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

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

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?

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Drag Battle: Kia Stinger GT With a Tune Messes With a ROUSH Ford Mustang GT

Drag Battle: Kia Stinger GT With a Tune Messes With a ROUSH Ford Mustang GT

The Kia Stinger GT is surprisingly capable with only a tune, but a 750-horsepower, ROUSH Ford Mustang GT has something to say about it

When the Kia Stinger came out in 2017, it changed many people’s perceptions of the Korean brand. It also turned out to be a very quick car that responds very well to minor modifications. With this in mind, YoUTube channel Sam CarLegion has arranged for a tuned Kia Stinger GT to show up on the drag strip. However, it’s not going to run by itself, as it is joined by a ROUSH-modified Ford Mustang GT.

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You're Going to Like the New Mid-Range Four-Cylinder In the 2021 Kia Stinger

You’re Going to Like the New Mid-Range Four-Cylinder In the 2021 Kia Stinger

The 2021 Kia Stinger arrives with new 2.5-liter engine and bigger displays inside

The Kia Stinger is barely three years old as of 2020, but the Korean automaker decided it’s time for facelift. As most mid-cycle upgrades, it doesn’t add much in terms of styling, but it brings a brand-new engine and some tech. The range-topping, 3.3-liter V-6 remains largely unchanged, while the old 2.0-liter four-banger carries over with no changes, but the Stinger now comes with a new mid-range option in the form of the 2.5-liter turbo-four.

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A New Report Says the Kia Stinger is in Trouble

A New Report Says the Kia Stinger is in Trouble

Things have, apparently, escalated quite quickly for the Stinger

About a week ago, in the middle of April 2020, we told you that you should hold off on buying a new Kia Stinger because the next-gen 2021 Stinger was going to be so much better. The highlights of the next-gen model were said to include a larger, more powerful four-cylinder in the base model with the high-end model expected to see some tweaks, power upgrades, and improved technology. Now, a new report out of South Korea has cast shade on the previous report in the very worst way. As it turns out, the Kia Stinger might not be long for this world….at least not in the short term.

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Don't Buy a Kia Stinger Now – Something Much Better is Coming in 2021

Don’t Buy a Kia Stinger Now – Something Much Better is Coming in 2021

Kia is looking to improve sales of its resident sports sedan by giving it some very juicy updates

When I witnessed Kia pull the sheet off the 2018 Stinger, I was both shocked and confused. Two questions hit me like a kick to the teeth: How did the decision to built a sports sedan pass the higher-ups when SUVs seem to be the big focus right now, and secondly, how the hell is Kia expecting to compete with the Germans? Well, an hour or so later, I sat down inside the Stinger and immediately I realized it was significantly more comfortable that the new BMW 5 Series I had just sat in. Then a few months later, I got behind the wheel of one, and sure enough, the Stinger was a BMW, Mercedes, and Audi Fighter through and through. Kia did it. The company managed to put itself in a position to compete with other luxury and performance brands. However, the Stinger hasn’t exactly lived up to sales expectations, and new reports are indicating that Kia is about to do something about it. Something big, as a matter of fact.

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Kia Enters The Exclusivity Ring With the Special Edition 2020 Kia Stinger GTS

Kia Enters The Exclusivity Ring With the Special Edition 2020 Kia Stinger GTS

Kia Stinger GTS gets a drift mode and carbon fiber bits

The Kia Stinger GT has really been impressing reviewers and buyers alike ever since it was launched with its blend of bold styling, great quality and, last but not least, a rewarding, sporty driving experience. Now Kia intends to make the latter even better as it’s just introduced a more exclusive Stinger GTS at the 2019 New York Auto Show.

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This Kia Stinger Wears its Widebody Kit Well

This Kia Stinger Wears its Widebody Kit Well

Turns an already aggressive looking car into something evil

The Kia Stinger has received a lot of attention since it debuted some two years ago and while at first the attention was mainly due to it being a new model that nobody knew anything about, now it gets attention specifically because people know it’s actually pretty good. But for those that think that the factory look just isn’t aggressive enough, now there’s a bold widebody kit that completely transforms its look.

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Kia May Deal a Stronger Blow to Audi and BMW with Higher-Performance or Premium Stinger Models

Kia May Deal a Stronger Blow to Audi and BMW with Higher-Performance or Premium Stinger Models

That’s what happens when you have a car that’s generated a lot of positive reactions

You know an automaker has a potential gold mine of a car on its hands when it’s already talking about adding variants to a model that just hit the market. That’s the position Kia is in with the Stinger GT, a car that has caught everyone’s attention in all the right ways. It’s no surprise, then, that Kia is already looking into producing different model variants of the Stinger provided that sales and interest in the four-door saloon remain strong.

