Buzz Around the Sporty New 2018 Kia Stinger at the Detroit Auto Show
Kia unveiled it’s new 2018 Stinger, an entirely new model of Kia luxury and sportiness being added to their lineup this year. You get your choice of a 2-liter turbo 4-cylinder or a 3.3 liter twin-turbo V6, that will take you from zero to 62 mph in 5.1 seconds, with a speed cap at 167 mph. Booo, speed cap.
It looks really cool. Like a curvy, sportier, souped up Optima… and he’s got all the makings of a sporty coupe…
- 3.3-liter twin turbo V6 engine with 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque
- 8 speed automatic transmission with 5 drive modes.
- Centrifugal Pendulum Absorber (you probably don’t know what the hell this is…)
- Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control System
- All-wheel (or rear wheel) drive system.
- Brembo vented disc brakes
- 19” Alloy Wheels with performance tires
- MacPherson front and multi-link rear suspension
- 0-60 in 5.1 seconds
- All the smart driving technology you’ll find in any other luxury sedan
Like, its a nice looking car and I have to say, I do really enjoy where Kia has been taking the brand in both luxury and style… and I can admit that a few times on the road my head has been turned by a few select model Kias where I’ve had to look twice and say… “Really? That’s a Kia?” And thumbs up to them. They’re not afraid to say “We can make some really cool cars, and we demand the respect of the automotive community…” but then I hear it’s got a 40k price point and I wonder if Kia has done enough in their branding and marketing to solidify their reputation into putting out a car that is this expensive. Kia has always been known to be an automaker with very affordable cars - having at least six or more models that are in the $15-16k range, and giving them a great curb appeal to younger drivers. Then they do have their “Bentley-esk” looking K900 which comes fully loaded at a price point of over 60k, comparative to any classic German automaker… but I’m still confused as to how they’re getting the money for that car… when BMW 5 Series boasts 445hp and goes from 0-60 in 4.3 seconds, (and for two thousand dollars more, you can hop into an M3, that has 425 HP and and 0-60 of 3.9 seconds), not to mention it’s impeccable reputation and German engineering… fully loaded for the same price as the K900… which needs to have a gas guzzling V8 to get you to 420hp and a turtle pace 5.5 seconds from 0-60… Its just a little confusing for me… that the car sells… over comparable vehicles.
Now don’t get me wrong, its a cool looking car and the drive reviews have been stellar… the paint job alone makes the car look like a million dollars and they're well rated in performance and reliability. What I’m getting at is that my biggest concern for this car is going to be it’s price, vs its prestige. While Kia still won’t put a solid down on what it’s going to sell at, $40k may be a little too high for its buyers and too close to some comparable luxury automakers that have a stronger reputation for this price point, especially in a time and place where automakers and consumers are moving more toward SUVs and crossovers, both rising in popularity. Hopefully they find a happy medium and the 2018 Kia Stinger finds it’s way into our hearts and our wallets.
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