Kia’s 4-door GT concept more likely to hit production than the 2-door Stinger coupe

Kia GT concept
Kia has been working on more than just re-designing the all-new 2016 Kia Optima. Over the past few years, they’ve produced a couple high-profile concept vehicles that showed off that the company is aiming for more performance than just what the brand has currently on offer. Nothing significant has manifested from this desire, however, but a recent report says that may change.

Speaking to Australia’s Drive, Kia America’s head of product planning Orth Hedrick stated that Kia will soon make good on its promise to deliver a car based on the GT concept. “We’ll have an announcement soon,” Hedrick said

This car was revealed in 2011 at the Frankfurt Motor Show and sported some proper Grand Tourer credentials. The GT concept was rear-wheel drive and packed a 3.3-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine capable of 390 horsepower.

Kia GT4 Stinger front angle
the Kia GT4 Stinger Concept revealed at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

More recently, Kia showed off a rear-wheel drive concept of something significantly more sport-oriented, the GT4 Stinger concept. This was revealed at last year’s Detroit Auto Show and was meant to be an image of Kia’s future contribution to the affordable sports car market. Powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, the Stinger would have 315 horsepower on tap sent to the rear via a six-speed manual.

It seemed almost too good to be true, and we were apparently right. “The GT is a sedan so it has a lot broader appeal than a two-door coupe. They don’t do well here. They do really, really good for 18 months and then they really fall off,” Said Hedrick.

He added that the marked needed to be stronger for longer in order to see a return in the investment, and thus why the Stinger might end up being relegated to the concept car could-have-been garage.

Hedrick says the GT on the other hand is being actively worked on, so we’ll be keeping an ear out for an official announcement.

Product Review

Grins come standard: Mazda's 2019 MX-5 Miata will plaster a smile on your face

We take Mazda’s updated 2019 MX-5 Miata on a road trip from San Luis Obispo to San Francisco to experience the updates. With a revised engine and more power, the already awesome Miata gets even better.
Smart Home

Schlage’s custom hardware collection expands upgrades to exterior doors

Schlag's expanded Custom Door Hardware collection now includes exterior handlesets. Schlage's upgrades let homeowners switch from doorknobs to levers and from non-locking to locking doors easily without replacing inner lock cores.
Cars

From Rolls-Royce to Lamborghini, these are the most expensive cars in the world

If you recently discovered an oil reserve in your backyard, you probably have some extra cash to spend. Look no further, because we’ve rounded up the most expensive cars in the world.
Cars

Volvo leverages the power of software to build more dynamic cars

Volvo has asked sister company Polestar to make its cars more dynamic to drive through a software update. Offered at an extra cost, the AWD optimization upgrade sends more power to the rear wheels when the driver turns on dynamic mode.
Cars

Porsche goes rallying, and it’s not with the model you’re thinking of

Porsche channeled its racing heritage to turn the 718 Cayman, not the Cayenne, into a rally car. The GT4-spec model was built as a fully functional concept, and it will participate in its first rally during August.
Cars

How to watch Formula 1 online

There are plenty of Formula 1 races every year, many of which take place in some of the most beautiful cities in the world. Check out our brief guide on how to watch Formula 1 online, if you're looking to keep up on the action.
Smart Home

Kroger supermarket chain tests driverless grocery deliveries in Arizona

Kroger and autonomous delivery innovator Nuro began a pilot program in Scottdale, Arizona, for grocery home deliveries with Prius cars to test the self-driving concept. The first tests do not use the purpose-built Nuro vehicle.
Cars

Whistleblower says a drug-peddling Mexican cartel thrives in Tesla’s Gigafactory

A former Tesla employee says the firm covered up links between some of its workers and a Mexican drug cartel, spied on its employees by wiretapping their phones, and failed to report a $37 million theft. Tesla denies the claims.
Cars

Redesigned 2019 Subaru Forester crossover starts at $25K, hits showrooms in fall

The 2019 Subaru Forester hits showrooms this fall with more tech than ever, including a system that uses facial recognition to detect driver fatigue. Pricing starts at $25,270, but goes up to $34,295 for the top Touring model.
Cars

Lack of domestic battery production could short German automakers’ EV plans

As automakers ramp up efforts to produce more electric and hybrid vehicles, this has increased the demand for battery production. However, analysts fear some companies could struggle with this demand, specifically German car companies.
Cars

Diesel isn't evil! The best diesel cars on the market do it right

When done right, a diesel engine remains an excellent option for buyers who want to save gas. Modern diesel engines are smoother, peppier, and more efficient than ever before. Here are our current favorites.
Cars

Nvidia ‘more than happy to help’ if Tesla’s self-driving chip doesn’t pan out

After Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the intention to use an in-house Autopilot chip, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang responded to an analyst's question, saying that if the Tesla chip doesn't work out, he'd be more than happy to help.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: inflatable backpacks and robotic submarines

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the Web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Cars

A bit of patchwork can have you back on the road

Flat tires often come at the worst possible time. Whether you're fixing a flat tire or replacing it, our step-by-step how-to guide will help you get your car back on the road with time to spare.