SEMA Seen: 2019 DUB Kia Stinger

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The 2019 DUB Kia Stinger turned heads on the first day of SEMA 2018. | Carter Nacke photo
The 2019 DUB Kia Stinger turned heads on the first day of SEMA 2018. | Carter Nacke photo

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The annual SEMA show began Tuesday at the Las Vegas Convention Center and it seemed only fitting I talk about one of the first cars unveiled at the first press conference: The 2019 DUB Kia Stinger.

SEMA attendees expect to see some outrageous cars, but the DUB Edition turned heads every time I walked by, which was quite often. Placed on the corner of Kia’s North Hall display, the DUB Stinger –- a modified GT — drew people in with its custom metal wide body and carbon fiber accents.

The brushed steel wrap on the car was quite eye catching. | Carter Nacke photo
The brushed steel wrap on the car was quite eye catching. | Carter Nacke photo

The Avery Brushed Steel wrap placed on the car gave it a satin sheen that did well to hold the overhead lighting. Paired with a carbon fiber hood, the Stinger looked downright slick.

The custom Stinger sat on 22-inch Staggered Dropstars Forged Wheels wrapped in Nitto tires and an air suspension kit gave the car a ground-hugging appearance.

Inside, DUB added a black-and-red leather and suede upholstery with color-matched paint accents. A custom sound system and LED lights completed the radically different interior
Under the hood, the stock turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 was given a custom exhaust and air intake, along with a dress-up kit.

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If you're going to customized an interior, you might as well go all the way. | Carter Nacke photo
If you’re going to customized an interior, you might as well go all the way. | Carter Nacke photo

Kia made a bit of a splash at last year’s SEMA show with the Stinger and the DUB Edition of the 2019 model showed that the marque isn’t done.

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Carter Nacke is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He began his career at KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix, the largest news radio station in Arizona, where he specialized in breaking news and politics. A burgeoning interest in classic cars took him to the Journal in 2018. He's still on the hunt for his dad's old 1969 Camaro.

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