2018 Kia Stinger GT

For once, Kia's "power to surprise" motto actually describes a Kia.

3y ago

Yep, that’s right, the name says it all. Kia is making a proper sports car, and it’s a game changer, especially in top-of-the-range GT spec. So, ladies and gents, may I ask that you sit up straight, and drink plenty of water, because you will pass out in shock if you don’t after reading this article.

Now, you may well say, it’s all well and good that Kia has finally got its act together and made a proper performance saloon, but just how proper is it? Can it match what’s left of its rivals - the Falcon and Commodore?

Firstly, all you need to do is take a look at the outside to realise this is something different. The aggressive stance, the sporty shape, it’s all there, not to mention the very sophisticated lights. The whole car just looks… well, extremely good. And then there’s the inside. Leather-wrapped sports seats, alloy pedals, a sports steering wheel – it’s all as it should be.

Where the Stinger does differ from the Falcodore duo is the technology. I’ve had a look at the list, and all I’m going to say is that it’s far too long to put into an article, so I’ll just include the best bits. There’s a rear cross traffic alert system to warn you when you’re about to back into someone in a car park; there’s a blind spot detection system; an active bonnet lift system to absorb some of the force when you hit a pedestrian; there’s a driver attention alert, which monitors the driver’s concentration while driving; there’s a 360-degree camera view which is displayed while parking to give all-round, bird’s-eye vision. And, my favourites: Autonomous Emergency braking system (AET) and Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS). What these two basically do is detect if a collision with a pedestrian or object is imminent, and immediately slam the brakes on, so you can just sit back and watch.

"it’s all as it should be"

No need to read any further.

And now, for the best part, the engine and mechanics. The GT version comes with a 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 engine, which produces more power than a Mercedes C63 AMG. Yep, you heard that right – a whole 272 kW of power and 510 Nm of torque. It comes with heaps of equipment as well, such as dynamic stability control, limited-slip differential, paddle shifters, launch control, and high-performance Brembo brakes.

So, the question remains, can a Kia actually make a proper performance car? It’s jam-packed with technology and brilliant engineering, and there’s lots of power, even if it’s not a V8. The only problem could be the sound of the engine, which isn’t quite as spine-tingling as its rivals. You can’t have everything you want in a car that costs as little as this one though. The GT range starts at $59,990 AUD, compared to a Commodore SSV Redline, which is about $30K more than that.

The answer is “definitely”.

2018 Kia Stinger GT

PRICE: $59,990 AUD | ENGINE: 3,342 cc twin-turbo V6 petrol | POWER: 272 kW (365 hp) | TORQUE: 510 Nm (376 lb ft) | TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic (with manual shift mode); AWD | PERFORMANCE: 0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds); 270 km/h (168 mph) | ECONOMY: 12.3 L / 100 km (22.9 mpg) | WEIGHT: 1,834 kg

PHOTO CREDIT: NetCarShow.com

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Comments (9)

  • Thank you for the article! I agree, this is a great car. The immense value for the money! And the game-changer as Kia automotive tradition is concerned. But taking a wider perspective... I was disappointed a bit.

    Primarily, this kind of a steering wheel is too "cheap" for this kind of a dashboard. It seems to me that they took the steering wheel from the Kia Rio, made it look sporty, and plugged into the Stinger. Apart from this, there are many more unnecessary plastic bits in the cabin.

    Secondly, the driver's position is not the best. You sit very low. Your jaw is at the level of the dash and bonnet. The windscreen is comparatively small with big side pillars (other cars in this class do much better). You will see the direction where you are going, but not the road, imho.

    Thirdly, the size of the car. I can not feel its dimensions (mainly because of the low driver's position). It seems to me that the car is undrivable without the assistance of parking sensors, cameras, and other electronic devices. It is the Stinger who drives you not you who drive the Stinger.

    Fourthly, I doubt that 95% of drivers will ever use all 272 kW of the Stinger's power. For this, one needs to get on a track and forget about breaking. The engine may sound great, may be powerful, but its perfect engineering shines only at its limits. Very few drivers will ever dare reaching these limits...

    To put a fullstop: I like the Stinger more than I am sceptical about it.

      3 years ago
  • Great Job Josh! What color will you guys pick?

      3 years ago
  • Whew, the Stinger GT is amazing but again its a Kia at the end of the day and I feel that's its biggest drawback. The same company that makes the Picanto and Sportage diesel. Nice article nevertheless and it is certainly different and very exciting!

      3 years ago
    • See, for me, that's what makes it great. A company is showing that an affordable performance car can and should be part of an affordable everyday range.

        3 years ago
    • You do raise a good point but then some people can argue that certain brands shouldn't touch the performance car category.

        3 years ago
  • A very cool heading and article

      3 years ago