The models range from a drift-ready Forte to a police-friendly Stinger.
UPDATE: Live photos from SEMA added to the gallery, below.
Kia is going car crazy at SEMA by showing off a bevy of custom vehicles based on its K900, Stinger, and Forte sedans. We’re particularly smitten by DUB’s take on the Korean brand’s flagship sedan.
Wearing a coat of electric blue paint and sporting gloss black accents, the big sedan further benefits from a wide-body kit and massive 24-inch TIS forged wheels. An air suspension system provides the K900 with a proper stance at rest. Inside, the DUB K900 sports two-tone blue and black leather and suede interior trim, LED headliner lights, and a custom multimedia system. The total package somehow manages to expertly blend taste and tack in a way that perfectly summarizes the SEMA show.
DUB also put its touch on the sportier Kia Stinger. The silver sedan includes carbon-fiber exterior bits, a wide-body kit, and chunky 22-inch Dropstars wheels wrapped in sticky, staggered Nitto tires. Red leather and black suede don the interior, while an air suspension system, engine dress-up kit, and aftermarket air intake and exhaust provide the DUB Stinger with SEMA-appropriate looks and sounds.
Less exciting, but equally fascinating, is the Queensland Police Stinger. One of 100 Stingers ordered by the Australian police department, the Queensland Police Stinger sports police car looks and a special wiring loom for supporting police electronics, such as radios and emergency lights. Mechanically, though, the Queensland Police Stinger shares its brakes, suspension, and 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine with your everyday Stinger GT.
Kia didn’t ignore its new-for-2019 Forte, either. The Korean brand trotted out two special variants of the sedan: the Kia Forte Federation and the Kia Forte Drift Car. The former car is a tuner’s special. Replete with lime green paint, the Forte Federation wears an aggressive Air Design body kit that includes modifications to the front fascia, side skirts, and rear end. Added performance comes courtesy of a K&N cold-air intake, an axle-back Borla exhaust, Eibach springs, and a set of 19-inch TSW wheels wrapped in Falken rubber.
While the Forte Federation serves as a canvas of what can easily be done to the Kia compact car by everyday individuals, the Forte drift car is a testament to engineering expertise. Using a run-of-the-mill Forte EX as a base, the team at Red Bull and Race Service rejiggered the four-cylinder front-wheel-drive compact sedan to fit the Stinger GT’s twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine and send all 375 of its horses to its rear wheels courtesy of a six-speed sequential transmission. Why Kia didn’t simply make a drift car out of the rear-drive V6-powered Stinger GT is beyond us. That said, the wide-body Forte drift car looks mean, and we hope to see the car compete at future drift events.
Queensland Police Stinger
When Australia’s Queensland Police needed a new fleet of pursuit vehicles, they went all-in on the 365-horsepower Kia Stinger GT. Citing the fastback’s performance during rigorous testing, Queensland police will put 100 Stinger GTs into service over the next 12 months. Testifying to the Stinger’s build quality, the only modification Queensland Police made to the Australian-spec Stinger is a plug-and-play wiring loom to accommodate the police electronics. Otherwise everything is standard—engine, brakes, suspension, etc. Special equipment, such as radios, emergency lights, and other equipment was added by Queensland Police. Assistant Queensland Police Service Commissioner (Road Policing Command) Mike Keating said the selection process was extensive. “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. The result is a road-policing first for us, the first foreign car to perform these duties.”
2019 DUB Kia Stinger GT
DUB took the aggressive fastback sedan and made a series of menacing modifications that take Stinger GT to unexpected places inside, outside and under the hood. Wrapped in Avery Brushed Steel with carbon fiber accents, the wide body Stinger rolls on 22-inch staggered Dropstars forged wheels riding on 245/30-22 Nitto Tires (front) and 265/30-22 Nitto Tires (rear). A stunning red leather and black suede upholstery upgrade the Stinger’s already outstanding driver-focused cockpit, and custom exhaust and air intake give the rapid Stinger GT even more muscle. Meanwhile, a custom audio system, LED lighting, underhood dress-up kit, air ride suspension and DUBiR tinted windows further prove that no detail was missed per DUB’s exacting clientele.
2019 DUB Kia K900
Fans of DUB’s distinctive style will love the transformation this luxury salon has undergone. Kia’s 2019 K900 provided the perfect canvas for DUB to unleash its creativity on this uninhibited custom ride. Veiled in electric blue, the wide body K900 features gloss black accents and, not to be outdone, the cockpit has been elegantly detailed with custom blue and black leather and suede upholstery, DUBiR tinted windows, and remote-controlled LED headliner and lighting. Riding on an air suspension to provide that perfect DUB look, this custom K900 rolls on 24-inch staggered TIS forged wheels and 275/25/24 Nitto tires. A specially developed multimedia audio system, remote-controlled LED lighting, and MiFi internet capability make the DUB K900 a rolling paradise.
2019 Kia Forte Federation
Kia’s hot Forte Federation furthers Kia’s commitment to the aftermarket industry with a veritable cornucopia of performance and design enhancing accessories. The unique vehicle is outfitted with parts from leading aftermarket suppliers, including aggressive aerodynamic components by Air Design such as a rear deck spoiler, rear diffuser, side skirts, front lip spoiler and front air curtains which all provide a stunning contrast for the Livid Lime paint scheme. A cold air intake by K&N coupled with an axle-back performance exhaust by Borla make this Forte scream. Meanwhile, progressive-rate sport springs by Eibach, 19-inch “Mosport” wheels by TSW and ultra-high-performance tires by Falken enhance handling. Adding fuel to the aftermarket fire, these parts and accessories will be available for purchase from the respective suppliers.
Kia Forte Drift Car
Kia’s Forte Drift Car was developed in partnership with Red Bull, the star of Kia’s recent ad campaign. Built from a production Forte EX, this particular compact sedan was modified into a monster. Kia shoehorned Stinger GT’s twin-turbo V6 into the Forte, but the twin-turbo V6 now points North-South. With some tricky engineering, this Forte has became a 375-horsepower rear-wheel drive beast with a custom intake manifold, six-speed sequential transmission, quick change rear differential and a hybrid drift/grip suspension that begs to be drifted. This one-of-a-kind vehicle also features a hydraulic rear hand brake, custom wide body aerodynamics and a roll cage. Red Bull and Race Service brought this fantasy into reality.