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2020 Kia Stinger GTS: First Look

  • New available all-wheel-drive system includes Drift mode.

  • Only 800 units being built.

  • Unique orange exterior color.

The just announced 2020 Kia Stinger GTS is a stab at improving near perfection. In its AWD GT form, the Stinger is arguably one of the best sport sedans on the road. And that’s before factoring in its surprisingly reasonable price. Kia always has a value story to tell, and the Stinger’s bang-to-buck ratio screams bargain. It’s not just about performance, however. It’s a comfortable sedan fully capable of transporting four adults and their luggage on an overland adventure. In other words, the Stinger does it all. And now, a limited-edition Stinger GTS (introduced at the New York Auto Show) delivers even more performance.

All Fours

Kia dubs the all-wheel-drive system found in the 2020 Kia GTS, D-AWD. It’s a push forward to close the gap between the performance of the Stinger AWD GT and its rear-wheel-drive GT stablemate. It includes a limited-slip differential engineered to enhance traction and evenly distribute torque between the rear wheels when slip is detected. The emphasis on RWD dynamics is furthered by the Drive Mode Select. Choosing Comfort sends 60% of power to the rear wheels. Switching to Sport mode ups the power sent rearward to 80% for more spirited driving. But wait, there’s more. Drift mode sends 100% of power to the rear wheels while holding gears without upshifting.

Hold the Line

The Stinger GTS retains the Stinger GT powertrain, including its 365-horsepower 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 that also makes 376 lb-ft of torque. All of this chaos is channeled to the wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Dressing It Up

Several appearance features will separate the Stinger GTS from its Stinger and Stinger GT siblings. First is its unique "Federation" orange exterior paint. Accenting the exterior color will be genuine carbon fiber bits outlining the tiger nose grille, outboard-mirror caps and side vents. As for exterior badging, the rear Kia logo will be replaced with a Stinger emblem along with a GTS badge.

Upgrades inside include suede-like Alcantara covering the steering wheel and a center console with a similar material being used in the headliner.

A sunroof, a 720-watt Harman Kardon audio system and wireless smartphone charger round out the Stinger GTS interior enhancements.

When and How Much?

Production of the limited-edition 2020 Kia Stinger GTS begins spring of 2020. Kia expects the Stinger GTS RWD to debut around $44,000 and the GTS D-AWD at $46,500. Find a Kia Stinger for sale

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Russ Heaps
Russ Heaps is an author specializing in automotive, financial and travel news. For nearly 35 years he has covered the automotive industry for newspapers, magazines and internet websites. His resume includes The Palm Beach Post, Miami Herald, The Washington Times and numerous other daily newspapers through syndication. He edited Auto World magazine, and helped create and edit NOPI Street Performance Compact magazines. He supplied financial content and automotive-industry analysis to Bankrate.com and Interest.com.

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