Having driven the car, I have to agree that it is an impressive vehicle. However, why create such a nice car, spend so much money and effort on marketing, and then release the car in the U.S.with conflicting information on its equipment and less equipment than was on the pre-production demo cars and is available seemingly everywhere else in the world. And then there is the issue of lack of choices in color combinations on the Stinger while Audi, BMW, etc. offer many options for exterior and interior color combinations. And when spending this much money on a car, I believe its disrespectful to not provide customers with some choices in this area.
KIA has turned what should be a clear home run into a marketing mess that is turning off many of the people they are trying to attract and causing many of these people to buy another car or postpone buying a Stinger until a later model year.
Yes, the Stinger GT series is a fine value, but I disagree that the GT price blows away all of its competition. A loaded Audi A5 Sportback (granted, it has a 4-cylinder engine but it's an exceptionally capable car) is available for around $53,000 and many Audi dealers are willing to discount this price. However, the 4 cylinder Stinger does offer a remarkable overall value in its market segment, in my opinion.
Since KIA already has the missing equipment and leather with the other interior colors in house, I think they should quickly recognize their marketing misstep, demonstrate they care about the opinions of the customers who they are asking to spend around $50,000 on their cars, and quickly address our concerns during the CURRENT model run.