The Kia GT4 Stinger concept has been teased for the second time in two weeks ahead of its Detroit auto show unveiling later this month, with a 235kW turbocharged engine and rear-wheel drive now confirmed for the sports car.

First teased last month from a bird’s-eye view (pictured below), the latest front-on image of the Kia GT4 Stinger concept shows the latest iteration of the South Korean brand’s signature ‘tiger nose’ grille, highlighted by a glowing white surround and flanked by fourteen vertically stacked LED lights.

With a low-slung Audi R8-inspired look, Kia says the 2+2 sports car concept features a carbonfibre front splitter, front-brake cooling vents and custom 20-inch wheels.

Power will be exclusively sent to the rear wheels via a 235kW turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine in what will be Kia’s second rear-wheel-drive concept following the 2011 Frankfurt motor show unveiling of the 290kW/534Nm 3.3-litre turbocharged V6-powered four-door GT concept.

Kia GT4 Stinger - Teaser 1

The GT4 Stinger’s 2.0-litre unit is also tipped to feature under the bonnet of sister brand Hyundai’s next-generation Genesis Coupe set to reach local shores in 2015.

Kia’s first-ever hot-hatch, the 150kW/265Nm turbocharged 1.6-litre Kia Proceed GT, is due to arrive in Australian showrooms in March. Sharing its four-cylinder powerplant with the Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo, the Proceed GT is expected to rival the likes of the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST with a circa-$35K starting price.

Full details of the Kia GT4 Stinger will be revealed when the concept debuts at the Detroit auto show on January 13.

  • Phil

    Kia’s first petrol turbo model is already on sale, being the Koup turbo.


    maybe kia are thinking about what nissan should do with the 370z?

  • Buckles

    That front end screams Audi R8. I know, I know… Schreyer

  • Dave W

    235kW from a turbo 2.0L engine?

    • m80

      235Kw Isn’t even pushing a 2.0 turbo.
      I have done 180,000+km on a 320kw sr20det (unopened). Most engines are heavily detuned from the factory. Probably to protect driveline components.

    • Dudeface

      AMG are pushing 265kW in the A45, so 235 isn’t that shocking

      • Dave W

        I forgot about the A45. And I suppose I really shouldn’t be too surprised considering they can get 150kW out of a 1.6L engine.

    • TG

      It’s 2014 mate, not 1964.

  • ixlplix

    Still with the GTI and St comparo. Me thinks they are getting peoples hopes up without merit. But I like the idea of this prototype