Kia Stinger GT taken off sale within the UK
Kia has introduced that the Stinger GT is formally useless within the UK, leaving area for the all-electric EV6 GT to take its place because the model’s flagship excessive efficiency mannequin. Initially launched as a excessive efficiency fastback in 2017 with each petrol and diesel powertrains, the massive four-door was finest identified for its 360bhp turbocharged V6 petrol mannequin that helped redefine the model within the UK, rivalling premium saloons just like the BMW M340i and Audi S4.
Stinger gross sales will proceed in different markets the place it nonetheless proves to be fashionable – significantly in North America and Australia. Within the UK, Kia will focus its assets on the supply of its EV6, Sportage and Niro crossovers, all of that are promoting quicker than Kia can construct them.
Regardless of premium ambitions and plenty of assets behind its growth, the Stinger GT by no means fairly caught on within the UK, its giant dimensions and thirsty petrol engine retaining it as a distinct segment selection in Europe. It was quick, although, and regardless of some tough edges to its driving expertise was an interesting addition to Kia’s vary.
But greater than something, the Stinger cemented Kia’s ambition to turn into greater than only a value-driven model right here within the UK. No matter its restricted gross sales success, it helped Kia shrug off its earlier picture, thrusting its model upwards out there to the vanguard of the mainstream sector.
Nothing underlines this modification in model notion higher than the brand new EV6 GT that’s as a consequence of change the Stinger. Coming with a £62,645 record value, 577bhp electrical powertrain and three.5sec 0-62mph time, the automotive has a full set of figures that had been as soon as unthinkable for Kia.