Kia wowed the crowds when it introduced its first-ever sport sedan at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. We all knew it would be quick, but now, it's even quicker than previously imagined.
Tucked away in a press release about thedebut in South Korea is an interesting tidbit -- it'll complete the sprint to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds. Well, it'll do that in GT trim, which packs the most powerful engine on offer, a 365-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V6.
Originally, Kia promised a 0-62 time around 5.1 seconds, which is still damned impressive for the company's first foray into production performance vehicles. But you're never going to hear a complaint when it turns out to be quicker.
To provide a bit of context, it's quicker than BMW's closest competitor, the 4 Series Gran Coupe in 440i trim, but it's not as quick as the Audi S4. For context that's not as rooted in sensibility, it's about as quick as an old Ferrari Testarossa, a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR, a 2000 Pontiac Trans Am WS6 and the original Porsche 911 Turbo.or the
Of course, this only applies to the most powerful Stinger on offer. The 255-horsepower four-banger Stinger will take a bit longer to reach 62 mph, and the 197-horsepower diesel (which isn't coming to the US) will be even slower. No matter the engine, the only transmission on offer is an eight-speed automatic.
The 2018 Kia Stinger will hit dealerships later this year.