Not just for Europe, but the Kia Stinger GT was honed on the Nurburgring image

It’s not going to sell the best on the old Continent – rather in places such as the Americas or at home and in China – but it does come with the panache of being driven hard on the Nurburgring ahead of the release.

The new Kia Stinger has positioned itself as the flagship performance model of the brand, packing a group-borrowed 3.3-liter biturbo V6 with 365 horsepower (272 kilowatts), and in order to support claims of going against the likes of BMW and Audi, it also went through sporty preparations. More precisely, the firm decided the new sports sedan needed some Nurburgring time – a rather punishing trial of 480 laps and more than 6,200 miles (10,000 kilometers) of Nurburgring testing in a very short period of time. The diesel-powered Stinger, the most enticing for the Europeans, even added an additional 12,400 miles (20,000 kilometers) on the Green Hell.

Not just for Europe, but the Kia Stinger GT was honed on the Nurburgring 1

Designers and engineers worked together to make sure performance matched the aerodynamic stance and vice versa, “The new Kia GT is a true gran turismo, a car for spirited long-distance driving,” said Gregory Guillaume, Kia Motors Europe’s Chief Designer. “It’s not about outright power, hard-edged dynamics and brutal styling all at the expense of luxury, comfort and grace. The new GT has nothing to do with being the first to arrive at the destination – this car is all about the journey. It’s about passion.” After the Nurburgring testing, revisions were made to the aero elements – and also some minor suspension changes.