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Near the end of October 2019, renderings of the K5 in South Korea started making rounds on the internet. One of the reasons why the new K5 garnered interest was because K5 is the name given to the Kia Optima in the South Korean market. Put two and two together, and word was that these new renderings were also concept renderings for the new 2021 Kia Optima. It may not look as futuristic as the rendering, but we’d be lying if we didn’t say the new 2021 Kia Optima is looking fresher than ever. There’s even some sports car appeal in there.
From Render to Reality
You know, it’s not often that a concept or render will keep the same looks and features once the vehicle goes into production. The 2020 Kia Telluride SUV is a prime example of an automaker beefing up a concept with a bunch of cool technology that gets left on the cutting room floor. We expected the same to happen to the 2021 Kia Optima, but so far, it’s looking a lot like the render Kia Motors promised. Starting with the front fascia, those lightning-bolt shaped headlights are still drawing attention to the new mean tiger-face grille that Kia Motors is using to replace their well-known tiger-nose grille. This vehicle is most likely not electric, so there are still two grilles integrated into the front, but with the Kia Futuron concept, an all-electric vehicle from Kia Motors may already be on the way.
Back when the 2018 Kia Stinger first came out, we were blown away. So was everyone else with how many awards the Kia Stinger won from the day of its debut and throughout the year. We also wanted to let consumers know that, although the Kia Stinger is on the luxury end of sports cars, it still makes a good case for four-door family sedans, and if looking for something similar but a smaller price tag, the Kia Optima is a good choice. Speaking of four-door family cars, the 2019 Dodge Charger is also making a testament to the class segment, and with both sports cars here at Miami Lakes Automall, we think family cars are here to stay.
For now, anyways. With Dodge going electric in the coming model years, stating that 2020 will see some hybrid options, possibly with the Challenger or Charger nametag, it might be a good time to look at getting a four-door family car while it can still be called a sports car. Yes, although both vehicles have some pretty standard powertrains, a four-cylinder turbo in the Stinger and the 3.6-liter V6 in the Charger, many would still call them sports cars, and there’s a pretty obvious reason why – potential.
Sure, the base Kia Stinger trim comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the hood, able to generate 255 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. It may not have the same oomph of the 365-horsepower twin-turbo V6 engine under the hood of the Stinger GT trims, but it still has launch. The vehicle drivers like a sports car with either powertrain, and with all-wheel drive, the Stinger can handle a variety of road conditions.
Kia Motors is starting to revolutionize the auto industry. When the automaker released the 2018 Kia Stinger, it was the beginning of a new path for Kia and a wake up call to the auto market. Sports cars are still alive and well in this SUV and crossover-saturated market, but there’s still room for innovation. Back in 2017, the Hyundai Motor Group discussed hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and how Kia Motors will get their own. A part of the automotive group, many thought Kia Motors would follow Hyundai and place focus on a performance line after the success of the Stinger, but Kia Motors has placed their focus on a GT line instead and debuted this with their Kia Forte GT at SEMA 2018. Kia Motors is also known for innovative technology though, and isolated sound zone technology isn’t all – the next move for the Hyundai Motor Group is solar panel-equipped vehicles.
Solar panels on cars? When we think about it, this was a long time coming. We have hybrids, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and all-electric vehicles (EVs). With the need to charge the latter, consumers are constantly wary about needing to find a place to plug-in if driving an EV or getting the most mileage out of their PHEV. Although electric charging stations are popping up all around Miami, Florida and the rest of the nation, and apps like PlugShare exist, consumers still worry. Well, wouldn’t solar panels on the roof of a vehicle help with that?
Kia Motors is really into developing new technology these days, and it’s amazing. First is was the Kia Telluride that recently popped up during the 2018 Fashion Week in New York, with an LED light-rejuvenation panel, second-row media band, and the ability to display vital signs just by having someone sit in a seat. Then, Kia Motors began work on a wireless charging system for electric vehicles. Isolated sound zone technology by Kia was the latest, but now they’ve got something really interesting. It’s all-wheel drive, at the push of a button.
Testing it out on the Kia Stinger, Kia Motors announced their next-generation “CK D-AWD” system at the Hyundai Motor Group’s Namyang R&D Center in South Korea. Those acronyms stand for the Stinger’s chassis code (CK) and “Dynamic All-Wheel Drive”. The Kia Stinger is already plenty successful, but Kia Motors knows better than to ride that wave out. They’re looking into making their prized pony even more fun to drive, and that starts with D-AWD.
Rear-wheel drive (RWD) comes standard on the 2018 Kia Stinger, with all-wheel drive as the optional drivetrain. For 2019, instead of choosing between two drivetrains, consumers get RWD automatically, but can opt-in for an all-wheel drive electronically-controlled transfer case. Sound familiar? It’s the same technology found on Jeep® vehicles and other off-road automobiles.
