During a recent presentation here at Hyundai Motor Group’s Namyang R&D Center in South Korea, Kia Executive VP Albert Biermann — formerly Chief Engineer for BMW’s M division — explained that the new driving philosophy of the Kia brand is a pursuit of “fun-to-drive” cars. This hasn’t always been the case. Biermann himself used the phrase “almost fun to drive” to describe the brand’s history, but pointed to the newest generation of Kia’s portfolio — specifically than the 2018 Kia Stinger GT — as proof that the automaker is quickly distancing itself from what he describes as “the old Kia.” Despite the Stinger being only a year old, Kia can’t just rest on the laurels of its early success. Biermann and the gang let me peek behind the curtain and see how they’re already working at making the Stinger even sharper and more engaging, starting with seat time in an engineering prototype equipped with the next-generation “CK D-AWD” system. RWD at the touch of a button Everyone I know thinks that the rear-wheel drive (RWD) version of the 2018 Stinger is just better. It’s lighter with a more connected, dynamic feel in corners compared to the more neutral all-wheel drive (AWD) Stinger we’re currently long-term testing. The new CK D-AWD setup aims to close the dynamic gap, bringing some fun back to the AWD Stinger by simply sending more power to the rear axle. According to Biermann and Kia’s engineers, the next Stinger AWD will essentially become a RWD car… [Read full story]
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