Kia’s richly acclaimed grand tourer, the all-new Stinger, has made its first public Malaysian debut. It’s the full-blown GT variant, packing a 3.3 litre twin-turbo V6 under the bonnet. As the title says, it’s only a preview, and the model on display is a left-hand drive unit brought in by Naza Kia Malaysia (NKM) for feasibility studies.

In the performance department, the six-cylinder Lambda II unit produces 365 hp at 6,000 rpm and 510 Nm of torque from 1,300 to 4,500 rpm, making it the most powerful series production Kia ever.

Power flows through all four corners (as denoted by its AWD badge) through an eight-speed automatic transmission, although it can be had as a rear-wheel drive in some markets. This setup enables the Korean GT to sprint from nought to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds before maxing out at 269 km/h.

A less powerful version of the Stinger comes with a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder Theta engine that’s good for 255 PS and 353 Nm, and there’s also a 2.2 litre turbodiesel option. Inside sources say it’s the full-fat 3.3 litre V6 turbo that’s most likely to arrive here.

This is the latest update following a statement made by NKM head, Nazman S.H.C Yusof, earlier this year. “If possible, we would like to bring in the Stinger to the Malaysian market, but it will have to depend on the demand and legibility,” he said.

The introduction of the Stinger here would signal the company’s intention to elevate its brand image into the premium market space, which falls in line with Kia Motor Company’s global strategy to increase its brand value.

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