Howzat! Surrey County cricketers catch bright yellow Kia Stingers
The two captains of Surrey County Cricket Club’s men’s teams will be arriving in Sunset Yellow Kia Stinger GT-Line models for the remainder of the season.
Rory Burns, captain of the County Championship and One-Day Cup sides, and Jade Dernbach, captain of the T20 team, will be standing out in the 2.0 T-GDi GT-Line version of Kia’s flagship model, and not the Audi-baiting twin-turbocharged GT-S model.
The pair figured that the lower-powered version would make more sense on the congested roads around the Kia Oval, especially as the GT-Line is still able to cut a dash in any car park, especially in Sunset Yellow, which happens to be the only no-cost colour option.
David Hilbert, marketing director at Kia Motors (UK) Limited, said: “These two guys are doing a great job leading the Surrey Men’s team this season and we are delighted they are going to be turning heads on the road and on the pitch now they are driving Stinger.”
The Stinger range starts at £32,025, with even the entry-level GT-Line boasting 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, memory driver’s seat, heated seats, an eight-inch display, front and rear parking sensors, head-up display, smart cruise control and a limited slip differential.
The GT-Line S adds LED headlights, electric tailgate, 15-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system, sunroof, wireless phone charger and 360º around view monitor. The flagship GT-S boasts Brembo brakes, Nappa leather and electronic controlled suspension.
The cricket captains will have to live without the sublime 370hp 3.3-litre V6 engine found in the GT-S, but the 2.0 T-GDi offers far more than a medium-pace delivery, with a 0-62mph time of 5.8sec, just 1.1sec slower than the V6 version.
Surrey County Cricket Club runs a fleet of Kia vehicles, with the Oval car park featuring the likes of Sportage, Optima Sportswagon and Sorento models.