When we named the Kia GT4 Stinger Concept as our top debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, our comments section had, let's call it, a tantrum. People were not pleased. Debuting alongside hugely significant production cars like the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Ford Mustang, Ford F-150, Lexus RC F, BMW M3/M4 and Chrysler 200 (not to mention great concepts like the Toyota FT-1, Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge and Volvo Concept XC Coupe), what business did a tiny, turbocharged, rear-drive Kia concept car have winning the prize as the best of Detroit?

Well, as it turns out, it has every right to be there. Our own Michael Harley sat down with the head of US design for Kia, Tom Kearn, to discuss the GT4 Stinger and find out just what the brand was thinking when it decided to create such an enthusiast-oriented concept. The interview gives a great insight into the car and its design, while Harley goes into some detail at the end of the video about why the GT4 was the Autoblog Editors' Choice of the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

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KIA GT4 Stinger Concept: 2014 NAIAS


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      Wetstuff
      • 11 Months Ago
      I thought early Ferrari grills with egg crates were my favorites .. 'till the Aston came along. Now that everybody has knocked AM off .. this may be one of the best to replace it. I hate to give any credit to blue hair Jaguar, but they have also come a long way in the nose department. Jim
      Bill Geary
      • 1 Month Ago

      Interesting headlights which makes the car odd looking in front.

      Maybe some cosmetic tweaking there but not a bad looking sports car.

      ...
      • 11 Months Ago
      The only thing this proves is that Autoblog is sponsored by the Koreans.
      Herman
      • 11 Months Ago
      Will reality in the stinKER be as bad as the driving dynamics in the Velosturd?
        rdaex1
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Herman
        You realize literally the QUICKEST way for people to know youre a moron is to use make up satirical names like this right?
          EZen
          • 11 Months Ago
          @rdaex1
          Thank You. He sounded like a real Rethuglican, right? Probably a dumbocrat who supports the UNaffordable Care Act, amirite? Can't stand these people.
      johndoe_12345678
      • 11 Months Ago
      As is every other KIA, looks poorly made. I mean look at the body line above the front tire it just randomly runs into the door.
        Glen Peterson
        • 11 Months Ago
        @johndoe_12345678
        You need to do research! Kia, and Hyundai (same parent company) have better "Fit & Finish" rating than ANY of the Big 3 in Detroit, and they have had those ratings since 2008. They both make better cars that last longer and have better warranties (100K) AND they are less expensive. Anyone who buys a Ford, GM or Chrysler car over Kia or Hyundai is spending more and getting less.
        Fenix Baby
        • 11 Months Ago
        @johndoe_12345678
        I think that is the hood line on the concept, not a body line.
        Lachmund
        • 11 Months Ago
        @johndoe_12345678
        the R8 would like to have a talk with you http://www.blogcdn.com/de.autoblog.com/media/2008/12/r8080024-1280.jpg
      miketim1
      • 11 Months Ago
      Nope Still shouldn't have been number one. AB your telling me this kia is more important then the Toyota FT1 ? Give me a break.
        miketim1
        • 11 Months Ago
        @miketim1
        The whole internet car kingdom is talking about the Toyota its all over the net even Facebook. No where. I MEAN NO WHERE is this KIA mentioned but here on AB. Stop trying to convince us that was a fail of a move putting it number one if at best it should have got a honorable mention at most.
          RevenantDC5
          • 11 Months Ago
          @miketim1
          Do you honestly pretend to know in entirety what is and isn't on the internet? Just because it's not in your little world doesn't mean it's NO WHERE AND YOU MEAN NOWHERE. http://www.mustang6g.com/forums/showthread.php/kia-gt4-stinger-1310.html
          Lachmund
          • 11 Months Ago
          @miketim1
          You don't even know how to spell nowhere..I doubt you know the whole internet.
      Kent Kangley
      • 11 Months Ago
      I never understood the rage against the Stinger. It looks like a fun, lightweight RWD coupe, just like all the enthusiasts keep saying they want. I would love to try one out in real life.
        1STH
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Kent Kangley
        the rage is from the sad Corolla and Cadillac drivers that fill up this blog's comment box. They don't really understand what they are even discussing, yet have so much rage for driving terrible cars that they attempt to berate a solid little coupe concept which seems like it will be a whole lot of fun.
          1STH
          • 11 Months Ago
          @1STH
          aaron: the king of automotive ignorance!
      Nick Allain
      • 11 Months Ago
      This thing looks amazing. If they could keep it under $31k base, I would be interested.
      theharpyeagle
      • 11 Months Ago
      That still does not make it more significant a debut as half a dozen others. And it is only a concept. Therefore, Autoblog's voting directions still resonate as a very puzzling. In terms of impact, the F150 is the debuting model of the show hands down. It's production ready, and given the sales volume that this model will generate, and the full saving that it is likely to bring, it dwarfs the Stinger.
        knightrider_6
        • 11 Months Ago
        @theharpyeagle
        Ford making a new F150 is just as exciting as Walmart opening a new store.
        Jmaister
        • 11 Months Ago
        @theharpyeagle
        blah blah. Ford will always make F150 or the like, not news. Stinger is news.
      Louis MacKenzie
      • 11 Months Ago
      Still no faith in Kia/Hyundai after their Genesis Coupe refresh efforts. They are not spending money and effort they way Mazda does. They may be able to speak the same words Mazda spoke in 1989, but walking the walk is something only cars like Boxter/Cayman has caught up to.
        bK
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Louis MacKenzie
        Well said,
        askroon
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Louis MacKenzie
        You're talking about the 2013 mid-cycle refresh - there is a totally new GenCoupe in the works for 2016 model year.
      superzeb28
      • 11 Months Ago
      that is one ugly car. And may I add it's a KIA
      Teleny411
      • 11 Months Ago
      I like this a lot. Great lines.
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