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Kia Stinger GT Could Be Faster

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The Kia Stinger GT is definitely a beauty to look at, and already does provide quite the performance numbers to keep many happy. But of course, everyone always wants more. Thankfully, the Stinger GT is capable of providing more. BUT unfortunately, it just isn't planned at the moment. That doesn't go to say that it won't be appearing after, depending on what the market feedback returns with.

"The car technically has more potential no doubt, but at this point there is no plan to do more," Biermann explained. "We have to launch this car, and see how it does in the market place. What kind of customers do we get? What would be their requirement from Kia?" Powered by a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 spitting out 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque, the GT can be had in either rear- or all-wheel drive. Kia claims a 0-62 mph time of 5.1 seconds. The base engine is a respectable 2.0-liter four with 255 hp and 260 lb-ft, but it's the latter engine Kia management will be watching very closely to help determine whether that "GTS" model is desired by customers.
"At a later stage, when the GT is more established into a stronger sub-label within Kia, then maybe at some point we need a GTR or something," Biermann added. "But for now there is nothing going on."
Do you think that 365hp and 376lb-ft of torque is enough or would you want more than that?

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I think that is more than enough for the price that Kia Stringer will cost, especially comparing to other makes and models that are being compared to Stringer like Audi A4, C-Class etc.
It is also important that Stringer is suitable for the majority of their potential customers. Like for example, whoever has a family with small kid wouldn't need more than 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque for sure.
That level of power will be enough but the real question will be how well it makes use of that power because a lot of cars out there have the power but not exactly the well refined handing, suspension, drivetrain and even tires to go with it.
I'm not sure what more they would want because the 376 lb-ft of torque comes in at a very low 1,300-4,500 rpm. Any lower and it'll be in rock crawler territory. There's always the option of a tune, but stock specs should be sufficient for most.
I think its more of a case that they might not be able to justify the price of what it will take to sell say a 500HP Stinger. What's more important for them to do right now is just offer something that undercuts what an M-Wagon from BMW might be able to do and at that point they'll be good enough in terms of sales. If they already had a history of high performing cars then I would suggest otherwise
Let's face it, a lot of these Stingers will never see the track on a regular basis if at all so 365hp and 376lb-ft of torque is more than enough for the average driver. Any more power and we'll be paying more to compensate for the larger engine. those numbers are great for canyon carving and city driving.
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People see this car and based upon it's looks and power ratings want it to go against AMG, M and RS cars by doing a high performance version that will be higher in price than people would think of paying for "a KIA". This needs to get out in the market as is so folks can experience it and see that yes, it is a KIA and yes, it performs as well as and better than some cars in it's price point, and as well as the cars it was designed to compete against. Sure folks are comparing it to the Accords and Camrys on the lower end but when you point out the A5, 4 Series Gran Coupe, they are like no way! Have them do a build and they see the price that these cost with the equipment they want, then look at the Stinger and see comparatively on price, you are getting a powerful V6 and the other guys are giving you a 4 cylinder, they start talking about KIA of 20 years ago that some friend's mom had. Show them a few video of the car and what presenters are saying and they always pick up on the points about it not being a true luxury car but mis that it does hold it's own against the ones it competes with. Only thing left is to drive it and some eventually will.

So for the normal daily drive, the car has more than enough power and manages to drive and handle like the the luxury cars. Is it worth the $12-15K for the luxury badge with a lower performing engine, the answer always is no but now they have to decide if they really want to be seen or have to tell their friends they drive a KIA. Tell you what, for a first effort, this car has a lot of folks talking and is pulling in buyers from luxury brands. This people, is the KIA with the power to surprise!
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I'm sure Kia will come out with higher performance models that isn't necessarily the Stinger for those who keep asking for more, but even then people who are brand conscious won't go for it. Kia will appeal to those who want performance for a not so premium price and they're doing a great job at it.
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