2018 Kia Stinger Debuts as RWD Sports Sedan-Shaped Middle Finger to German Rivals
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    2018 Kia Stinger Debuts as RWD Sports Sedan-Shaped Middle Finger to German Rivals



    Kia may already have the best debut of the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, and the show hasn’t even officially started yet: The new Stinger sports sedan is finally here and it packages 365 horsepower in a fun-to-drive chassis and wraps it in a surprisingly sexy exterior.

    Drawing inspiration from the Kia GT Concept that was first seen six years ago, the 2018 Kia Stinger is a rear-wheel-drive based luxury sedan that was honed on the grueling Nurburgring racetrack. It is one of the most exciting debuts from Kia in a long time and is being hailed as the sportiest and quickest Kia yet.

    Kia is offering two engines in the Stinger, both mated to eight-speed automatic transmissions. Both engines are available on rear-drive and AWD models. The base engine is a turbocharged four-cylinder unit that makes an estimated 255 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The optional engine is a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6, which is expected to make 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. Kia hopes the Stinger will hit 62 mph in just 5.1 seconds and achieve a top speed of 167 mph with the V6 engine.
    Read more about the 2018 Kia Stinger Debuts as RWD Sports Sedan-Shaped Middle Finger to German Rivals at AutoGuide.com.

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    I think it looks great, I guess I was just expecting a little bit more aggressive styling away from the look of the Optima. It would've been great to see you at two door option as well, but this still does look promising as far as performance goes.
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    I like the performance, and I like the look in general, but I will need to see it in person to feel out the proportions. Its a hatch plus the overall length is shorter while the wheelbase is longer than the Optima, so I'm wondering how much the trunk is smaller than an Optima. Also, the back seats aren't shown in any pictures, and if they're smaller than the Optima, this maybe an issue.

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    yeah.... why bother buying a powerful RWD sports car if it's automatic only?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gmoney5588 View Post
    yeah.... why bother buying a powerful RWD sports car if it's automatic only?
    Well, actually..... Almost every single high-end performance super car that is rearwheel drive is offered now in automatic only. Look at any new Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche, or any other super high-end vehicle and they are usually only offered in automatic. This is because the automatics are faster shifting and much more reliable than the manuals are. Especially when you're talking about dual clutch transmissions.
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    Looks like a RWD Optima. I'm not sure they went the right direction here. The exterior looks awesome, but the dash doesn't seem to match. It looks like a bare bones sports coupe dash (despite the touchscreen) rather than a stylish luxury performance vehicle. A 2 door coupe would have made more sense.
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