Arguable the most anticipated mainstream model of 2017, the all-new Kia Stinger GT is the Korean car maker’s first attempt at high performance motoring. And this week the twin-turbo V6 Stinger is going to sting even more with two fully customised examples on display at the 2017 SEMA show in Las Vegas.
Kia Stinger GT Wide Body
Bathed in layers of pearl blue metallic paint, the Stinger GT Wide Body is a specially modified work of art by renown aftermarket design house West Coast Customs. The Stinger already commands attention with its wide and imposing stance, but West Coast Customs’ wide body example takes the Stinger to a whole new level.
Taking inspiration from the racing GT cars of the 1970s, this modern interpretation seamlessly blends tyre hugging wide fenders with the Stinger’s already narrow waist. Riding on a suspension that’s been lowered 1.4-inches up front and 1.2-inches in the rear, the Stinger GT Wide Body rides on 21-inch Keen forged wheels wrapped with high-performance tyres.
A lightweight carbon fiber aero kit and rear diffuser will keep the Stinger firmly planted at high speed, while the quad-port exhaust tips proclaim that this is no typical Stinger GT.
Inside the driver-centric cockpit, the Stinger GT Wide Body includes custom blue leather seat piping, a distinct hand-stitched gray leather dash panel, alcantara-wrapped steering wheel as well as gloss black center console trim.
Kia Stinger GT Federation
The second Stinger GT taking centre stage at Kia’s SEMA booth is the Stinger GT Federation outfitted with parts and accessories from some of the world’s leading aftermarket brand names.
Designed to showcase the Stinger’s available aftermarket support, the Stinger GT Federation boasts a performance-inspired exterior body kit by Air Design USA which includes a rear spoiler, rear diffuser and redesigned bonnet vents. The body accent kits provide a stunning contrast to the custom creamy-orange paint scheme that proclaims the Stinger’s sporting intentions.
A K&N cold-air intake and a low-restriction quad-tipped Borla exhaust help the Stinger breathe more freely and are designed to pump an additional 15 horsepower through the twin-turbo 3.3-litre V6 engine, bringing the sport sedan’s power output to 380 hp (283 kW).
Eibach springs, thicker antiroll bars and a reduced ride height aim to offer a more spirited driving experience, while aggressive staggered 20-inch TSW wheels shod with Falken tyres round out the Stinger GT Federation’s visual and technical achievements.