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A new video published online reveals the subtle standard exhaust note of the 2018 Kia Stinger GT, also revealing why the local arm is working to get a sportier sound from the twin-turbo V6 flagship.

The one-minute clip shows a grey Korean-market Stinger – distinguished by the unique ‘E’ badge on the bonnet and on the wheel centre caps – being revved at what appears to be an outdoor display for the new liftback.

Based on the video, it doesn’t sound that exciting, though just a week ago Kia Australia affirmed local tuning and development for the highly-anticipated flagship model included “getting the right sound from the car”, according to general manager for corporate communications, Kevin Hepworth.

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When it arrives in Australia in September, the Kia Stinger will be available with both a 190kW/353Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo and a 272kW/510Nm 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6.

Local models will send drive to the rear wheels exclusively via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The company has already released the claimed 0-100km/h time for the V6-powered Stinger, which is 4.9 seconds – not far off high-end sports sedans like the Mercedes-AMG E43 (4.6 seconds).

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Expect three to four model variants in Australia, ranging from $40,000 to $60,000.

Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more Kia Stinger updates in the lead-up to its local launch later this year.

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