We'll never view Kia the same way again.
Set to go on sale in December, the 2018 Kia Stinger will be one of the most affordable rear-wheel-drive sport sedans on the market. Kia has just announced official pricing for the model that could very well end up redefining the brand as a whole. With a base price of $32,795, you can buy a Stinger with the standard 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder with an output of 255 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. If you want all-wheel drive, that’ll cost an additional $2,200, regardless of which engine you opt for.
Speaking of which, it’s the twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 with 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque enthusiasts will want. Kia is fully aware of this, hence the RWD model’s limited-slip differential. The V6 begins at a damn reasonable $39,895. Even if you tack on all other extras, including AWD, a fully-loaded V6 Stinger still only tops of at just above $51,000. By comparison, competitors such as the Audi S5 Sportback, BMW 440i Gran Coupe and Infiniti Q50 all cost more – and have less power than the Stinger V6. All Stingers are equipped with Kia’s in-house developed eight-speed automatic transmission.
The AWD system features a Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control system which monitors driver inputs and road conditions and automatically applies power and braking force to the appropriate wheels when necessary. Above all, it’s important to remember the Stinger true performance sedan, especially the V6 model. Albert Biermann, former head of BMW M, now works for the (South) Koreans, and he personally oversaw the car’s chassis and suspension development at places such as the Nurburgring. So if you can’t afford, or simply don’t want, a German performance sedan, the 2018 Kia Stinger is beckoning.