,000, which roughly translates to Rs 30.67 lakh. The dynamic all-wheel-drive is priced at USD 46,500 which lakh.

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