The Kia Stinger GT might just be the new grand champion of grand touring cars.
There’s been a lot of talk about the new Kia Stinger. It seemed to show up out of nowhere and impress every skeptic who sat behind the wheel.
But is it better than a Ford Mustang GT? In short: yes.
Motoring Australia recently posted a video on their YouTube channel that put the Ford Mustang GT and the Kia Stinger GT to the test. On paper, the cars are very similar. Both start in the upper $35,000s and become around $40,000 once you’ve selected all the options you’d obviously want. Both have 18-inch alloy wheels with optional 19-inchers if you feel like that extra inch will account for something. And both have a sloping roofline that allows them to be called “fastbacks”.
But that’s where the similarities end. The Kia comes with a 3.3-L twin-turbo V6 outputting 365 hp, while the Mustang has a massive 5.0-L naturally aspirated V8 putting out an advertised 460 hp. By the numbers, the Mustang should crush the Stinger in a quarter-mile drag race.
Only it didn’t.
The Stinger reached the quarter-mile over a half second faster than the Mustang--Mustang in 13.32 seconds, Stinger in 12.83 seconds.
It should be noted this wasn’t entirely an apples to apples comparison. The Mustang was the 6-speed manual version, while the Stinger has an 8-speed automatic. What you may have witnessed was simply a demonstration that a computer can shift gears better than a man can.
So let’s have another test. This time, the Stinger GT versus two German luxury cars: the Porsche Panamera, and BMW’s 640i Gran Coupe M Sport.
The Panamera has a 3.0-L V6 producing 325 hp, while the BMW has a 3.0-L twin-turbo V6 producing 315 hp. This time, the Stinger has the obvious power advantage, and while the Panamera had better overall handling, it wasn’t by much and the Stinger was still the fastest.
The most important thing to note is that the Stinger is less than half the price as either the big German luxury cars it raced.
Kia Stinger. It’s a winner.