Mon. Jun 14th, 2021
2018 Kia Stinger GT

2018 Kia Stinger GT Long-Term Review Update

When you think GT car, you probably conjure up images of European sports coupes. Aston Martin DB11s, Ferrari Portofinos and the like. Surely you think of the Maserati Gran Turismo, its name literally being the long form of GT. They all share some key features.

So that’s style nailed down. As for performance, the Stinger GT has plenty of that, too. Even though it’s been in our fleet a few months, the twin-turbo V6 still impresses with its 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. After just a minute delay when hitting the skinny pedal, boosted power hits with a rush, and of course that power is available throughout the rev band, meaning you never have to work the engine hard to go fast. It’s coupled with an extremely composed chassis that doesn’t lean too much, and is happy to leap into action at the behest of the very quick steering wheel.

The engine is smooth and fairly quiet, as well. That may be a good thing, since the engine note itself isn’t particularly great to listen to. It sounds a little nasal, lacking much growl, snarl, howl or any other appealing noise you would hope to hear. Maybe an aftermarket exhaust or intake could liven it up, but we’re fine with its muted sound for now.

The one area that stands out as a place Kia could improve is the seats. They’re a bit flat, and the lower seat cushion is really short. On long drives, my thighs were getting a bit tired.

So, style, speed and usability — the Kia Stinger GT hits all of them on the head. Despite a couple of shortcomings, it’s exemplary of what a real GT should be, and for way less than the grandest of grand tourers. Actually, does that makes the Stinger GT the grandest of grand tourers? Maybe so, maybe so…