Can people finally overlook the Kia badge and get on board with the Stinger?
We've been gushing over the Kia Stinger since it was revealed at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Even a fully-loaded Stinger will be less than $51,000, which is a bargain for a RWD sedan with a 365-hp twin-turbo V6. Even though we have raved about this car, it seems like the majority of the people we have spoken to can't get over the Kia badge. They say things like "I wouldn't spend $50,000 on a Kia, I'd rather get a Chevy SS." We've got great news for these people, because someone just tested the Stinger against the Australian Commodore SS-V.
The SS may be out of production, but it still packs an LS3 V8 with 415 hp, which is far more than the Stinger. But does this mean that the SS is faster? Amazingly, the less powerful (but lighter) Kia is able to trounce the big Australian sedan.
The Holden (which is the Australian equivalent to the Chevy) hits 100 kph in 5.3 seconds and gets through the quarter-mile in 13.2 seconds. The Stinger gets to 100 kph in just 4.8 seconds and completes the quarter in 12.79 seconds. There you have it, the Kia Stinger was able to outperform what many have noted to be the benchmark for affordable performance sedans. With the SS now out of production, the Stinger has almost no direct competitors and we can't think of any other reasons why people should keep hating on it. Get over the badge people, this car is fantastic.