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Toronto 2015: Kia introduces GT4 Stinger concept

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Kia Canada hosted the national premiere of its most aggressive concept car ever at the 2015 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. The GT4 Stinger, which pushes the boundaries of performance with a rear-wheel-drive 2+2 sports car, was designed at the company's Irvine studio in California. And we know that Kia concepts serve as pretty good indicators of future production models.

The Kia GT4 Stinger's 315 horsepower come from a 2.0L turbocharged gasoline direct injected (T-GDI) engine mated to a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission driving the rear wheels. It rides on custom 20” aluminum centre-lock wheels featuring carbon fibre inserts, and sports a long hood, transparent A-pillars, a grille surround that glows white and features a multi-layered, satin-black border, along with vertical LED headlights, LED taillights, and dual exhaust ports in the rear bumper.

Similar to the Kia Soul's, the interior of the GT4 Stinger concept offers race-inspired, moulded leather-trimmed bucket seats, billet-aluminum pedals, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and a red LED-illuminated instrument panel. Interior door handles have been replaced by red-stitched pull straps, and there is no stereo.

"The audio system starts under the hood and the speakers are the exhaust pipes," said Tom Kearns, chief designer, Kia Design Center America (KDCA). Underway, the GT4 Stinger's free-flow exhaust burbles and blurts unabashedly and is music to the ears of driving enthusiasts everywhere.