Johannesburg - Kia Motors South Africa has announced an R859 995 pricetag for its 272kW Stinger GT sports sedan to be launched here in August.

This, along with a comprehensive list of comfort and safety features, comes standard with Kia’s industry-leading unlimited kilometre/ five-year warranty, as well as five years’ worth of roadside assistance and a five-year/90 000km maintenance plan.

The four-door gran turismo, the first high-performance car from the Korean brand, will compete against the likes of premium German rivals like the 260kW Audi S5 (R936 000), and BMW’s 440i coupe which produces 240kW and is priced at R898 801.

The Stinger’s powered by a 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine that also musters 510 Nm of torque, making it the most powerful and fastest-accelerating Kia to date. With power fed to the rear wheels via an eight speed automatic, the Stinger sprints to 100km/h in a claimed 4.9 seconds and has a top speed of 270 km/h. This engine was recently named on the authoritative Ward’s ’10 Best Engines’ list for 2018.

“There has been notable interest and excitement in Stinger since we announced its imminent arrival two weeks ago,” comments Gary Scott, CEO of Kia Motors South Africa.

The SA-bound Kia Stinger GT Stinger will be fully loaded with technology, convenience and safety features. These include front and rear park distance control with reverse camera and around view monitoring system, a head-up display, and an infotainment and navigation system with 20cm colour screen.

A wireless smartphone charging pad is part of the deal, as is Bluetooth with voice recognition and Apple CarPlay (it is Android Auto ready once this becomes available in SA).

Providing the ear candy is a 15-speaker, 720 watt Harman/Kardon audio system with under-seat mounted subwoofers.

Cruise Control and a Blind Spot Detection system are also part of the package, while the safety’s further complemented by stability control, seven airbags and Isofix child seat anchors.

Passengers sit in in ultra-soft Nappa leather seats. The driver and front passenger’s seats are electrically adjustable, and also heated and ventilated, while the driver’s seat features adjustable bolsters, lumbar support, seat cushion extension and a memory function.

A standard-fit sunroof with power sunshade completes the generous spec sheet.

The car rides on electronically adjustable suspension which stiffens and softens to match driving conditions. The driver can select from five drive modes: Personal, Eco, Sport, Comfort and Smart, which adjust the suspension and the steeing feedback.

Due to the limited number of Stingers available to the South African market in 2018, the vehicle won't be available through the Kia dealer network. Instead, the Stinger will feature a bespoke direct sales experience facilitated by Kia Motors South Africa through the dedicated Stinger website www.kiastinger.co.za.

Customers who register on the Stinger website will receive full details regarding the sales and ordering process later this month, and will be able to order their vehicles at the same time.