In an update straight from a development facility in Arjeplog in Swedish Lapland, Kia talks about how it's honing the Stinger for snowy and icy conditions.
Contrary to popular belief, winter testing is more than just taking the car out after the first snowfall and seeing how fast you can go before losing control. Car companies put their vehicles through extreme tests to make sure their are few surprises when temperatures begin to drop, and Kia is no exception. It's currently putting its Stinger sedan through the rigors of below-zero temperatures in the bitter cold of Sweden.
In an update straight from a development facility in Arjeplog in Swedish Lapland, Kia talks about how it's honing the Stinger for snowy and icy conditions. The company is throwing a whole lot at its upcoming GT, including testing it on such low-grip driving environments as a skid-pad, handling circuit, and slalom test, all from the surface of the frozen Uddjaure Lake.
The Stinger is the first Kia model available in both rear-biased all-wheel drive, and rear-wheel drive configurations, so while there's plenty of potential for fun to be had, the average Joe or Jane Consumer may just want to make sure he or she is staying on the pavement during the winter.
With these tests, which are being done by a team of around 100 in temperatures as low as -35 degrees Celsius, Kia wants to make sure you're covered, regardless of what type of driver you are.
"Testing the car in these extreme conditions allows us to focus on the stability and predictability that the Stinger offers drivers, in every configuration and in all driving conditions. Crucially, these tests allow us to engineer a car which retains the driving appeal that buyers look for in a sport sedan. We want enthusiastic drivers to be able to enjoy the thrill of driving their Stinger in all conditions without compromising on safety," said Albert Biermann, Kia's Head of Vehicle Test and High Performance Development.
The Stinger will be available with many of the active safety features found on many new sports cars these days, including Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System, and a limited slip differential.
The Stinger is set for release in the latter half of 2017, at which time Canadians will be able to choose from either a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, or a 3.3-litre V6. Both are still in development, but estimates put the engines at 255 horsepower and 365 horsepower, respectively.
We'll have more info, including pricing, as it's released closer to the official launch date.