According to Kearns, the two areas that are most likely to change are the radical LED light stack and the innovative see through A-pillars. “The gaps in the A-pillars aren’t symmetrical so it works well from the driver and passenger seat,” he said. “Pillars are getting bigger and bigger by requirement – it’s a big problem, so we looked for a solution.”
When questioned about a potential price for the GT4 Stinger, Kearns said: “We’re looking at the Scion [Toyota GT-86] and [Subaru BRZ], and even the Mazda MX-5 – true enthusiast, affordable cars. Pricing has to be fitting for a Kia – it’s a value brand”
The GT4 Stinger concept sits on a rear-wheel drive platform and features a 311bhp turbocharged version of Kia’s 2.0-litre T-GDi. If it makes production, it’s likely to use a platform from within the Hyundai-Kia Group, possibly from the Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
Kearns also said that he hoped the shape wouldn’t change too much: “I’d love it to be like this,” he said. “It looks sporty and muscular without looking like an angry transformer. We have a new version of our signature grille – a face with a simplicity of design”
And, according to Kearns, other versions could be on the cards: “I’d be okay with a convertible version. What do you think?”