The Kia Stinger was the first of many wonderful cars that have recently come from Kia Motors. Dating back to January 2017 when Kia started “The Curve Ahead” promotion, subsequently followed by the 2018 Kia Stinger making its first debut at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, many were blown away by the new Kia sports car. Since then, the Kia Stinger has been all over the world, making statements and turning heads with its revolutionary looks and performance. Following its late-2017 early-2018 release, the 2018 Kia Stinger has won awards, filmed plenty of promos, and now, a new custom limited edition pops up every month. Check out what’s new today for the Kia Stinger.
First off, let’s do a little recap since the 2018 Kia Stinger was unveiled to the world. Before the Kia Stinger was released, there were many promotions for it popping up. The first was “The Curve Ahead”, but following its debut was the Stinger Runway Racing Challenge during New York Fashion Week in September 2017. During this time, a chunk of New York City was turned into a fully functioning race track to test and display the true power of the Kia Stinger. The drivers behind the wheel were some of the biggest names in fashion, music, sports, and entertainment.
Following its release, award after award was, well, awarded to the 2018 Kia Stinger. AutoGuide.com was judging a selection of cars in early 2018 with the Stinger being one of them. When it came time to survey and test vehicles for their 2018 “Car of the Year” Award, the Kia Stinger not only won the “2018 Car of the Year” award from AutoGuide.com but also the “2018 AutoGuide.com Reader’s Choice Car of the Year Award.” The fancy sports car also went on to win MotorWeek’s 2018 “Best of the Year” award, a “2018 iF Design Award” for its striking and original appearance, and during its stay at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the 2018 Kia Stinger won “Best Production Car of the Year” and the “2018 Shift Award Vehicle of the Year” during the latest award ceremony hosted by Roadshow by CNET.
When a vehicle wins this many awards, it’s bound to be in the spotlight by all kinds of auto shops who want to make a name for themselves and release their own modified version of the award-winning vehicle. West Coast Customs did this for the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, showing off their own modified 2018 Kia Stinger. However, being a one-off, we can’t say if it’s available for purchase or simply a novelty to display craftsmanship. There are two limited edition 2018 Kia Stinger models available for the masses, though.
The first limited edition model was the Kia Stinger GT Limited Sunset Yellow. With only 400 units made, once this limited edition is sold out, it’s gone. Designed with of course a Sunset Yellow paint job, the interior gets black leather upholstery, and rear-wheel-drive with a Limited-Slip Differential. Only designed for with the Stinger GT trim as the base, the configuration is already set, but that’s okay. Aside from all-wheel drive, the heads-up display, and an upgraded audio system, every 2018 Kia Stinger trim is practically the same.
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Coming out soon is another exclusive special U.S. edition of the Stinger, the 2019 Kia Stinger GT Atlantica. Truly limited, only 500 units of the Stinger GT Atlantica will be made. Although the name may be misleading, this limited edition will actually be built on the Stinger GT2 trim with all-wheel drive. The Stinger GT Atlantica will come with new looks, unique badging, special technology, and of course, an exclusive paint job.
Here’s what Kia Motors has teased about this new limited edition so far. To make the Kia Stinger GT Atlantica stand out, it comes with a super-chill Deep Chroma Blue metallic paint job from Europe that you can’t get on U.S. Stingers. Built with an upscale cabin, also only available in Europe, is Nappa leather upholstery in Espresso Brown and a “suede-type” headliner in black. Special Stinger GT Atlantica numbered badges will be found on the front fenders and the cabin’s center console, similar to the serial number of the Mopar 2017 Dodge Challenger to denote its number out of 500 units and how rare this limited edition really is. The Stinger GT Atlantica will also ride on 19-inch wheels and come with new technology – an exclusive surround-view camera and a wireless phone charger.
“We recognize Stinger is something special and wanted to commemorate the 2019 model year with a stand-out variant … The Atlantica edition introduces more European flare while distinguishing itself with exclusive badging and features not previously offered by Kia in the U.S. market.” – Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning at Kia Motors America.
It’s been one year since we first heard of the 2018 Kia Stinger, and these new special editions are the perfect way to celebrate a one-year anniversary. Interested in your own 2018 Kia Stinger? We have plenty at Miami Lakes Automall, but they’re going fast, so drive on over today.