Kia @ PACE: Kia Stinger makes an appearance, Optima GT facelift debuts at RM169,888

Kia @ <em></em> PACE: Kia Stinger makes an appearance, Optima GT facelift debuts at RM169,888

There was a buzz of activity at the Kia stand at the Premium Auto Car Expo (PACE) 2018, as local distributor Naza Kia brought two of the South Korean carmaker’s flagship vehicles to the event. The star of the show was the Stinger, but the new facelifted Optima GT also made an appearance at the event.

Kia may not be the first thing you think of when you talk about premium brands, but the Stinger shows the company has made great strides in the area. Like most of the sedans it competes with from the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz, it’s rear-wheel drive, and the chassis has been developed under the stewardship of ex-BMW M chief engineer Albert Biermann.

It also comes with a choice of two competitive engines, including a 255 PS/353 Nm 2.0 litre turbo four-cylinder engine in the GT-Line and a 370 PS/510 Nm 3.3 litre twin-turbo V6 in the range-topping GT – the latter takes just 4.9 seconds to reach 100 km/h. Impressively, all models come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, adaptive suspension and even a limited-slip differential, with the GT also getting Brembo brakes.

Standard equipment is likewise vast and includes keyless entry, push-button start, a panoramic sliding sunroof, a power tailgate, power-adjustable front seats with heating, ventilation and driver’s side memory, an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a 15-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, Qi wireless smartphone charging and a 360-degree camera system.

The facelifted Optima GT was launched last week, but PACE marks the car’s public debut. Priced at RM169,888 on-the-road without insurance, the powerful D-segment sedan gets a new look but retains the rip-roaring engine – the same 2.0 litre turbo as the Stinger, here making 245 PS and paired to a six-speed auto. This is comfortably the fastest D-segment sedan offered here, hitting 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds.

As far as equipment is concerned, the Optima GT comes with LED head- and tail lights, 18-inch alloy wheels shod in Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres, keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable front seats with driver’s side memory, paddle shifters, rear sunshades, a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen (again with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), Qi wireless charging and a 360-degree camera.

The PACE 2018 event continues today at the Setia City Convention Centre until 7:00 pm.

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Jonathan Lee

After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.



  • landan on Nov 04, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Optima GT the fastest D segment? Really? How about Passat.

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    • John Minum Teh 8X on Nov 04, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      Kia is like Proton, when you go for kenduri, you have to park it far far away from the main entrance.

      Same price, jus tbuy an Accord, Camry of Teana. You can park right infront of the front door and carry your head high

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      • John Bin Dedak on Nov 04, 2018 at 3:31 pm

        even myvi also i berani pandu depan kenduri. But gua bawak Persona, semua org tertawakan gua

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  • Malaysian on Nov 04, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    After more than 2 months into SST, Stinger post-SST price is yet to be revealed. Seem like Kia is having issues getting the approval from govt. How to sell like this?

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  • Golfer on Nov 04, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Stinger or Optima no one gives a shit. Its only a KIA. Moving on to the next booth….

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