Kia Stinger GT Cabriolet is the BMW Z4 Rival Nobody Expects

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Photo: X-Tomi Design
Kia undoubtedly shocked people with the Stinger GT, but only if you weren't paying attention when the preview concept came out. Likewise, nobody remembers that after the Stinger 4-door preview, there was also a sports car concept called the GT4 Stinger.
That thing never made it into production, but rumors suggested Kia was looking into developing their version of the Genesis Coupe. Of course, Hyundai never got around to making one of those, although an RWD sports car may eventually fall under the N performance mantle.

As ridiculous as that sounds, Kia might want to make a convertible or a roadster, so as not to overlap with Hyundai, and if it ends up looking like this, we'll be more than happy.

The image above is a rendering of what a Stinger Cabrio might look like. And since everybody is busy making sleek electric cars, X-Tomi could only base his design on the BMW Z4. Matching the low-slung body of the Bavarian roadster to the Stinger's front end worked out quite well, wouldn't you say?

In any case, the angry headlights and puckered tiger nose grille are a good match for the kidney grille. It's almost like changing the badge would have been enough.

As to what would power a car like this, the obvious answer would be the 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 used by the Stinger GT. This makes only 10 HP less than BMW's 3-liter inline-6. Of course, we would have liked to see something crazy under there, like the 5-liter V8, which hasn't been squeezed under the hood of a small car since the SLK 55 AMG.

On the other hand, the Korean car brands are reportedly also working on a 2.5-liter turbo engine which would power their RWD premium cars and crossover with up to 280 HP. That also sounds like something cool for the Stinger drop-top to have.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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