• KIA STINGER GT SPORT
  • Base value: $74,990
  • Powertrain and economic system: 3.3-litre twin turbo-petrol V6, 274kW/510Nm, 8-speed computerized, RWD, mixed economic system 8.9 litres per 100km, 239g/km (supply: RightCar), 0-100kmh 4.9 seconds.
  • Important statistics: 4830mm lengthy, 1400mm excessive, 2905mm wheelbase, baggage capability 404-1114 litres, 19-inch alloy wheels with 225/40 entrance and 255/35 rear tyres.
  • Security: 5 stars (examined 2017)
  • At a look: Nonetheless a strong, rear-drive, four-door sedan in a world of smart SUVs, which is at all times commendable. Additionally nonetheless has divisive styling and journey high quality.
  • Who ought to think about it: These nonetheless wanting rear-drive giant sedans in 2021 and don’t thoughts a barely unrefined journey or folks looking at them.

Kia launched the Stinger again in 2017 as its first rear-wheel drive automobile, the primary to be powered by a twin-turbo V6 and the primary to hit 100kmh in lower than 5 seconds. It’s a purists (and Stuff commenters) dream automobile and, for 2021, Kia has given it a handful of welcome upgrades. Drawback is, with out Holden and the Commodore, the Stinger has been left on their lonesome in its area of interest. Or has it?

ON THE OUTSIDE

At first glance, this is the same ol’ Stinger GT Sport that has been around for the last three years.

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At first look, this is similar ol’ Stinger GT Sport that has been round for the final three years.

Exterior updates are minimal, with LED headlights and DRLs commonplace on the GT Sport, cornering lights, a brand new design for the LED rear mild signature that extends the complete width of the automobile and switch indicators that comprise a group of ten particular person LED items every, organized in a grid sample.

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Each the Sport and lesser GT Line get new 19-inch aluminium alloy wheels as nicely.

In any other case, this is similar Stinger that’s been round for three-and-a-bit years. It seems bigger in images than it truly is – it’s truly smaller than the brand new BMW 5 sequence, imagine it or not. I just like the look, although I want the nostrils within the bonnet had been purposeful.

ON THE INSIDE

It’s still a safe interior design but there’s a nicer infotainment display and some quality Harman Kardon speakers.

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It’s nonetheless a protected inside design however there’s a nicer infotainment show and a few high quality Harman Kardon audio system.

A lot of the inside is similar as earlier than, however Kia has tweaked a number of parts. There’s a brand new 10.25-inch infotainment show with sat-nav, accented by a brand new gloss-black end. A high quality 15-speaker Harman Kardon audio system is commonplace, which additionally pipes in additional acceleration, shifting and suspension sounds.

There’s a brand new temper lighting system with 64 colors and the decrease part of the steering wheel has a metallic end to match the bezel of the 7-inch digital instrument cluster between the analogue dials.

Other than these, it is an similar swathing of leather-based and soft-touch plastics. You may name it a bit too protected, contemplating the one colors are black and silver, however the additional ambient lights assist.

Electronics embody lively cruise management, lane-keep help, blind-spot detection, ahead collision avoidance that works at junctions and a protected exit warning. That new digital display screen within the instrument cluster additionally reveals a rear-view feed when the motive force signifies both approach, permitting imaginative and prescient into the blind spots.

UNDER THE BONNET

The twin-turbocharged V6 has a mite more power thanks to a bimodal exhaust system.

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The dual-turbocharged V6 has a mite extra energy because of a bimodal exhaust system.

Energy continues to be generated by a tasty 3.3-litre twin turbocharged V6, now up a whopping two kilowatts to 274kW. That additional grunt comes courtesy of a brand new bimodal exhaust system – nicely, newly commonplace. Kia provided it beforehand as a $3500 choice.

It does enhance the sound, however not quite a bit – twist the drive mode dial to Sport and stomp the fuel and there’s just a little extra throat within the V6’s snarl. Nothing audible on the overrun although, and no brrraps on the shifts. It’s most likely higher outdoors the automobile however if you happen to can’t actually hear it inside, is it worthwhile?

The transmission is similar eight-speed computerized as earlier than, and it stays one of many weaker components of the Stinger’s package deal. It doesn’t actually do something flawed, however it may be gradual to shift and indecisive at occasions when left to its personal units. Which is a disgrace, as a result of…

ON THE ROAD

Four fat exhaust outlets show this four-door means business.

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4 fats exhaust shops present this four-door means enterprise.

… to drive, the Stinger is as incredible as ever. The steering is fantastically direct and the chassis absorbs a lot of the bouncier components of the highway. I’d argue the adaptive suspension will get too stiff for Kiwi roads so twiddling with the Customized drive mode to set the engine to its sportiest with the suspension in consolation is an efficient guess. That does imply it’s important to take care of a bit extra physique roll and floatiness over crests however properly supportive seats do quite a bit to negate these.

Sport mode additionally lets the rear slip beneath full fuel, which is hilariously straightforward to manage, aided by the limited-slip differential. Whereas not making the cacophony of one thing like a Mercedes-AMG C 43, the much-cheaper Stinger will simply sustain.

Within the metropolis and in Consolation mode, the Stinger is straightforward and easy to drive. In keeping with some the suspension continues to be too harsh, however I assumed it was high quality. Perhaps less than the identical stage because the C 43, or an Audi A5, or a BMW 4 Sequence, however the Stinger prices about fifty grand much less, so…

VERDICT

It’s not as large as it looks in photos too. It’s actually a bit smaller than a BMW 5 Series.

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It’s not as giant because it seems in images too. It’s truly a bit smaller than a BMW 5 Sequence.

The massive factor with the Stinger is definitely its value and subsequent market positioning. As soon as upon a time it traded blows with the Holden Commodore however these days are over. So what else is there for $75k?

Nicely, on both facet are the 2 Mustang siblings, and for a hair lower than $100k you’ve obtained the Toyota Supra. However these are two door sports activities coupes, probably not in the identical ballpark. I’ll let you know what’s in the identical ballpark although – and also you web commenters will love this – the Tesla Mannequin 3.

We’ve already referred to as the Mannequin 3 Tesla’s finest automobile on sale proper now, and it’s really good. You’ve obtained to go proper all the way down to the bottom mannequin with no choices (white, commonplace wheels, no additional options) however, just like the Stinger, it’s a rear-drive four-door sedan with respectable energy. It’s not as highly effective because the Stinger and never as quick (yep, the Stinger is quicker to 100kmh!), providing 211kW/450Nm to Kia’s 274kW/510Nm however it’s electrical and that counts for lots immediately. Perhaps Kia will observe swimsuit?