The Kia Stinger Thread

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Tested: Kia's Stinger is a fast, head-turning grand tourer

"This machine has some serious muscle car vibes", I ponder while approaching the tail end of the Kia Stinger GT in our office basement. Possibly even a hint of Corvette in the way the upper extension of the rear bumper grips around those 3D taillights. But let’s not dwell on the particulars here, this is the Kia we’ve all been waiting for and it looks absolutely arresting from every angle.

Sadly, it is sold out, and at this stage no further allocation has been confirmed, although you can still pre-order one on the www.kiastinger.co.za website and hope for the best.

It’s 3cm lower than a 3 Series and just 2cm taller than a Ford Mustang. The Korean is as wide as a 5 Series, and closer to the latter in length than it is to the 3 Series. But what really matters is that in true grand tourer tradition, the Stinger has the classical ingredients of a long bonnet, short front and long rear overhangs as well as a cabin that sweeps back over the rear wheels.

Images really don’t prepare you for just how much attention it attracts out on the street. I should have known the second our security guard at the office’s exit boom gave it one of the biggest thumbs-up and smile combos that I’ve ever seen from him. Needless to say that I encountered many upward-turned thumbs during the week that followed, had numerous conversations at traffic lights and even saw a few cell phones poking out of car windows.

Not since the Mustang has a car (non-exotic at least) attracted so much attention out on the mean streets of Jozi. Unlike The Ponycar, however, you don’t get asked to rev it at every stop street, which can get a touch embarrassing when Ford sent you the 2.3-litre EcoBoost.

Whereas the Mustang makes you choose between four and eight cylinders - and I’m drawing this comparison out a bit here because I really do believe that the Stinger is a Mustang rival with two extra doors - Kia gives you just one engine option. And it’s a fine one at that.

The 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 pushes 272kW at 6000rpm and 510Nm from 1300, and in this case that’s more than enough to shunt this GT along at furious velocity. Kia quotes a 4.9 second 0-100km/h sprint and 270km/h top speed, and while acceleration is impressive to say the least, what really stands out here is the responsiveness of the turbo unit and the eight-speed automatic gearbox through which it powers the back wheels.

Though not a ripsnorting growler in the muscle car tradition, the engine sounds good by V6 standards, even mildly enticing when you’ve cranked it into Sport mode, although there is admittedly some fakery going on there.

Sport is one of five modes that you can select via the Drive Mode Select rotary control on the centre console. In addition to the acoustics, this system fiddles around with things like throttle and gearbox response, steering assistance and chassis characteristics, via the adaptive dampers. You can also preset your own mixture of settings through the Individual mode.

The car’s sheer size and 1.8-tonne bulk does limit its agility, but the Stinger is plenty grippy and handles neatly, without much drama or body roll. Turn off that traction control, however, and there is plenty of tail happy entertainment on the cards. The steering is lacking a little in the feel and feedback department, but it is tolerable.

The other area where Kia has made a serious attempt to rock the German status quo is in the cabin, and it is a largely successful attempt in our opinion, with its mix of high quality materials - soft touch surfaces and classy satin chrome featuring aplenty here. The dash design, however, is more borrowed-from-Mercedes than distinctively Kia, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Electronically it falls behind the latest and greatest however. There’s no digital instrument cluster and the 20.3cm touchscreen infotainment system is mostly in black and white, making it seem rather dated. It’s not a complete Flintstone affair, however, as the system is at least compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

You can’t call Kia out for being stingy with the features, as this package includes a 15-speaker Harman/Kardon premium sound system, Head-up Display, around-view monitoring system, power-operated tailgate (the Stinger is a five-door hatch by the way) and Nappa leather seats in black or red, powered and heated for those upfront.

VERDICT

It’s hard to recommend a car that’s sold out and at R849 995 as it’s listed on the website - assuming that applies to any new allocation that might come at a future stage - it’s not exactly a bargain, even considering what you’re getting. But if you’re looking for a GT car that excites, turns heads and laps up the miles in comfort, the Kia Stinger is an enticing proposition.

https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/road-tests/tested-kias-stinger-is-a-fast-head-turning-grand-tourer-18326276

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DRAG RACE: Kia Stinger GT vs. Subaru WRX STI Diamond Edition - Car Magazine

 

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DRAG RACE: Kia Stinger GT vs. Subaru WRX STI Diamond Edition - Car Magazine

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Would rather buy the scooby, least I know I will get my monies worth, Like buying French **** cars, worth fokkol.
Over priced and nothing back.
 