First it was the Dodge Charger Pursuit made for Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) looking to get a one up on criminals that think they can outrun the boys in blue. Then came the 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit immediately followed by the 2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit. It was only a matter of time before the POs decided to look at other automakers and the fast vehicles they’re producing. Assuming no one wants to beat up a Chevy Corvette, the best choice for a sports car to get a badge is the one and only Kia Stinger.
There is no official name for the fleet of Kia Stinger police cruisers, but when it comes to the Queensland Police Service (QPS) in Australia, they surely won’t have any trouble catching up with the bad guys. Although the Kia Stinger GT trims are more powerful, to start, the Queensland Police will be putting 50 units of the 365hp 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 Stinger into service this year alone. Seems police forces around the world are starting to discover the potential of Kia Motors.
There’s no word yet on what kind of modifications one would see on a Kia Stinger police cruiser. It could take some cues from the West Coast Customs modified 2018 Kia Stinger for a power boost and mods for better handling in tough road conditions. It would be wise to grab a few ideas from the current Pursuit vehicles in America, such as special door panels made from high-grade kevlar and able to withstand gunfire from a 44 Magnum and lower, performance-tuned suspension, larger brake rotors, high-performance tires, and the QPS may want to look into a couple of safety add-ons. The 2018 Kia Stinger V6 trims may come with a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, and a front and rear park assist system, but for the Dodge police cruisers, these were upgraded to also warn the police officer if someone is approaching the vehicle and then engages safety protocols for maximum security.
Is there really anything else we can say about the 2018 Kia Stinger that hasn’t been said already? The 2018 Kia Stinger Continues to Win Awards from all sorts of big names in the industry, most recently the interior of the Kia Stinger Won the 10 Best Interiors Trophy from WardsAuto and was named by the U.S. News & World Report for “Best Four-Door Sports Cars”. The 2018 Kia Stinger is also an affordable sports car that beats the competition of expensive and “fast” vehicles. Is there really anything else? Well, sometimes it takes a keen eye and a little curiosity to notice the smaller things that make this sports car something unique.
Let’s talk about style. The 2018 Kia Stinger is one sexy-looking machine, mechanophilia’s rejoice! Not only is the Kia Stinger immediately recognizable, but it can attract car enthusiasts and sports car lovers within a 50-foot radius (this actually happened, no joke). But there is something quite obvious about the Kia Stinger that we’d like to mention. The 2018 Kia Stinger is a sports car – not an SUV, not a crossover, not a truck. Thank the Automotive Gods we don’t have to deal with another SUV or crossover. Sure, the auto market is shifting towards crossovers, but we don’t all want a big car. So it’s nice to see a change by a well-known and loved automotive brand, Kia Motors.
And do you know why the 2018 Kia Stinger won the “10 Best Interiors Trophy from WardsAuto”? It could be because every trim of the Kia Stinger features leather upholstery; or because the Stinger, yet elegant, roomy, and athletic, takes some cues from the popular Kia Optima for a roomy and comfortable cabin; or because the interior is designed intuitively, giving drivers a sense of a second skin or an extension of themselves. Now that is something you won’t hear about most automobiles.
Lately, it seems if people aren’t talking about the 2018 Kia Stinger, still an amazing sports car by Kia Motors that wins tons of awards, then people are talking about the hip 2018 Kia Soul. Recently, the Kia Soul sold its millionth unit, a new sales Kia Soul record, and was named the best budget vehicle not too long ago. Coming around the corner of mid-2018, the 2018 Kia Soul was just named on Kelley Blue Book’s “10 Coolest New Cars Under $20,000” list (starting MSRP at $16,200*). Said to be an “alluring combination of bold style, SUV-like versatility, and practicality, with a roster of standard and available features that add to the Soul’s value,” the 2018 Kia Soul is both functional and fashionable for today’s youth drivers.
“Unmistakable styling, with a youthful demeanor, makes the Kia Soul a standout … The Soul’s long list of standard features and practical utility are sure to please, while its excitement factor is increased by a rainbow of available exterior colors – check out bright green Alien 2. This is how you do automotive coolness.” – Michael Harley, executive editor for Kelley Blue Book.
Quite a statement, and to think the 2018 Kia Soul is only in its fifth model year. Known as an iconic urban passenger vehicle offers a fun, funky, and functional approach to everyday driving, the 2018 model focuses on expanding the availability of UVO across the model range by adding the innovative infotainment system to the Base Convenience Package as well as to Soul Plus (+) trim as standard equipment. Other packages include the Soul Plus Primo Package that adds Smart Cruise Control (SCC) and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), and the new Soul Plus Primo “Lit” (groan) Package includes HID headlights and LED positioning lights to enhance Soul’s on-road presence.
