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.