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2018 Kia Stinger is a balanced drifting machine on ice

An early sampling of Kia's new sports sedan on a frozen lake in Sweden proves to be a lot of fun and has us looking forward to spending more time with it soon.

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To gain its winter weather driving stripes, Kia performed testing and development for the Stinger in Arjeplog, Sweden.

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Tuning for the anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control and available all-wheel-drive system were the focus for Kia Sweden.

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The Stinger's stability control system features numerous settings with various degrees of intervention in slick conditions.

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Comfort mode dials back power almost immediately to maximum safety in slippery conditions.

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Sport mode allows for a little more slip angle, while still reducing power.

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A second Sport mode is unlocked by double tapping the stability control button and provides more slip angle but doesn't reduce engine power, allowing for controlled drifts.

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Stability control can also be turned off entirely, leaving matters in the hands of the driver.

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The Stinger's available all-wheel-drive system is surefooted through a tight slalom course.

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Chassis response to steering and throttle inputs during drifts is predictable.

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The 2018 Stinger goes on sale at the end of the year.

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