Man, we love the new 2018 Kia Stinger. We love how the Kia Stinger wins so many awards, most recently for best interior by WardsAuto, and we loved throwing a little dirt at all the expensive fast cars that can’t match the Kia Stinger GT. The 2018 Kia Stinger GT is also pretty affordable … but what if looking for a Kia vehicle as cool as the Stinger, without the powerful engine and maybe a smaller price tag? Maybe a gift for a new teen driver that isn’t crazy about hatchbacks like the Kia Soul? The 2018 Kia Optima is said to be a bit of a luxury sedan, and we’re going to show you why with a comparison between the Kia Optima and the Kia Stinger.
Both Kia models have five trims, with the Kia Optima lineup consisting of the LX, S, LX 1.6T, EX, and EX trims, and the Kia Stinger lineup with the 2.0L, Premium, GT, GT1, and GT2 trims. Three engine options are available on the 2018 Kia Optima, with the base starting at $22,600*, powered by a 2.4-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine optimized by dual continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) for better performance and fuel economy. This vehicle can generate 185 horsepower and, paired to a six-speed automatic transmission, has a fuel economy of 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. The Kia Stinger 2.0L starts at $31,900* and is powered by a twin scroll turbocharged 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine, also optimized with CVVT. The Stinger 2.0L can generate 255 horsepower, is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and has a fuel economy of 22/29 mpg city/highway if driving on rear-wheel drive – 21/29 mpg city/highway if opting in for all-wheel drive, for another $2,200.
The 2018 Kia Stinger has a lot going for it. A new sports car from Kia Motors, many wanted to get their hands on the Stinger to make modified versions, one of which popped up at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. Kia Stinger Limited Editions were also released by Kia Motors a year after its debut to celebrate their newest addition and achievement. The 2018 Kia Stinger has won many awards since its release, and most recently was just named by WardsAuto for the “Best Interior Trophy.” With a starting MSRP of $31,900*, the 2018 Kia Stinger is more affordable than many expensive cars known to drag race. The Kia Stinger GT is even faster, and we’re going to pit it against some of the fastest cars that should probably rethink their price tag when the affordable Kia Stinger GT does laps around them.
Kia Stinger GT
Starting at $38,350*, the middle trim of the 2018 Kia Stinger lineup is the Kia Stinger GT. Powered by a twin turbocharged 3.3-liter DOHC V6 engine that can generate 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque, the Kia Stinger GT has a powertrain optimized for success and high performance. The DOHC design stands for “Double Overhead Camshaft”, and it’s a design that basically splits the work of an engine’s cylinders (six in this case) in half to take stress off the engine and allow it to perform more smoothly. This engine has also been optimized with continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) technology to increase the frequency the V6 cylinders intake gas and air and exhaust the resulting fumes, and uses gasoline direct injection for faster fuel delivery into the combustion chamber. Idle Stop and Go has also been integrated to save fuel economy when the engine idles, such as in stop-and-go traffic.
The 2018 Kia Stinger GT is said to have a 0-60 mph time of 4.7 seconds. We know it’s power, and we know it’s price. Now take a look at some of its competitors that think “high-performance” equates to “more expensive.”
Yeah, we all know a Porsche is a “great car”, maybe even one of luxury given the starting price of $86,050 (dang!) And that’s for the standard trim; the trim we’re putting up against the 2018 Kia Stinger GT starts at $90,650 and is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine that can only generate 330 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque (lol, really?) All that money for a weaker engine that accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds? Pffft, next!
Have you heard of the new 2018 Stinger Salon? It’s a new marketing effort by Kia to familiarize customers with the new Kia Stinger. There are several Stinger Salon’s opening up in various locations in America, including one at Aventura Mall in our backyard of Aventura, Florida. Defined as “galleries”, each Stinger Salon will have the Stinger on display, offering an inviting space to learn more about the vehicle.
Enter Eview 360.
Eview 360 is an international, award-winning design agency that has been creating memorable brand experiences for global clients since 1999. Drawing an intersection between design and technology, Eview 360 manages to create award-winning experiences online and in the physical environment. Specializing in brand development, digital and mobile technologies, auto shows, retail, and special-event design, this agency seems like the perfect choice.
In August 2017, Kia Motors reached out to the Detroit-based Eview 360 for help in creating the special Stinger salons. In fact, Kia basically handed the project over to Eview, giving them the responsibility of handpicking and negotiating site locations, as well as designing, implementing, and manufacturing every inch of these strategically placed salons. Within four months, Eview designed an entire prototype space in virtual reality to get the ball rolling. In addition, to really dig in, the design team also sent its virtual-reality headgear equipment directly to Kia’s headquarters in Irvine, California, allowing the Kia team to “virtually” immerse itself into the prototype for the salon’s environment.