The Kia Stinger GT has made quite the impression since hitting the market, intimidating the competition with its aggressive looks and formidable performance. It’s now set to start intimidating criminals in Australia, where the Queensland Police Service is adding 50 Kia Stingers to its fleet.
“This is a very important day for us,” Commissioner Ian Stewart told Kia. “We needed a special product to do a job for us, and that is what we have here. A wonderful product.”
The process of bringing the Kia Stinger into the fold for the Queensland Police has been underway since late 2017, and the high-performance sedan has passed with flying colors at every turn.
“It started with the desktop evaluation, then a track performance evaluation and then the operational evaluation conducted in real-world conditions. The final overall evaluation and review included the very important aspect of maintenance and cost. The Stinger performed very well in all areas and we had nothing but top reports from all the field officers,” said Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating. “The result is a road policing first for us, the first foreign car to perform these duties.”
Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan said that the decision to opt for the Stinger was helped in part by the critical acclaim that has been heaped upon it since its debut. Already, the Kia Stinger has earned the AutoGuide.com 2018 Car of the Year Award, was named Best of the Year and Best Sport Sedan in MotorWeek’s 2018 Drivers’ Choice Awards, and was a finalist for the 2018 North American Car of the Year award.
All 50 Stingers are set to head into active duty by December. Meanwhile, other police agencies across Australia are evaluating the Stinger and other Kia vehicles for their own fleet needs.
You don’t need to be an officer of the law to get your very own 2018 Kia Stinger GT — you just have to have an appreciation for all the fun that driving can be. To experience this incredible sport car for yourself, stop into Gossett Kia for a test drive.