Kia Stinger GT Duo (Including A Wide Body) Wows The Crowds At The 2017 SEMA
Orange or Blue Kia Stinger GT for You?
Published November 7, 2017
Two new cars appeared at SEMA. Both coming from different parts of the “customization” world, but both equally representing the beauty of the latest Kia car.
The orange one, presented on the eve of Halloween, features quite a docile exterior. It is garnished with custom aftermarket pieces by Air Design USA. And it’s orange.
While the car does look quite civilized, it utilizes fantastically subtle body kit consisting of aggressive hood vents, a rear spoiler, and a rear diffuser. And the wheels. Oh, the wheels. They are of TSW design with Falken tires. 20-inch units painted deep black complement the cool black accents on the rest of the car. It gives the Stinger GT a proper “aftermarket” feel.
Interestingly enough, this Stinger GT has a new name as well. You are looking at the Stinger GT Federation. From the United Federation of Planets? Not really. Get real, it is not warp-fast yet. But it is powerful with the 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6. Adding a K&N cold-air intake, new Borla exhaust and, possibly, some simple ECU trickery, the power has risen by 15hp to 380hp.
Suspension gained Eibach springs and beefier anti-roll bars as well. Nice, simple (and probably cheap) upgrade.
Kia Stinger GT Wide Body Is A Racing Car Throwback
The other Stinger GT Kia proudly presented at the 2017 SEMA is a different breed. Touched up by West Coast Customs (you know who they are, admit it), the Kia Stinger GT Wide Body takes us into the world of widebody Kia cars. Kia was so proud of the West Coast Customs work they teased this blue Stinger GT a few weeks ago. Now, in its full glory, the car promotes a well-executed widebody kit apparently inspired by racing GT cars of the 1970s.
Flared fenders front and back hug 21-inch Keen forged wheels with high-performance tires. Maybe more important than massive wheels is the subtle carbon-fiber kit. With front lip, rear diffuser and side skirts all made from the material, the Stinger GT Wide Body clearly focuses on racing and sports. Quad-port exhaust tips only seal the deal.
“Taking inspiration from the racing GT cars of the 1970s, this modern interpretation seamlessly blends tire accommodating wide fenders with the Stinger’s already narrow waist,” Kia stated in their PR material.
Final touches are hidden under the body. Front and rear suspension have been improved. It is not only stiffer, but new hardware lowered the car by 1.4 inches up front and 1.2 inches in the back.
The compelling exterior design gave West Coast Customs an opportunity to play out on a sporty card on the interior. The car got blue leather seat piping, a gray leather hand-stitched dash panel, an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel.
The third car was the West Coast Customs Kia Cadenza
While the Stinger GT duo definitely was the most important exposition for Kia at the 2017 SEMA, they also greeted visitors with fine, nicely tuned Kia Cadenza. This one was also done up by West Coast Customs and it has lowered suspension, stiffened springs, and custom 20-inch wheels, metallic black finish, hand-stitched suede dashboard, brown leather seats, and a Harmon-Kardon 630-watt sound system.