Kia shows a sting in

the tail

Kia Stinger at Newquay Airport, front
Kia Stinger at Newquay Airport, action
Kia Stinger at Newquay Airport, rear
Kia Stinger at Newquay Airport, solo
Kia Stinger at Newquay Airport, static
Kia Stinger at Newquay Airport, side

IN a display of astonishing high speed to celebrate the official UK launch of the new Kia Stinger, three GT S models took to Cornwall Airport Newquay's runway achieving speeds of over 150mph.

Demonstrating the power and mile-munching ability of the new Stinger, three professional drivers took to the former RAF St Mawgan air strip in a staggered V pattern, giving onlookers a jaw-dropping view of the vehicles' capability in a place not normally associated with cars.

Starting at the east end of Newquay Airport's 1.7-mile runway, the vehicles deployed full throttle until reaching the last quarter-length of the tarmac when their 350mm ventilated Brembo discs brakes brought all three cars safely to a stop.

Powering the GT S models is a twin-turbo 365bhp 3.3-litre V6 T-GDi engine, capable of taking the car from standstill to 60mph in only 4.7 seconds, and to a top speed of 168mph.

With full approval granted in conjunction with the Cornwall Airport Newquay Safety Management System and in coordination with air traffic control, the three Kia Stinger GT S models took to the same strip on which a recent land speed record practice had taken place.

This week Kia is staging the launch of the entire Stinger range in Cornwall. The five model line up is priced from £31,995 with the range topping GT S costing £40,495.

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