Kia’s Stinger GT impressed all of us at wheels so much that it went on to be chosen the wheels Car of the Year 2018. For a brand’s first foray into the world of sports saloons, Kia did a fantastic job with the Stinger GT, setting new standards in performance, dynamics and design for a car made by a non-premium badge. Now, the Korean carmaker’s American division has come out with a jazzed up version of the sports saloon, complete with all-wheel drive and a Drift mode.

Limited to just 800 units, the new variant is called the stinger GTS, and is distinguished outwardly by its exclusive “Federation” orange paint, carbon fibre trim that outline the signature tiger nose grille, side mirror caps and side vents, a GTS emblem at the back, and the Kia logo on the boot lid replaced by a Stinger nameplate. Inside, the Stinger GTS gets swathes of Alcantara all around the cabin and a faux-suede headliner.

The visual upgrades are backed up by the new optional D-AWD, or dynamic all-wheel drive system, which offers three selectable modes that lets the driver control the amount of torque transferred from the twin-turbo 3.3-litre V6 to the rear wheels. While Comfort mode sends 60 per cent of power to the rear, Sport mode sends 80 per cent of power to the back wheels, but the main differentiator here between the GTS and the standard AWD GT is the Drift mode, which sends up to 100 per cent of power to the rear wheels and holds gears without upshifting. It also gets a mechanical limited-slip differential.

Production of the limited edition Stinger GTS will start soon, with prices starting around $44,000 for RWD and around $46,500 for D-AWD version.