STUNG BY A KIA

John Szabo, via email

The smooth and silky lines of Kia’s all-new, rear-drive, all-turbo, four-door sporting flagship coupe, the Kia Stinger GT, have won me over. It looks to have an upmarket interior, strong performance and presence and promising dynamics, including great affordability.

Inside there also seems to be a strong bias for the driver in the cockpit, where the controls look easily accessible and switchgear and surfaces are at near-elbow height with a pair of awesome bolstered bucket seats up front.

Turbochargers help it put up 272kW at 6000rpm and a whopping 510Nm from 1300-4500rpm, matched with an eightspeed auto, which is decent from anything, let alone Kia. The VE Commodore SS made 270kW not too long ago, remember.

Love the look of it. Right from the front to its hips, and ‘Cleopatra-eye’ tail-lamps, where there is no need for a rear spoiler.

This stylish new interpretation of what a rear drive should be, lifts Kia to new heights.

Perhaps even filling a niche performance car market left by the two locals.

You don’t work for Kia’s PR department, do you, John?