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Kia Stinger GT by the Numbers



The Stinger GT’s entry into the sports-sedan market marks a bold new direction for Kia, a company historically focused on value and reliability. Its GT is a first for the company, fusing the practicality of a mainstream sedan with the dynamic long-distance comfort and performance of a gran turismo car at a price lower than many luxury-brand rivals.

2018 Stinger GT2 prototype with optional features shown. Not all optional features available on all trims. Available in limited quantities in select markets.

Many people who hear the words “grand touring” in the same sentence as Kia might scoff. And the company knows it. Eddie Rayyan, Head of Product Strategy at Kia, readily admits, “We had to develop a true gran turismo without compromise to earn the respect necessary to compete against the world’s best vehicles.” He goes on: “Stinger was the most challenging product we’ve created and is a defining moment for Kia.” Anything similar wears luxury badges, so how does the Stinger GT—that’s the one powered by the 365-hp twin-turbo V-6­—match up in a heady class of sports sedans that includes the entry-level Porsche Panamera, Audi S5 SportbackBMW 340i xDriveBMW 640i Gran Coupe, Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400, and the Lexus GS350 F Sport?


Engine: 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6
Horsepower: 365 hp
Torque: 376 lb-ft



The Stinger’s 365 horsepower V-6 places it ahead of the BMW, Audi, and Lexus sports sedans in terms of power, but short of the 400 horses under the hood of the Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400. However, Stinger’s 376 lb-ft of torque leads the pack, and this shows in its off-the-line acceleration (keep reading for a 0-60 comparison). The power is harnessed by an 8-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode. Kia also offers a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which puts out 255 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque—far from modest for a base model.




0–60 mph Acceleration: 4.4 s
Top Speed: 167 mph
70–0 mph Braking Distance: 158 ft
Roadholding on 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.93 g


The Stinger GT’s power shines as it blasts to a 167-mph top speed, faster than any car in the comparison. The next highest of the cars we examined was the Audi S5 Sportback, topping out at 155 mph. The Audi, however, bests the Stinger off the line, traveling zero to sixty mph in 4.3 seconds compared to the Stinger’s 4.4 seconds. However, the Stinger catches up shortly after, tying the Audi to a 12.9-second quarter-mile and pulling ahead at higher speeds (140 mph took 22.4 seconds compared to the Audi’s 24.9 seconds). Stinger achieves its best off-the-line performance using launch control, which according to Kia is about 0.2 seconds quicker. In our testing, the rear-wheel-drive model was 0.2-second quicker than the all-wheel-drive variant.



Kia offers Brembo vented-disc brakes for the Stinger GT, and that’s a good thing. Weighing more than many of the other cars in the group, the Stinger GT needs the extra stopping power. Considering its weight, it’s that much more impressive that the Stinger stopped in the same 158 feet as the best-performing Audi S5 Sportback.

Kia designed the Stinger with its engine mounted as far back as possible to improve handling. The car’s balance, combined with the grip from its Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer tires, deliver 0.93 g on our 300-foot diameter skidpad test. Pulling nearly 1 g is sure to deliver thrills, and it lands the Stinger’s road handling squarely within the luxury sports sedan class of cars, between the Audi S5 Sportback at the high end pulling 0.95 g and the Lexus GS350 F Sport at the low end with 0.85 g.



Size and Configuration

Car Type: 4-door hatchback
Drivetrain Layout: RWD with available AWD
Curb Weight: 4157 pounds
Wheelbase: 114.4 inches
Length: 190.2 inches
Width: 73.6 inches
Height: 55.1 inches



As noted before, the Stinger GT is on the heavy side, weighing in at 4004 pounds for the rear-drive model and 4157 for our all-wheel-drive test car. However, this weight is distributed over a long wheelbase, with 51.9 percent of the weight on the front and the rest on the rear. Stinger’s wheelbase is shorter than the BMW 640i Gran Coupe but longer than most of the cars we looked at, including the Audi S5 Sportback, Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400, and the Lexus GS350 F Sport. A long wheelbase tends to reinforce the gran turismo goals, increasing comfort and stability, even at higher speeds. It also contributes to the Stinger’s styling, creating a car that looks fast even when not going 167 mph.



