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GT4 Stinger: Kia Concept Car To Turn Heads at Detroit Auto Show

Friday, 03 Jan 2014 10:00 AM

By Clyde Hughes


Kia's contribution to the upcoming Detroit Auto Show, the head-turning GT4 Stinger, will give visitors a new perspective on the South Korean automaker, Autoweek argues.

The GT4 Stinger will make its debut in Detroit's Cobo Center when the show opens Jan. 13. The concept car will feature an expansive grille framed by vertical LED headlights and rear-wheel drive.

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The GT4 Stinger was conceived by Kia's American Design Center in California. It is powered by a 2.0-liter 315-hp engine, AutoWeek reported. The front of the concept car has been designed with front-brake cooling vents to move more air around the vehicle's 20-inch wheels. It includes a carbon fiber front splitter located below the bumper.

"The top view of the concept suggests a shooting-break profile, with a relatively long roof leading to a hatch in the back," AutoWeek reported. "The hood is designed to appear wider than the rest of the concept car, which will feature much more pronounced wheel arches in the rear than in the front. The tail of the GT4 concept has a more rakish, tapered look."

Kia said, according to the Christian Science Monitor, that the GT4 Stinger "is intended to turn heads while delivering superb driving enjoyment on both road and track." The Christian Science Monitor wrote that it is not clear if Kia is planning a production version of the vehicle or if it simply for auto show purposes.

The car show, which runs Jan. 13-26, is officially known as the North American International Auto Show and has been around for more than a century. Last year's event focused on the resiliency of the American automotive industry.

"Nowhere was that more clearly seen than on the show floor where manufacturers unveiled over 60 of their most spectacular new vehicles, showcasing them before a global audience of some of the world's most influential media and the all-important car-buying public," the car show's website reads. "The show was a true reflection of a strong, vibrant and more confident industry."

The show announced on Facebook that NBC Sports will cover the auto show with a special program scheduled to air Jan. 25.

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