Kia debuts its first hot rod sports sedan at Detroit auto show

Kia showcased its new hot rod sports sedan at the Detroit Auto Show (photo by Alan Oldfield).

DETROIT, Mich. (WYTV) – Kia, the South Korean automaker best known for its small cars and quirky hamster commercials, is now going to make a hot rod sports sedan.

Surprised? Don’t be. It’s part of Kia’s ongoing boundary-pushing scheme to become a full-line automaker.

The new Stinger, a rear-wheel-drive sports sedan for “spirited long-distance driving,” debuted Monday at the 2017 North American International Auto Show.

The Stinger goes on sale this summer.

Buyers have a choice of two engines: a 2.1 liter four-cylinder with 255 horsepower or a twin-turbo V-6 with 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque.

The engine sits longitudinally, as a purist says it is supposed to for a performance car.

It will go 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds and has a top speed of 167 mph.

Kia says development included testing at Germany’s famous Nurburgring motorsports complex.

It has an eight speed automatic transmission and is available in all-wheel-drive.

Buyers can choose 18″ or 19″ wheels to go with their Brembo brakes.