Kia has unveiled a new special edition version of the 2019 Stinger that’s very blue.
It seems that Kia has a hit on its hands with the Stinger. The fastback four-door sedan introduced in the 2018 model year has become all the rage with celebrity endorsements from Steven Tyler and an appearance on The Grand Tour, Kia has made a luxury sedan that everyone is talking about.
Now, to celebrate their success, Kia is producing a "limited-edition Stinger GT Atlantica celebrates the cross-Atlantic collaboration between the U.S. and the vehicle’s Germany-based development roots."
You see, the Stinger didn’t come from Seoul as one would expect from the Korean-based manufacturer. It was actually designed in Kia’s European studios in Frankfurt, Germany by former BMW M Vice President of Engineering Albert Biermann, and under the supervision of Kia’s chief designer Gregory Guillaume.
Guillaume actually admitted that part of the Stinger’s inspiration came from a Coca-Cola. He described the Stinger’s lines as having “Coke bottle” curves, which may be a big part of the Stinger’s success.
But back to the Stinger GT Atlantica. According to Car And Driver, this car will have a limited production run of 500 units which Kia says “is guaranteed to sell out quickly.” Well, all right then.
The Stinger Atlantica is naturally based on the highest trim level available on the Stinger, which is the GT2. Under the hood is the same twin-turbo 3.3-L V6 engine you know and love (producing 365 hp, in case you forgot), and inside the cabin is everything else you’d get on a standard GT2 version.
So what’s so special about the Atlantica? Well, there’s a fancy blue paint job for starters. The blue is called Deep Chroma Blue, which may be Kia-speak for Navy.
You also get some 19-inch wheels from the European version of the Stinger, as well as Nappa leather upholstery and numbered badging inside and out.
But that’s not all. There’s also a new wireless charging pad for your phone, a surround-view monitor for when you’re backing out, and rear seat heaters for those spoiled brats that can’t deal with having a cold bottom for five minutes.
Pricing hasn’t been announced, but given the regular GT2’s MSRP is $49,200, expect the Atlantica to be well into $50,000.