Passenger and Cargo Room

Number of passengers: 5
Passenger Volume: 96 cubic feet
Cargo Volume: 23 cubic feet



One feature that sets the Stinger GT apart in the luxury sports sedan class is its practicality. With more combined passenger and cargo room than the other cars in this comparison, the Stinger offers not only spaciousness for its passengers but also the most cargo space. This makes the Stinger a reasonable purchase as a daily driver, able to handle trips to the store just as well as long drives in grand touring style.




Base Price: $39,250


Perhaps one of the biggest selling points for the Stinger is its value. While its engineering and performance specs justify a place among other luxury sports sedans, its price is substantially lower. Starting at just $39,250 ($40,200 for an all-wheel-drive GT), a fully loaded rear-wheel drive version can be had for $50,100. None of the other cars in this comparison beat that. Combined with an industry leading warranty* from Kia, the Stinger screams value, a word that perhaps never before applied to this class of car.




By the numbers, the Stinger deserves its gran turismo designation, and it stands poised to open that market to many more drivers. The attainability of a car that can hold its own among established luxury sports sedans while also offering practicality as a daily driver is surely a reason for excitement. Now it’s up to drivers to decide if the experience behind the wheel lives up to the specs.



Car and Driver test data from a Stinger GT with rear wheel drive using Launch Control and equipped with 19” wheels. Always drive safely and obey all traffic laws. *The Kia 10-year/100,000-mile warranty program includes various warranties and roadside assistance. Warranties include powertrain and the New Vehicle Limited Warranty (Basic). All warranties and roadside assistance are limited. See retailer for details or go to

2018 Kia Stinger First Review: Kia Chases, and Catches, the Best European Luxury Sedans

Date: October 8, 2017
Author: Karl Brauer


Starting Price (est.): $33,000

Engine: 255-horsepower 4-cylinder

Fuel Economy: N/A

Warranty: 5-year/60,000-mile (basic), 10-year/100,000-mile (powertrain)

Similar: Audi S5 Sportback, BMW 440i Gran Coupe, Lexus GS, Porsche Panamera

What’s more outrageous than Kia trying to challenge the best luxury sport sedans from Europe? How about Kia succeeding, with its all-new 2018 Kia Stinger. The new Stinger delivers entertaining driving dynamics, premium features and advanced technologies, all wrapped in a stunning shell and offered at a value-packed price.

The new Stinger reflects Kia’s ongoing desire to offer more than just solid transportation at a low price. That’s been the brand’s modus operandi for years, but now Kia wants to send a new message. Kia’s President and CEO, Justin Sohn, says the 2018 Kia Stinger “will mark a new era for Kia, dividing our history into ‘before’ and ‘after.’”

Inspired by Europe’s classic Gran Turismo sport sedans, the new Kia Stinger features a long hood, short front overhang, broad shoulders and fastback roofline. The Stinger’s wheelbase and overall length are slightly larger than its European rivals, giving it more interior space and excellent high-speed stability, a good thing given its 167-mph top speed.

The Stinger’s upscale exterior design is matched by a premium cabin with standard leather seats or optional hand-stitched Nappa leather. A wide dash with large, round vents contributes to the interior’s classic design and spacious demeanor.

Driven by Performance


Taking on Europe’s best sport sedans requires more than a shapely body and supple leather. Kia knew it had to go all in with the Stinger, building it on an all-new, rear-wheel-drive chassis composed of 55 percent high-strength steel while leveraging structural adhesives throughout the platform. Both elements contribute to the Stinger’s rigid foundation, improving driving dynamics and passenger protection.

