An All-Korean Drag Race: Can The Hyundai Elantra N DCT Give The Kia Stinger GT A Run For Its Money? - story fullscreen Fullscreen

An All-Korean Drag Race: Can The Hyundai Elantra N DCT Give The Kia Stinger GT A Run For Its Money?

The Elantra N is much lighter and has a dual-clutch automatic, but the Stinger GT has a big power advantage

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Korean carmakers have been churning out exciting performance vehicles for a while and Sam CarLegion, recently staged a race between two of the hottest performance models from Hyundai and Kia. The cars in question are the updated Kia Stinger GT and the new Hyundai Elantra N. Both cars pack a surprising amount of performance and practicality, but which one should you go for?

An All-Korean Drag Race: Can The Hyundai Elantra N DCT Give The Kia Stinger GT A Run For Its Money?
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The Kia Stinger GT has an immense power and torque advantage. Its 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 makes 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet (510 Nm). The Hyundai Elantra packs “only” 276 horsepower (285 with NGS) and 289 pound-feet (393 Nm) from its 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four. However, it’s around 800 pounds (363 kg) lighter than the Stinger GT.

An All-Korean Drag Race: Can The Hyundai Elantra N DCT Give The Kia Stinger GT A Run For Its Money?
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This particular Stinger GT comes with all-wheel drive while the Elantra N sends power to the front wheels only. Both Korean vehicles rely on an eight-speed automatic, but the Elantra N has a dual-clutch system. The Stinger already proved it’s a force to be reckoned with, but the Elantra N might be a big surprise here. It’s also worth noting that the Stinger GT is more of a gran tourer rather than a full-on performance version, unlike the much snappier Elantra N

An All-Korean Drag Race: Can The Hyundai Elantra N DCT Give The Kia Stinger GT A Run For Its Money?
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Another thing to consider with these two is the price. Starting at $32,925, the Hyundai Elantra N is noticeably more affordable than the Kia Stinger GT, which starts at $37,395. However, for this amount, you get a manual Elantra N and a rear-wheel-drive Stinger GT. The real question here is, will the lighter, but less powerful Hyundai Elantra N be able to punch above its weight in this series of drag and roll races? Find out in the video below.


Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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