After old mate Jez Spinks went out to assess the on-road character of the new 2018 Kia Stinger, Tony Crawford hit the track at the big performance sedan's Australian media launch.
Need a refresher on the Stinger's genesis and what it has to offer?
The Stinger started life as the GT (below), a concept revealed way back in 2011. Although the car we now know as the Stinger is far from identical to that big sleek concept, the styling connections and shared intent are obvious.
As for its name, the Stinger badge first appeared on a completely unrelated two-door concept known as the GT4 Stinger (below). That one was revealed in 2014, but there's been no official word since then of a production plan.
Importantly, Kia confirmed the Stinger's Australian target in September last year.