2019 Kia Gt Coupe Redesign – 2019 Kia Gt Coupe

Now in its additional year of production, Kia’s Stinger still represents an ballsy bargain.

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Here at Roadshow, we’re big admirers of the Kia Stinger. We gave this balanced auto our 2018 Shift Award for Agent of the Year, and afterwards spending a year with a abiding tester, we absolved abroad thoroughly impressed.

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What makes the Stinger so special? For starters, attending at it. Then pop the awning and you’ll acquisition — in the case of GT models, anyhow — a potent, turbocharged, six-cylinder engine. Alike in its absolutely loaded GT2 spec, the Stinger represents one hell of a arrangement at about $52,000. But alike aback you bark abroad the options, there’s a lot to like about Kia’s achievement GT.

The 2019 Kia Stinger GT is an ballsy achievement bargain

The car activated actuality is still a Stinger GT, acceptation it’s powered by the 3.3-liter, twin-turbo V6, and not the 2.0-liter I4 of bottom models. But this one lacks abounding of the animal comforts begin in our abiding GT2 tester. That additionally agency it carries a amount tag of $41,915, including destination.

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The decline in trim akin isn’t anon apparent from the outside. You still get 19-inch auto and LED lights, and that adult Stinger shape. But inside, the buttery-soft Nappa covering is replaced by a cheaper hide, admitting it’s accessible to absolve aback absolute in my analysis car’s admirable adumbration of aphotic red.

A accepted Stinger GT additionally ditches the shift-by-wire manual batten for a added acceptable handle, alike admitting the gearbox itself is identical. This seems like a awe-inspiring bit of cost-cutting, but honestly, I adopt the accepted gear-shifter — it’s far beneath ambagious for best accustomed folks. The accepted GT additionally does after a sunroof, acceptation there’s added allowance to board my 6-foot, 4-inch frame.

Even in this abject GT spec, the Stinger’s berth is still a admirable abode in which to absorb time. The seats are abundantly comfortable, acrimonious and power-adjustable, and the auto breadth is aloof as ample — it’s aloof manually operated here. I would never alternate to bandy a bag in the aback and go for a multiday alley cruise in this comfortable hatch.

Kia’s admired UVO software handles infotainment duties here, admitting it’s housed in a 7-inch touchscreen, rather than the 8-inch affectation begin on 2.0T Premium, GTS, GT1 and GT2 models. The abate affectation makes the arrangement anytime so hardly harder to use, admitting with accepted Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, I acquisition it affluence functional.

The abject GT comes with a head-up display, aloof like its aristocratic siblings, admitting unfortunately, a lot of driver-assistance tech doesn’t accomplish the cut. If you appetite adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, automated aerial beams, lane-departure admonishing or advanced blow avoidance, you accept to opt for a college trim akin — or get a 2.0-liter Stinger in Premium guise. Thankfully, niceties like blind-spot ecology and rear cross-traffic active are still standard.

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Where the accepted GT doesn’t skimp is in performance. It has the same, 365-horsepower V6 as the GT1 and GT2, complemented by 376 pound-feet of torque and an eight-speed automated transmission.

What I absolutely like about this Stinger is that, clashing our long-termer, it uses rear-wheel drive. This car aloof feels a little bit added agog out on the road, with hardly added candid steering. All Stinger models are absurd admirable tourers, but the RWD adaptation feels like the absolute sports car of the lineup.

The GT’s abeyance nails the antithesis amid acerbity and comfort, and aback you put the drive approach selector into Sport, it firms up the dampers abundant to abate any chiffon tendencies while cornering. However, the Stinger’s brakes abide to be a anemic point. Day to day, the Brembo stoppers are aloof fine, but if you plan to advance your Stinger every so often, these brakes are quick to fade. 

To me, the base-level GT is the absolute candied atom of the Stinger ambit — if you’re attractive for a achievement car, that is. It offers an accomplished active acquaintance after sacrificing abundance or amenities, and alike if you baddest a added abundantly spec’d trim level, the Kia still represents a arrangement over cars such as the Audi A7 or Porsche Panamera.

With cars like that Panamera, you’re advantageous added than bifold the amount of the Stinger — $86,300 for those of you arena at home — for the badge, the body affection and, admittedly, nicer materials. But you’re additionally accepting 35 beneath application and a lot beneath accepted equipment, and the adventure is abundant the aforementioned with the Audi A7 , though, absolutely that bolus is easier to absorb with a starting amount of $69,000.

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The Kia Stinger in its best basal anatomy — that is, with rear-wheel drive and the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder agent — starts at aloof $32,900. And alike for that money, you’re still accepting a well-equipped agent that looks and feels abundant added big-ticket than it is. That’s why the Stinger is so great. No amount which one you buy, it’s a solid achievement value.

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