Want a rear-drive, twin-turbo Kia Stinger GT that stands out even more on the road? Try the special GT Sport Neon Orange pack Stinger that’s just arrived in New Zealand.

But you’ll have to be quick, because there are just 10 available and when they are sold there will be no more, according to Kia Motors New Zealand.

“We have been very fortunate to obtain a small number of this limited edition run and the factory has told us they won’t be repeated, which will make these Neon Orange GT Sport Stingers particularly unique,” says Todd McDonald, Managing Director of Kia Motors New Zealand. “They look stunning and word has already got out even before they went into dealer showrooms and we have sold most of the cars. I don’t think the others will hang around long.”

The Neon Orange Stinger GT Sport retains its high-performance power plant, namely the twin-turbocharged, 3.3-litre V6 engine that delivers 272kW of peak power at 6,000 rpm and 510Nm torque, which is accessible from 1,300 to 4,500rpm. Driving through the rear wheels, via an in-house electronic 8-speed automatic transmission, the Kia Stinger GT Sport can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 4.8 seconds – an elapsed time that means the Stinger “shoulder barges” it’s way into a rarefied club of performance cars. Gears can be changed with the steering wheel-mounted paddles or left to the smart transmission to decide via the shift-by-wire gear lever.

It doesn’t only perform in a straight line, as Albert Biermann, former Vice President of Engineering at BMW M Automobiles, now head of vehicle test and high-performance development at Kia Motors was entrusted with honing the handling dynamics of the Kia Stinger. Fellow German automotive expert, Peter Schreyer, himself a Director of Kia Motors, also oversaw the Fastback GT Styling of Stinger, which incorporates a fifth liftback door in the rear for improved versatility.

You can read our review of the Stinger here.

And if you miss out on the Neon Orange limited edition and still want a Stinger that’s a bit different, fear not, because apparently Kia Motors is working on some more special versions for the future.

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How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on www.usa2nz.co.nz. We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm also an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.

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