The 2018 Kia Stinger is powered by either a 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine or a twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6. The standard 2.0-liter produces 255 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, which Kia says will propel the Stinger from zero-to-60 mph in 5.9 seconds. The V6 is good for 365 horsepower, 376 lb-ft of torque and a zero-to-60 time of 4.7 seconds. Both engines send power through an 8-speed automatic transmission to either the rear wheels or all four wheels on Stingers equipped with the optional all-wheel-drive system.

Also: See the other new and redesigned models for 2018

Our driving experience with the 2018 Kia Stinger was limited to models with the larger V6 engine, but we did try both rear- and all-wheel-drive versions on a variety of roads, including a closed-course facility. Under all these conditions the Stinger provided a superb balance of refined ride quality and capable performance. Intuitive steering response and controlled body roll gave us confidence when pushing the car hard at the track. All V6 Stingers come standard with 4-wheel Brembo disc brakes, and these delivered progressive, controlled stopping power even during our most aggressive driving behavior on a hot day in California’s high desert. They feature an anti-fade technology that automatically increases boost when needed.

Personalized Driving Style | Drive Mode Select


The 2018 Kia Stinger is offered in five trim levels, starting with the 4-cylinder “Stinger” and “Stinger Premium” trims and continuing on to the V6-powered “Stinger GT”, “Stinger GT1” and “Stinger GT2” trims. All five trims include a Drive Mode Select system that lets the driver toggle between Smart, Eco, Comfort and Sport modes, altering the Stinger’s suspension settings, exhaust note, throttle response, steering weight, and all-wheel-drive system. There’s also a “Custom” mode for adjusting each of those components individually. For performance-oriented driving we found “Sport” worked well for every setting…except steering, which felt unnecessarily heavy. Using the Stinger’s “Custom” drive mode to put steering in Comfort, while leaving everything else in Sport mode, created the perfect blend of throttle, suspension, all-wheel drive, and steering response. This setup also gave full voice to the V6’s rewarding exhaust note.

Rear-Wheel Drive | All-Wheel Drive


With all-wheel drive (AWD) offered on every trim of the Kia Stinger it’s easy to configure the new sport sedan to your personal preference. We tested rear- and all-wheel-drive versions extensively and enjoyed the driving dynamics provided by both. While all-wheel drive will consistently generate greater cornering grip, along with higher confidence in slick road conditions, it’s not uncommon for AWD to give cars a heavier, less-responsive nature. The Kia Stinger avoids this with a rear-biased AWD system that includes dynamic torque vectoring. By constantly altering which wheel(s) power flows to, based on steering input and available traction, the Stinger retains the nimble nature of a traditional rear-wheel-drive sport sedan while adding additional front-wheel grip when it benefits traction and driver control. For rear-wheel-drive Stingers, an optional limited-slip differential is available on V6 models.

High-Performance Wheels and Tires

Kia Stingers equipped with the 4-cylinder engine ride on 18-inch alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 225/45 performance tires engineered specifically for the Stinger. All V6 models come standard with 19-inch alloy wheels wearing the same Michelin Pilot tires sized 225/40 in front and 255/35 in back. Buyers looking for a softer ride from their V6 Kia Stinger can opt for the same 18-inch wheels from the 4-cylinder Stingers.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

Kia supplements the Stinger’s driving dynamics with a wide range of standard and optional driver assistance technologies. Every Stinger comes standard with traction and stability control, hill-start assist, front and rear park-distance warning sensors, and a rearview camera. Optional technologies range from forward-collision and pedestrian warning to lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and driver-attention warning. Other advanced features, including automatic high beams, rear cross-traffic alert, radar cruise control, and a head-up display are also available.

Roomy and Upscale Interior with Plenty of Cargo Space


The Kia Stinger’s svelte exterior envelops a roomy, premium interior with standard leather seats and LED lighting. Legroom is plentiful in the front and rear seats, though the Stinger’s sloping roofline might make headroom tight in the back for those over six feet tall. Cargo space is also impressive because of the Stinger’s rear hatch that hinges above the glass. With the rear seats up, there’s 23.3 cubic feet of storage space. That number jumps to 40.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.

