10 August 2018 · Kia Vehicle Reviews

6 fun facts you didn't know about the all-new Kia Stinger | Phil Gilbert Kia

If you’re in the market for a RWD or AWD V6 twin turbo sports sedan that can match any comparable European model point-for-point, then come on into Phil Gilbert Kia and get your hands around the steering wheel of an all-new Stinger. You might not ever want to let go!

1. The Kia Stinger is available with a 720-watt audio system from Harman/Kardon. The system features QuantumLogic technology which creates a 7.1-channel surround sound listening experience from any mono, stereo, or multi-channel signal source. It also includes Clari-Fi technology that brings compressed music, like MP3, back to life by analysing and correcting digital audio files. The Stinger’s audio system features 15 Speakers, including two subwoofers under the driver and front seat passenger’s seats.

2. There’s a Centrifugal Pendulum Absorber that’s a component in the driveline in 2.0L versions that reduce torsional vibration through the drivetrain to enhance smoothness upon initial acceleration. The CPA compensates undesired torsional vibrations that occur between the vehicle's engine and transmission as the Stinger begins to accelerate.

3. The Stinger is the first application of a continuously damping electronically controlled suspension, called Dynamic Stability Damping Control (DSDC), in Kia cars.  Through the input of five separate G sensors installed around the Stinger, the DSDC responds, for example, proving greater agility through corners as the system softens the front dampers and firms up the rear.  Conversely, improved high-speed stability is achieved when the system stiffens the front dampers and softens the rear.

Phil Gilbert Kia Stinger Review

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4. Kia’s engineers drove each, every development version of the Stinger large sports sedan through a minimum of 10,000 kilometres of high-performance evaluation around the Nurburgring’s challenging Nordschleife. To further tailor the Stinger for Australia, the Kia Australia ride and handling team refined the suspension and tuning over thousands of kilometres of urban, country, and outback roads, to ensure Australian Stingers feature a local tuning package which best suit the country’s roads.

5. Developed in-house, the rear-wheel drive eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on all trim levels of the Kia Stinger. On select models, the electronically-controlled transmission can be operated via one of three options. There are paddle shifters for manual gear change, a fly-by-wire joy stick shifter in the centre console, and up to five different shift patterns that can be selected through the vehicle’s electronic drive-mode system.

6. Standard Rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS) offers razor-sharp feedback through direct mounting of the electric motor on the steering rack, enhancing steering response and reducing unwanted vibrations. Variable ratio steering is standard on the GT trim and provides different ratios depending on steering angle to enhance the driving experience.

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