Kia Stinger GT concepts show the tuning potential

Kia is showing off the tuning and upgrade potential of the all-new Kia Stinger performance sedan at SEMA 2017, producing a couple of concepts with the help of aftermarket suppliers.

The first, called the Stinger GT Federation, looks like it could actually be a production car, a kind of BMW M3 competitor. It features a bright orange paint colour, but everything else is subtle to give it a neat and tidy lift up.

Under the bonnet the 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 engine is given a K&N cold air intake system, while the exhaust is replaced with a Borla system with quad-outlet tailpipes at the rear. These changes lift power output from 272kW to 283kW.

For the exterior Kia has assigned Air Design USA for the bodykit. You’ll notice the little black extensions, such as the front spoiler, rear lip spoiler, tiny side skirts, and black bonnet vents. A set of TSW 20-inch alloy wheels in dark grey complete the look.

The second concept, called the Wide Body, goes a bit more extreme. It receives a full wide-body kit by West Coast Customs. The front guards are pumped and the rear wheel arches are extended right down to the sill. This helps the Stinger accommodate some deep dish 21-inch Keen forged alloy wheels.

At the front is a low chin spoiler, while the rear gets a chunky-as-hell diffuser system with quad-outlet exhausts. The car is then lowered for that perfect stance, by 1.4 inches at the front and 1.2 inches at the rear.

There’s no mention of any tuning under the bonnet, but Kia says the interior has been given an makeover as well with hand-stitched grey leather, Alcantara for the steering wheel, and some gloss black trimmings for the console.

These two concepts are surely just the tip of the iceberg. We can imagine plenty of tuning packages to come out for the exciting new model in the coming months and years.


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