Get ready to watch the world's least likely car comparison.
The Kia Stinger GT marked the start of a radical new direction for the Korean automaker when it was revealed at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, blending lust-worthy looks with performance to match. Don’t forget that this is a brand that had a reputation for making cars that were reliable, but ultimately soulless for many years. It was the company’s first attempt at a sports sedan, and a very successful one at that. Never did we think that Kia would make a desirable car, but we were happy to be proven wrong.
At this year’s Detroit Auto Show, Kia unveiled the 2019 Forte with styling inspired by the Stinger – and that’s a very good thing. It certainly looks sportier than the outgoing model, but it’s no supercar. Why, then, is Kia comparing it to a Lamborghini Aventador? Don’t worry, the Korean automaker hasn’t gone completely mad.
Obviously, the Forte’s 2.0-liter, 147-hp four-cylinder engine is no match against the Aventador’s 6.5-liter, naturally-aspirated 700-hp V12 in terms of performance. Attempting a drag race would be futile. Instead, Kia has come up reasons why you should buy the compact sedan instead of the Italian supercar in a hilariously tongue-in-cheek video. Both cars are pitted against each other on the racetrack, but this comparison takes place in a standstill. As Kia explains, the Forte has twice as many doors as the Aventador and a large trunk with 15.1 cubic feet of cargo space. The Aventador, on the other hand, has just 5.3 cubic feet of cargo space in the front trunk, leaving just enough room for a small bag.
Inside, the Forte has an eight-inch infotainment touch screen and there’s room for five, while the Aventador makes do with traditional knobs and buttons and seating for two. Oh, and good luck climbing out of the Aventador while retaining your dignity. When it comes to comparing performance, Kia admits that the Aventador “goes a little faster if you’re into that whole speed thing,” but the Forte costs $400,000 less. Of course, people will be buying these two cars with wildly different expectations, but it’s great to see that Kia has developed a sense of humor and grown in confidence to the point we’re seeing the brand compare itself against one of the most exotic car companies in the world.