Double Take
GQ South Africa|February 2019
Double Take

Developed on the Nürburgring, designed and engineered by Germans, the Stinger is no ordinary Kia. Motoring ed Dieter Losskarn experienced its power first hand

Dieter Losskarn

• HONESTLY, WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU GAVE A KIA A SECOND GLANCE? In the past, if someone used the word ‘sexy’ in the same sentence as Kia, I would’ve regarded them as clinically insane. But the Stinger changed everything – it is the brand icon Kia wanted and needed. Thanks to some German aid, it has gone from producing cheap, nondescript compact cars to stunning head turners in just a couple of years.

When the Koreans made the decision to radically change the brand in 2006, they poached Peter Schreyer – the guy who turned both the Audi TT Sport Coupé and VW Beetle into design icons. This was exactly what he planned to do with the Stinger. And it turned out to be his design masterpiece, with enchanting lines and fantastic proportions. A worthy and mature challenger to German upperclass automobiles. Schreyer is now one of the three company presidents of the Hyundai Motor Group and has been head of Kia design for the past 12 years.

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February 2019