In car reviews, recounting how much “better” the Korean automakers are than they were in decades past has become painfully cliché. It doesn’t need to be said that Hyundai and Kia make world-class cars these days and have for some time, except in one area: performance. This is what the 2018 Kia Stinger GT aims to change. The Stinger is a sport sedan, from Kia, benchmarked against and aimed directly at the Germans for a lot cheaper. From… Kia. The idea of a performance-focused, rear-wheel drive sedan with a 365 horsepower twin-turbo V6 engine, Brembo brakes and an adaptive suspension that does zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, a car that can be had for the fraction of the price of a BMW 340i—all while wearing a Kia badge—is audacious. Arrogant, even. So what if it makes decent compacts and minivans; how dare Kia think it can do this?, a skeptic may wonder, and understandably so. This is a brand that once competed with Geo and Daihatsu, and now it wants to take on BMW? But the Stinger GT pulls it off, and in spite of a few minor flaws, it manages to be both an obvious performance car bargain and one of the great car surprises of this decade. (Full disclosure: In late 2017 the Kia Motor Company needed me to drive the Stinger so badly they flew me out to Los Angeles and put me up in a hotel for a week—or wanted to. Unfortunately, I had… [Read full story]
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