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Kia Stinger to get 200hp/440Nm diesel in Europe
Top-selling European model of Kia Stinger GT family is expected to be 2.2-litre diesel variant
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What's all this about?

Kia has only just shown us the Stinger GT at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), but already the Korean manufacturer is expanding the range. It has confirmed we'll get a diesel model here in Europe, one that is expected to take the vast majority of sales.

Which engine powers it and how does it fit in with the two petrol Stingers?

The latest version of the Stinger GT that has been announced features a 2.2-litre CRDi four-cylinder turbodiesel lump that's capable of 200hp at 3,800rpm and 440Nm from 1,750- to 2,750rpm. Such numbers are enough to propel the Kia from 0-62mph in 8.5 seconds and on to a 140mph maximum, although that leaves it some distance off the 3.3-litre V6 turbo's similar data of 5.1 seconds and 167mph. Kia hasn't as yet told us the eco-stats, so we can't tell you how frugal/low emissions the 2.2-litre Stinger will be, although we do know that it will feature slightly less impressive chassis hardware than the two petrol models.

In what way?

For a start, the diesel Stinger will roll on 17-inch wheels as standard, whereas the 2.0-litre petrol gets 18s and the range-topping V6 sports a set of 19-inch alloys. But it's in the braking department where there's a subtle and not-so-welcome change: that top Stinger gets ventilated Brembo discs all round, which are 350mm front/340mm rear diameter. The 2.0-litre petrol keeps the stoppers ventilated all round but they're not made by Brembo and they're also a touch smaller at 345mm/330mm. But the turbodiesel Stinger is downgraded even further, as its front discs are 320mm and ventilated, but the rear brakes are 315mm and solid. Hmm.

Oh. Does it lose out in any other way?

Not that we can tell. Like the 2.0 and 3.3 petrol Stingers, the latest big Kia has an eight-speed automatic gearbox and rear-wheel drive as standard, with the option to send drive to the front axle as well if desired. It looks just as good on the outside and has the same impressive cabin architecture within, though.

Matt Robinson - 18 Jan 2017

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