Kia has unveiled its new GT4 Stinger concept car at the Detroit motor show.

Designed by Kia’s California-based studio, the GT4 Stinger is said to hark back to “days when driving a car was a visceral experience that wasn’t muted by electronic gimmickry.”

The GT4 Stinger is powered by a tuned version of Kia’s 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection four-cylinder petrol engine, no producing a compelling 315hp.

It drives the 20-inch rear wheels through a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission, while braking duties are handled by Brembo Gran Turismo 15-inch discs with four-piston calipers.

The concept, finished in ‘Ignition Yellow’, is the length of a Kia Cee’d hatchback at 4,310mm, but with a shorter wheelbase (2,619mm).  It’s light, too, at just 1,304kg, with a 52:48 front/rear weight distribution.

There’s no carpet in the cabin, with just a pair of rubber floor mats.  In front of the driver is a thick-rimmed flat-bottomed steering wheel and red LED-illuminated instruments with a large rev counter and gear indicator.

Gone are niceties such as door handles, replaced by red-stitched pull straps, while a stereo is equally absent.  The exhaust is said to provide all the music required.

Kia says there are currently no plans to put the GT4 Stinger into production.