The 2020 Kia Stinger GTS has made its debut at the New York International Auto Show, and production of the limited edition five-door fastback is limited to just 800 units. While it certainly looks more sporty than the standard model, the upgrades aren’t just purely aesthetics.

To kick things off, the Stinger GTS is fitted with a new dynamic all-wheel drive system (D-AWD) that’s been specifically tweaked to bridge the gap in driving behaviour between the AWD and RWD Stinger GT. D-AWD includes a mechanical limited slip differential, as well as drive modes that amplify rear-biased dynamics.

Three drive modes are available – Comfort, Sport and Drift. In comfort mode, 60% of power is sent to the rear for stability, whereas sport mode raises that to 80%. In drift mode, all 100% of power is routed to the rear, and the TCU will hold gears without upshifting. The Stinger GTS also gets a new control logic that comprises slip control, counter steer direction, transmission shift pattern and revised stability control.

Besides that, the engine and transmission are unchanged. Power comes from the same 3.3 litre twin-turbo V6 engine, making 365 hp at 6,000 rpm and 510 Nm of torque between 1,300 and 4,500 rpm. When paired with an eight-speed auto, it does the zero to 100 km/h sprint in 4.9 seconds.

Aesthetically, the special edition GTS is finished in the striking “Federation” orange paint, and features genuine carbon-fibre parts that outline the signature tiger nose grille, side mirror caps and side vents. There’s also a new GTS rear emblem, as well as a Stinger emblem that’s replaces the Kia logo on the boot lid.

Inside, the steering wheel and centre console are wrapped in Alcantara, whereas the headliner is replaced with premium suede-like Chamude (a type of artificial microfibre leather). Other cabin assortments include a sunroof, 720-watt Harman Kardon premium audio system with QuantumLogic and Clari-Fi signal enhancing technology, as well as Qi wireless charging tray for compatible smartphones.

For pricing, the 2020 Kia Stinger GTS is expected to start from US$44,000 (RM182k) for the RWD and US$46,500 (RM192k) for the D-AWD model. What do you think of this?

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