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Claims MotorTrend, after test driving a 2018 Kia Stinger GT on public roads and on their own Auto Club Speedway test track. When Kia comes up in a conversation, one may not associate their lineup with the word 'performance', but the rear-drive Stinger GT is here to changes everyone's perception.

Packing a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6, it delivers a hefty 365 hp and 376 lb-ft or torque.Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the grand tourer can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds and it eats up a quarter mile in 13.3 seconds at 106.9 mph. Not only is it fast, the Stinger can also stop pretty quickly from 60 mph, requiring 113 feet. At their test track, the Stinger GT recorded lap time of 26.2 seconds, which is impressive.

But not everyone hoons it down a track every weekend and that's fine, because the Stinger GT's suspension felt soft over bumps and it's excellent body control makes canyon carving a joy to experience. Also helps when the driver is surround in a luxurious cabin.

Though do take note that the Stinger GT may feel a tad inadequate the revs drop too low and manual enthusiasts won't be offered their beloved gearbox. Other than that, the 2018 Kia Stinger GT could pose a threat to the more expensive German brands.
 

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Something of that caliber at $40,000 is going to be very hard to beat and the rivals MOtorTrend has listed costs a whole lot more than the Stinger. Closest competitor in price is the Dodge Charger with the R/T Scat Pack, but even then the Stinger's interior could win them over.
 

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I heard a north american model might come with a V8 and if true it could mean that this Stinger could get very expensive as a performance model, unless they really take a hit on each car and take the loss just to give the brand a positive image.
 
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