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

The Kia Stinger GT sits at the top of the Korean, non-premium food chain

However, there's a new challenger from the mother company, Hyundai - the Elantra N. Stinger GT has a big power advantage, but the Elantra N packs a surprising amount of grunt

How they stack up, engine-wise

The Kia Stinger GT's 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 packs 365 hp and 376 lb/ft while the Hyundai Elantra N's 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 makes up to 286 hp and 289 lb/ft. However, Elantra N has the advantage in most other departments

Despite being down on power, the Elantra N is the more performance-oriented vehicle here

Its chassis has a sportier setting, compared to the bigger Stinger. The Elantra N is also around 800 lbs lighter, which could make up for the power disadvantage

The Kia Stinger GT is more of a gran tourer

Unlike the Elantra N, the Stinger GT has a milder set up, more appropriate for a gran tourer. While much heavier, the Kia also has all-wheel drive while the Hyundai sends power to the front wheels only

The Hyundai Elantra N has an advantage when it comes to the transmission

Both Koreans rely on an 8-speed automatic, but the one in the Elantra N is a dual-clutch unit, which makes for snappier gear changes. The only disadvantage of the DCT is when it has to downshift multiple gears

Swipe up to see how the races went and to learn more about the cars

While not direct competitors, these are 2 of the hottest Korean performance cars, currently on sale. We won't spoil the details, but the races were closer than expected


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