Ever Driven A Kia Where You Wanted To Shut Off Traction Control?

Nope, not unless you've driven the 365 hp, RWD Stinger.

From the moment we laid eyes on the new 2018 Kia Stinger, we knew it was different from any previous Kia. Until now, there's never been a Kia fastback sedan that comes with standard rear-wheel-drive and an optional twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6, good for 365 hp and 376 lb-ft. Oh, and did we mentioned its chassis and suspension tuning was led by BMW M’s former boss? Motor Trend recently spent some time at the wheel of the Stinger in the mountain roads surrounding Los Angeles, as well as the required trip to the track, specifically Streets of Willow.

Although the Stinger can be had with AWD and a base 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder, the V6-RWD version is without question the driving enthusiast’s choice. Is the Stinger a real threat to the likes of the BMW 3 Series, or even the M3? Is it more of a sports sedan than outright track car for the road?

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And, perhaps most importantly, does it represent a new era for Kia as it begins to somewhat shift away from the typical FWD economy cars of its past? The answers are in this video. And here’s one last Stinger factoid: Drivers can completely shut off traction control at the mere push of a button. Your typical Kia certainly doesn't offer that, but BMWs do.

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