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Spotted a grey Kia Stinger GT earlier this afternoon at Meadowdale Mall - licence plate on it was STNGR GP.
 

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Kia Stinger GT (2019) Quick Review

Fast facts

Price: R849 995
Engine: 3.3-litre, V6, twin-turbopetrol
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Power/Torque: 272 kW/510 Nm
Fuel economy: 10.1 L/100 km

Pricing & Warranty

The Stinger cost R849 995 when new, including a 5-year/100 000 km maintenance plan and a 5-year/unlimited-kilometre mechanical warranty. Standard features include: bi-functional LED headlamps with dynamic bending, electrically-adjustable front seats (with memory and lumbar support for driver) and steering column, head-up display, a 15-speaker Harman/Kardon Premium audio system, touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and navigation, 3-zone aircon, heated seats (all round), surround-view monitoring system (including reverse-view), park distance control (front & rear), electrically powered tailgate and heated and auto-folding side mirrors with integrated indicator lenses.

Verdict

It’s one thing Kia exhibiting the courage to dip its toe into unknown waters, but quite another for actually doing it. Far from being thrown to the wolves, the Stinger, with its mixture of punchy playfulness and a well-mannered motorway demeanour, capably takes a swipe at the German establishment. It’s not for everyone; the Kia badge may be difficult for some to reconcile with this segment, the muscle-bound styling will divide opinion and there are some shortcomings in the trim finish department, but it’s fast, fun and exclusive enough to warrant considerable merit.

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/kia-stinger-gt-2019-quick-review-wvideo/46018/

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Special-edition Kia Stinger GTS gets drift mode

US-only model uses newly developed four-wheel drive set-up and is limited to 800 units

The US-only Kia Stinger GTS introduces a drift mode to the grand tourer, a feature likely to extend to standard Stinger GTs when the model is updated in 2020.

While Stingers sold in the UK are only sold in rear-wheel drive form, four-wheel drive is available in other markets. However, this limited-edition Stinger GTS has a newly developed dynamic all-wheel drive system that adds drift mode, a feature popular with owners of performance cars.


Kia said that despite the accolades the Stinger has received, R&D boss Albert Biermann “strived for more”. The result is a new version of the Stinger’s four-wheel drive system “peppered with rear-wheel drive DNA”. Called D-AWD, it’s intended to close the gap in behaviour between the existing AWD and RWD Stinger GTs.

The D-AWD system has a mechanical limited-slip rear differential. There are three different drive modes; Drift mode sends 100% of power to the rear wheels and holds gears without shifting up, while Sport mode sends 80% of power to the rear and Comfort mode sends 60% to the rear.

The Stinger GTS uses the same powertrain as the standard Stinger: a 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 with 365bhp and 376lb ft of torque, paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Revealed at New York motor show, the special edition, which is limited to 800 units, has bright orange paint, uses carbonfibre parts around the 'tiger nose' grille and side vents and gets a GTS rear emblem. Inside, the steering wheel and centre console are trimmed in Alcantara, while it also features a sunroof and Harman Kardon audio system.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/motor-shows-new-york-motor-show/special-edition-kia-stinger-gts-gets-drift-mode

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Kia Stinger GTS

Since its debut nearly two years ago, the Kia Stinger has quickly become a crowd favorite, and at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, Kia Motors America gave driving purists yet another compelling reason to check out Kia's highest performing sport sedan. Limited to just 800 units, the special edition Kia Stinger GTS punches up its on-road prowess with a newly developed dynamic all-wheel drive system (D-AWD) that inspires more spirited driving. With sport-inspired styling elements including genuine carbon fiber parts and a splashy new color that demands even more attention, the limited edition GTS is the one automotive enthusiasts will be lining up to drive.

Closing the Gap

During its short time on the market, the Stinger has established itself as a true competitor in the sport sedan segment with performance figures strong enough to embarrass its German rivals. Along the way, it has also redefined the Kia brand and consumer perception. But with all the praise and accolades the Stinger has received, Albert Biermann, head of research and development, strived for more. The result is a new version of the Stinger's all-wheel-drive system peppered with rear-wheel drive DNA. Dubbed D-AWD, the system has been tweaked to close the gap in behavior between the AWD-equipped and RWD-equipped Stinger GT.

https://www.netcarshow.com/kia/2020-stinger_gts/

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