According to the latest rumor flying off the mill, the Kia GT concept is about to morph into a production version, tipped to adopt the Stinger name instead of the uglier CK codename.
The base version of the model will sport 311 hp but the more upscale variant will pack 362 hp under the hood. Kia Australia COO Damien Meredith has been quoted saying “We can’t wait for CK. It will be here in the third quarter of next year, in two specifications priced from about $40,000 AUD ($29,905 USD).” There were no more details shared, but the reports suggest there will also be an entry-level version with a 3.8-liter V6 engine good for 311 horsepower and 293 pound-feet of torque. The executive did confirm the plans for a jacked-up version that will deliver higher-performance credentials thanks to the use of a biturbo 3.3-liter V6 engine packing 362 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque.
The Stinger will then be priced approximately $50,000 AUD ($37,340) and the model will harness the exact same rear-wheel drive architecture that is used for the Genesis G80. The rumors also go on to say an all-wheel drive version is also on the menu but nothing has been confirmed so far. Kia has rather high expectations for the model, mainly in Australia, as the “CK will arrive just before the unfortunate demise of Australian car manufacturing” and is considered a “great opportunity” for the company to snatch customers from the Ford Falcon or Holden Commodore roster.