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GT4 Stinger: Kia builds concept racing car to turn heads

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(Read caption) Kia Motors says the GT4 Stinger delivers 'superb driving enjoyment on both road and track.' But it's not clear whether a production model is in the works.

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Kia’s sporty concept for the 2014 Detroit Auto Show has turned out to be the new GT4 Stinger. The concept is for a striking race car built to GT4 specifications and featuring a 2+2 layout.

Apart from the grille, it's hard to place any element on the GT4 Stinger in the Kia design handbook. The concept sits just inches from the ground and its headlights are a stack of LEDs that look like they’ve been lifted off an Audi Le Mans prototypeWATCH: Hennessey Chevrolet SS Hits 163 MPH On Texas Toll Road: Video

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Front-brake cooling vents funnel air around custom 20-inch wheels while a carbon fiber front splitter adds downforce.

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Under the hood sits a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder developing a hefty 315 horsepower. Drive goes to the rear wheels only.

Kia says the car "is intended to turn heads while delivering superb driving enjoyment on both road and track," but it’s not clear if a production version is planned or this is purely a styling exercise.

Full details for the GT4 Stinger will be available when the striking concept is unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show on January 13. For our ongoing coverage of the event, click here.