Received any good Kia jokes? Yeah, I guess you do. You in all probability have horror story or two, or possibly you simply have the acronyms lined up and ready (“Hold it, asshole”). Or possibly you simply have some form of predilection that robotically turns in your rage-meter at any time when somebody suggests Korean automotive may truly be on-par with no matter model you align your self with. None of it is a shock. Earlier than I drove this automotive, I confided in a pal of mine about this check drive and his phrases, verbatim: “I don’t care if it has 1,000 horsepower and corners like a motherf***er, on the finish of the day it’s nonetheless only a Kia”. Sure, Kia’s popularity for making throwaway automobiles all the time steps into play. I’ve handled a 1994 Sephia. And quite a few Ford Aspires (learn: Kia Pleasure). And Sportages. And Optimas, and the XG350, and so forth and so forth. In contrast to 2008 GM and Chrysler throughout their actually low factors, Kia didn’t hit all-time low, that’s the place they began out.
And right here’s the factor: not like some those who I’ve met in life, as a substitute of borrowing a jackhammer and attempting to maintain tunneling additional downwards, Kia’s high quality, match and end, appearances and longevity have been enhancing, markedly over the past ten years for certain. Kia took automobiles just like the Spectra and Sportage SUV and centered on fixing the issue points and the fundamental components that early U.S. market automobiles and SUVs lacked. Round 2010, the corporate began to work on fashion, with their Optima sedan changing into a sleeper hit with it’s smooth form. And now, for 2018, Kia has constructed one thing so out-of-their-element that the entire hyperbole that can be utilized is getting used: they constructed a no-shit sports activities sedan, obtainable as a rear-driver or an all-wheel-drive five-door hatchback. From the second Kia dropped the GT idea automotive on the Frankfort Auto Present a few years in the past, the automotive world has been watching. Is the world prepared for a hot-rodded Kia, or perhaps a premium-price Korean sedan that’s aiming actually excessive within the market? We sampled a little bit of the Stinger GT at SEMA throughout a test-drive and got here away wanting extra. And we received extra, within the type of this Micro Blue 2018 Stinger GT AWD that the Martin Group allowed me to run unfastened with.
Let’s get this half out of the best way proper now: $52,405 is the quantity on the Maroney sticker for this GT2 AWD instance. That’s so much to choke down for a Kia, I get that. The GT2 is the bucks-up variation of the Stinger GT, the one with the twin-turbocharged three.3L V6 that you really want, and there have been solely two further choices over the bottom $51,400 value: $50 for a cargo web and $55 for wheel locks. So there isn’t any pairing down additional on this variation. However in the event you can stay with out the full-width sunroof, the thumping sound system and among the technological add-ons, you will get right into a RWD Stinger GT for $38,350 or an AWD Stinger GT for $40,550. You’ll nonetheless get the nice V6, you’ll get the Brembo brakes, the LED headlights and taillights, and the 19″ wheel/tire bundle. The choices are as much as you, however earlier than you learn additional, right here’s the TL;DR abstract: you will get a Stinger GT within the the whole lot you need, nothing you don’t setup for a comparatively first rate value. I check what’s on the lot, not what is good for many readers or consumers, and this one was able to roll. Received it? Okay, now learn on to search out out what driving this factor is like.
So the place does AutoCarTechNews sit on the Stinger GT? That engine is a gem…it pulls from the second the turbos grow to be concerned to redline. The transmission is nearly on level…from time to time the paddle-shifters aren’t as speedy as you’d hope, however we’ve seen a lot worse than these. They play alongside for essentially the most half, however at 10/10ths, you’ll discover the slight delay that kicks up from time to time. The journey goes to come back down to private choice, however we recognize that Kia caught to the center floor. Let the tuners and aftermarket dial up the harder-charging elements for individuals who prefer to fiddle. The physique is enticing, the inside nice (shifter being ignored) and it’s completely sensible as a each day driver. You possibly can have the two.0L four-cylinder powered Stinger in the event you actually need to go for the price range, however as a substitute skip the choices checklist, go for the baser-level Stinger GT, and do us one massive favor: recover from the model identify concern we’re certain many may have with this automotive. Kia has made a really competent sedan that may shock the hell out of loads of autos on the highway.
I can’t wait to learn the hate mail on this one.
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