Kia Stinger GT test report- convertible gran turismo

The Kia Stinger GT is an absolutely exceptional vehicle. With the price-performance ratio, the Gran Tourer makes it really difficult for the established competition. In addition, the 2019 model year has added a little extra and keeps the sports sedan fresh. You don’t even wonder why the V6 petrol engine is the first choice of Stinger customers. More about this in our video driving report.

Video driving report Kia Stinger GT

The Kia design leader with new options

The Kia from which all current models copy their design. The Stinger is the source of inspiration for all current models, especially seen on the Ceed. This is by no means bad, because even a few years after its official introduction, the Kia Stinger still looks fresh. Unmistakable and not as interchangeable as almost all of its competitors. Most of them only start at the price where the Kia Stinger GT is already fully equipped. The GT version already offers almost everything in series production. There are hardly any options, except for the paintwork or the sliding glass roof. What is new, however, is the possibility of having a coilover kit developed with KW Automotive installed. It brings the bodies 35 millimeters closer to the asphalt and is therefore something for the sporty locking point of customers.

Driving impression of the Kia Stinger GT

Because although it is the fastest Kia, the Kia Stinger GT is more suitable for touring. Fast tours, of course. The 3.3-liter V6 biturbo is understated, restrained like the Kia itself. No prolliger appearance, more sonorous, even, adult sound. So no ice cream parlor Prollo, but a true GT. The Kia Stinger GT is a little tighter than some of its competitors, but it makes up for that on long journeys with the comfortable seats. Ventilated, heated and, when the going gets tough, even hugging.

It is only really “aggressive” in Sport + mode, before that he remains cautious, just adult. Still extremely fast. The engineers have also thought of everything. With the new limited-slip differential, there is even more driving mood. Customers who spontaneously drive faster are encouraged to feel their way slowly when the road surface is wet. Because even in Comfort, a courageous push of the gas is enough. From slight understeer to fast oversteer, it’s just a short speed sprint.

Touring or sprinting

The systems are so sensitively coordinated that the Stinger GT can quickly pull itself straight again and jump forward. Or you can keep the drift a little longer. According to the present situation there is enough asphalt. Such gimmicks are of course more suitable for the racetrack. Which the Stinger GT really doesn’t fear. It was focused on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Text / Photos: Fabian Meßner