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The Stinger GT Atlantica Adds A Special Feel To Kia's Mighty Sports Sedan

The Stinger GT Atlantica Adds A Special Feel To Kia’s Mighty Sports Sedan

Limited production run adds unique touches to entice new buyers

First introduced just last year at the Detroit Auto Show, the Kia Stinger GT pretty much singlehandedly upended our perception of the South Korean brand’s sporting intentions thanks to its attractive five-door liftback exterior and competitive powertrain spec. Now it looks like Kia is jumping on the special edition bandwagon with the release of the Stinger GT Atlantica, which “celebrates the cross-Atlantic collaboration between the U.S. and the vehicle’s Germany-based development roots and introduces exclusive features not previously offered.” Standout upgrades include new paint and larger wheel designs outside, as well as Nappa leather upholstery for the cabin.

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Kia Pits The Forte Against The Lamborghini Aventador in Hilarious Ad

Kia Pits The Forte Against The Lamborghini Aventador in Hilarious Ad

Korean automaker makes a lot of fair points!

The Kia Forte and the Lamborghini Aventador are two cars that couldn’t be more different from each other. One is a compact four-door sedan while the other is, well, you know what the Aventador is. On the surface, the Aventador beats the Forte in just about every meaningful discussion. But is the Lamborghini really that much better than the Forte? Kia (obviously) doesn’t think so, and believe it or not; it actually makes a compelling case for its own sedan.

Go ahead and watch the video. Tell me you didn’t get a good laugh out of it. I certainly did. Kia’s justifications for the Forte are all fair. The sedan does have two more doors than the supercar. It also has a big advantage in rear seating, cargo space, touch-screen capability, and wireless charging. It even has the Aventador beat in fuel efficiency and cost. It’s true that you can buy a Forte for a tenth of the price of an Aventador. You can even use the money you saved on something else, including that villa in Italy the voice-over guy suggested. By these metrics, the Forte wins hands down!

In all seriousness, the “rivalry” between the Forte and Aventador is tongue-firmly-planted-in-cheek humor. Give credit to Kia for thinking outside the box with the angle for this commercial. It takes a certain kind of confidence to roll out an Aventador opposite a Forte, and then actually make a compelling case for the latter as the better car.

Well done, Kia. It’s a great commercial, though, I think it would’ve probably been better if you saved this one for Super Bowl LII. Just a thought.

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Souped-up Kia Stinger GT to Get V-8 Engine

Souped-up Kia Stinger GT to Get V-8 Engine

Is Kia finally giving us an alternative to the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63?

Rumors of a more powerful version of the awesome Kia Stinger GT have been flying around ever since the Korean brand launched the sedan – and we have a rendering and speculative review for it – but the Asian carmaker has yet to confirm such plans exist. However, the company’s Australian communications manager just hinted that a higher performance version could come to the U.S. soon. What’s more, it appears that instead of a beefed-up V-6, Kia may use a V-8 powerplant for the range-topping four-door.

Speaking to CarAdvice, Kevin Hepworth, the brand’s communications manager in Australia, said, "I believe they’re developing one" when asked about a V-8-powered Kia Stinger. And while he pointed out that such a model won’t make it Down Under, he added that "there may be a possibility the U.S. could pick it up." There’s no word as to when it could arrive, but as we mentioned in our speculative review, a 2018 launch for the 2019 model year seems very likely. What specific engine will it use and how much power will it send to the wheels? Keep reading to find out.

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Don't Expect A Hardcore Version Of The Kia Stinger For The Time Being

Don’t Expect A Hardcore Version Of The Kia Stinger For The Time Being

It could still happen, but for now, Kia wants the Stinger GT to stand on its own feet first

The Kia Stinger GT caused quite a stir when it made its debut at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Not only did it usher in a new era of Kia performance models, but it also made it known that Kia’s all set to compete in a premiumsedan market currently dominated by the likes of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. It’s no surprise, then, that soon after the Stinger GT broke cover, the rumor mill was inundated with an insinuation that a “hotter” version could be in the works. A Stinger “GT-R,” as folks christened it. Well, according to no less than Albert Biermann himself – he’s the head of Kia’s high-performance division – a more powerful version of the Stinger GT is possible; it just won’t happen anytime soon.

As deflating as it sounds, Kia did offer a pretty sound explanation as to why it’s holding off on a more hardcore version of the Stinger GT. According to Biermann, the focus at this moment is to make sure that the Stinger GT is successful. Launching the car (it’s expected to arrive in the U.S. later this year) is the first step. From there, the company is intent on gauging the kind of customers it gets and understanding what these customers are looking for in terms of a more performance-oriented version of the model. It’s an approach that wouldn’t make sense if it was BMW, which already knows what its customers want. But this is Kia, a company that’s technically diving into these waters for the first time. As Biermann told Motoring Australia, entry into this premium market is something Kia needs to do “carefully.”

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