Standard luxury features include a 12-way power driver’s seat, 8-way passenger, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a 7-inch touch-screen display, and a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel. Additional standard features, like steering wheel audio controls, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, push-button start, and keyless entry give even base-model Stingers genuine luxury chops.

Buyers seeking additional luxury can specify a 16-way driver’s seat and 12-way passenger seat, both of them ventilated and covered in Nappa leather, but only on top-trim Kia Stinger GT2s. All V6 models come with aluminum pedals and door sill plates, “GT”-embossed headrests, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and a 180-mph speedometer (4-cylinder Stingers have a 160 mph speedo). Other features, available on mid-grade Stingers, range from an 8-inch touch screen with navigation to an upgraded 9-speaker audio system.

Premium Harman Kardon Audio System

A 15-speaker, 720-watt Harman Kardon audio system comes standard on the Kia Stinger Premium, GT1 and GT2 trims. This system features door-mounted tweeters, dual underseat subwoofers, a 12-channel external amp, 5.1 channel surround sound processing, and Harman Kardon’s propriety “clari fi” signal-enhancing technology. The latter is designed to fill in the signal gaps from compressed digital audio. Our experience with clari fi confirms it works as advertised, giving MP3 and satellite radio a richer tonal quality. If the Harman Kardon or mid-grade 9-speaker audio system are too rich for your blood, the base Kia Stinger audio system still includes HD and satellite radio with 6 speakers.

Kia’s UVO3 Infotainment System


The new Stinger features Kia’s latest connected-car technology in the form of UVO3. This system includes the aforementioned Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard features, but it can also integrate with a smartphone app to provide vehicle location tracking, geo fencing, over-the-air vehicle diagnostics, and voice-operated controls for making phone calls or controlling the audio system. The system can also contact emergency services automatically, to request help.

Stinging the Competition

Kia regularly referenced cars like the Audi S5 SportbackBMW 440i Gran Coupe, Lexus GS, and even the Porsche Panamera when discussing the Stinger’s target competition. As we sat in the technical briefing prior to driving the Stinger, it was tough to reconcile those comparisons. After experiencing the Kia Stinger those references to established, benchmark sport sedans made sense. The 2018 Kia Stinger rivals those cars in styling, premium features and interior space. It even matches or beats most of them in terms of driving performance, though the Panamera remains a step ahead of the Stinger (as it should, given its more than double starting price).

Kia’s Value Equation Remains Intact

The 2018 Kia Stinger will go on sale in late November for a starting price around $33,000 for the 4-cylinder version and $40,000 for the V6. That’s substantially less than the sport sedans Kia targeted with the Stinger. Despite Kia’s lack of history in this segment the company is confident buyers of traditional European and Japanese luxury sedans will be intrigued by the Stinger’s combination of style, performance, features and price. All Kia really wants is an opportunity to speak to these shoppers. Buyers willing to give the Stinger a test drive could very likely abandon their original purchase plan, going with this upstart sport sedan instead.


Photo Gallery: 2018 Kia Stinger

Numbers and Details

How much legroom does the Stinger have? Which trim offers the 19-inch wheels? Does it really have Nappa leather? Some of those questions can be answered below, others will require further research.

$33,000 est. (all prices listed include $895 destination charge)

5-passenger capacity
255-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-Cylinder
8-speed automatic transmission
160-mph speedometer
Rear-wheel drive
Leather seats
12-way power-adjustable heated driver seat
8-way power-adjustable heated passenger seat
Heated steering wheel
Dual-zone climate control
Steering wheel mounted shift paddles
7-inch touch-screen display
Push-button start
Keyless entry
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
HD/Satellite/MP3 6-speaker audio system
18-inch alloy wheels
Bi-function projection headlights
LED daytime running lights
LED taillights

Stinger Premium
LED bi-function projection headlights
LED rear turn signals
Power tilt/slide sunroof
Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink
2-position memory for driver’s seat
8-inch touch-screen display with navigation
15-speaker, 720-watt Harman Kardon Audio System

