Kia Motors returned to the Special Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in early November to celebrate creativity and innovation while stunning show-goers with modified versions of its first ever high performance vehicle – the Kia Stinger and the Cadenza premium sedan.
This year’s show cars were equipped with a host of parts from leading aftermarket suppliers and featured two highly customized works of art by world-renowned West Coast Customs.
Stinger Drifting Experience
Kia also used the SEMA show to showcase the impressive performance of the Stinger by giving visitors a chance to experience its thrilling drifting capabilities first-hand.
Kia transformed a surrounding parking area into a drifting course and high-performance test track, and attendees had the opportunity to ride alongside professional Formula Drift drivers as they effortlessly grazed around corners at speeds of nearly 80 km/h. They also had the chance to launch the car from 0 to 96 km/h then bring it to a full stop using its high-performance Brembo brakes before pushing through a series of challenging corners.
Stinger GT Federation
Kia put an exclamation mark on this year’s SEMA Show with the unveiling of the Stinger GT Federation, a uniquely modified Stinger outfitted with parts and accessories from leading aftermarket suppliers.
The performance-inspired exterior body accent kits by Air Design USA included a rear spoiler, rear diffuser, and redesigned hood vents providing a stunning contrast to the custom creamy-orange paint scheme in harmony with the Stinger’s sporting intentions.
A K&N cold-air intake and a low-restriction quad-tipped Borla exhaust help the Stinger breathe more freely and are designed to pump an additional 15 horsepower through the twin-turbo 3.3 liter engine.
While Eibach springs, thicker anti-roll bars, and a reduced ride height serve the purpose of providing a more spirited driving experience, the aggressive staggered wheels shod with Falken tires put a stamp on the overall visual and technical achievements of the Stinger GT Federation.
Special Kia Stinger GT Wide Body
Taking inspiration from the racing GT cars of the 1970s, West Coast Customs spiced up the Stinger GT Wide Body with the glory of pearl blue metallic paint. Bringing a whole new level of visual excitement, the modified Stinger cruises on a lowered suspension and Keen forged wheels wrapped with high-performance tires. All the while, the quad-port exhaust tips make sure that this is no typical performance machine.
Inside, the Stinger GT Wide Body is adorned with blue leather seat piping, a distinct hand-stitched gray leather dash panel, alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, and gloss black center console trim.
Special Kia Cadenza Obsidian
West Coast Customs’ second modification, the special Cadenza Obsidian, is an artful masterpiece bejeweled with copper accents inside and out. It has been dipped in custom metallic black paint and its windows are treated with ultra-dark ceramic window tint. The Cadenza Obsidian rides on a lowered suspension, stiffened sport springs, and custom gloss-black wheels with Cosmic Copper trim.
The 2017 SEMA Show was a one-of-a-kind occasion for Kia to demonstrate its ambitions for seeking the perfect combination of performance and style, while also offering visitors a unique chance to indulge in a fully immersive experience with our highly-anticipated Kia Stinger.
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