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Kia Stinger GT Gets Surprisingly Positive Motor Trend Review

The G80 Sport has been getting positive reviews all summer, but it's time for its more handsome Kia brother to shine as well. The Stinger GT was reviewed by Motor Trend and professional race car driver Randy Pobst couldn't say enough good things about it.
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Kia Stinger GT Gets Surprisingly Positive Motor Trend ReviewKia Stinger GT Gets Surprisingly Positive Motor Trend ReviewKia Stinger GT Gets Surprisingly Positive Motor Trend Review
Since Jason Cammisa left MT, Pobst has been filling in, and we have to say that we're impressed with his work. Not only can he drive any car to the limit, but he also seems to get car culture. The Stinger GT is right up his alley - rear-wheel-drive sports sedan with a powerful engine.

As the review points out, the Stinger GT is a long time in the making, and we should consider ourselves lucky that it even happened in the first place. As we've told you time and time again, the regular Stinger has got a 2-liter turbo, but the GT packs a 365 horsepower twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6.

That's less power than the V8 in the K900, but the reviewer says it's still enough to spin the wheels in third gear at low rpm. This could have something to do with it not having the AWD option.

If there's one thing we took away from this video, it's that the GT was clearly not intended to be a track car. It's got the bold looks and big engine, but not the stiff suspension. That's okay if you don't want your liver to be bruised. The Brembo brakes also resisted fade, even on the track.

The bad news is that even in the sportiest setting, the 8-speed automatic doesn't let you have full control, as it will upshift even when you don't want to. The Stinger GT is also a little bit fat due to its improvised platform.

We respect the fact that Kia made it as a hatchback. Yes, a hatchback, in the same sense as the Porsche Panamera. Yes, this really is the first Kia that's worth comparing to a Porsche.



 
 
 
 
 

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