Stinger GT
Price: $39,000
3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6
180-mph speedometer
“GT” headrest logo
Flat-bottomed steering wheel
Aluminum dash trim
Aluminum pedals
Aluminum door sill plates
HD/satellite/MP3 9-speaker audio system
19-inch alloy wheels
Body-colored outside door handles
Black chrome power-folding heated outside mirrors
“GT” grille emblem
Black-chrome side vents
High-gloss hood vents
Dark-chrome window trim

Stinger GT1
Price: $N/A

7-inch TFT gauge cluster display with G-meter, oil temp, torque, turbo boost, chrono lap timer
Auto-dimming outside mirrors

Stinger GT2
Price: $N/A

Premium Nappa leather seat trim with unique shape and pattern
16-way power-adjustable driver’s heated and ventilated seat
12-way power-adjustable passenger heated and ventilated seat
Shift-by-wire gear selector
Head-up display
Forward collision avoidance with pedestrian warning
Forward collision warning system
Lane-keep assist
Lane-departure warning
Driver-attention warning
Blind-spot warning
Rear cross-traffic collision warning
Smart cruise control
High-beam assist
Limited-slip differential
Dynamic low-beam headlight assist
Smart trunk with power opening

2018 Kia Stinger Specs
Engine: 2.0-liter Turbo 4 or 3.3-liter Twin-Turbo V6
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive, All-wheel drive
Horsepower: 255 hp @ 6,200 rpm (2.0-liter), 
365 hp @ 6,000 rpm (3.3-liter)
Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 1,400-4,000 rpm (2.0-liter), 
376 lb-ft @ 1,300-4,500 rpm (3.3-liter)
Fuel Economy: N/A
Zero-to-60 MPH: 5.9 seconds (2.0-liter), 4.7 seconds (3.3-liter)
Curb Weight: 3,800 lbs (rear-wheel drive) to 4,000 lbs (all-wheel drive)
Wheelbase: 114.4 inches
Length: 190.2 inches
Height: 55.1 inches
Width: 73.6 inches

Kia Stinger: 2018 European Car of the Year and North American Car of the Year awards finalist

Source: KIA BUZZ
Date: Monday, December 1, 2017
Author: Kia BUZZ Editorial Team

Since its launch, the Kia Stinger has swept several awards for its styling and has been constantly praised for its exhilarating handling characteristics, pristine refinement, and extraordinary gran turismo capabilities. Recently, the Stinger added two more achievements to its already impressive resume.

2018 Kia Stinger

The Stinger has been named among seven shortlisted cars for the 2018 European Car of the Year award. The European Car of the Year award was established in 1964 by automobile magazines from several different European countries. Since then, a panel of judges comprised of motoring journalists selects one single, decisive winner each year.

This year, 37 vehicles were eligible and only seven were shortlisted after being judged on a series of stringent criteria. The Stinger easily slid into the final seven with impressive scores.

2018 Kia Stinger

Judges will conduct a final test drive of the shortlisted cars in February 2018 in Mortefontaine, France. Soon after, only one of the seven will be crowned the 2018 European Car of the Year on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show scheduled to open on March 5, 2018.

2018 Kia Stinger

The Stinger has also been announced as one of the three finalists for the 2018 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year awards in the “cars” category at an official announcement during the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Since its inception in 1994, they are currently the longest-running ‘Car of the Year’ awards that are not associated with a specific publication. Such structure ensures unbiased judging by a panel of about 60 professional automotive journalists from the United States and Canada.

2018 Kia Stinger

After rigorous reviews, the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year awards honor excellence in innovation, design, safety, performance, technology, driver satisfaction, and value. Winners are to be announced at the North American International Auto Show to be held in Detroit in January 2018.

2018 Kia Stinger

So make sure you check out the Geneva Motor Show and North American International Auto Show next year to cheer on the Stinger as a ‘Car of the Year’ winner. Meanwhile, stay tuned for more good news as Kia continues to be recognized by influential automotive media around the world.