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Bmw, Detroit, and Memes: HI NE F KM1199 Kia has revealed its new sports saloon at the Detroit Auto Show, which puts out 360bhp from a 3.3-litre V6 Via @carthrottlenews - It’s called the Stinger GT, and it’s the first Kia that’s likely to pique the interest of the average petrolhead since the Pro_Ceed GT warm hatch. Rear-wheel drive? Check. Well over 300bhp? Check. Good looks? Well, it’s a little fussy at the rear, but to our eyes it’s prettiest Kia since, well, ever. - A 360bhp, 376lb ft 3.3-litre V6 powers the top-of-the-range model, sending its thrust rearwards via a mechanical limited-slip differential. 0-62mph takes 5.1 seconds, and the top speed is a decidedly un-Kia 167mph. There is an optional all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring available - “depending on market,” says Kia - and at a later date there’ll be a lower-powered 2.0-litre entry-level model. Performance figures for the four-cylinder turbo aren’t in the press release, but with 252bhp and 260lb ft on tap, it should be suitably brisk. - This all sounds jolly nice on paper, but further reading makes us hopeful that the GT will be a decent steer too, as well as being quick in a straight line. 55 per cent of the car is made from high-strength steel to give “an ultra-stiff foundation for the ride-and-handling engineers to work with”. Hell, there’s even adaptive dampers, plus a setting on the TFT screen to display G-forces, lap times and oil temperature. Now we’re really far from traditional Kia territory. - It’s not going to be an out-and-out super saloon, though. In a rather telling quote, Kia Europe Chief Designer Gregory Guillaume says: “A true gran turismo, a car for spirited long-distance driving, is not about outright power, hard-edged dynamics and brutal styling, all at the expense of luxury, comfort and grace.” - Speaking of which, what about rivals? In terms of the V6, Kia is taking aim at the likes of the Audi S4, BMW 340i and Mercedes-AMG C43, but it’s actually longer and wider than all cars in that segment. And interestingly, the wheelbase is actually longer than that of a Mercedes CLS.

Via @carthrottlenews - It’s called the Stinger GT, and it’s the first Kia that’s likely to pique the interest of the average petrolhead sinc...

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