Kia Stinger's Engine Makes Wards 10-Best Engines List

2018 Kia Stinger Engine

Bringing luxury to more buyers may be what the Kia Stinger is best known for. Yet this upscale sedan is more than sum of its beautiful parts. It's also a true performer as evidenced by its inclusion on the Wards 10 Best Engines List.

The 2018 Kia Stinger GT demonstrates a penchant for performance. A twin-turbo V6 is at its heart. Horsepower is rated at 365. For fast acceleration even at slow speeds, the torque rate is 376 lb.-ft.starting at 1,350 rpm.

This high power outlay from a V6 is the biggest reason that WardsAuto recognized the engine on its 10 Best Engines List. Judges liked its whiplash inducing torque that is delivered just above idle. The evaluators praised its V8-like bellow at hard throttle. Stinger technology went up against 32 other engines to earn recognition as one of the best. Among its competitors, you'll find the Audi S5, BMW 440i and Porsche Panamera.

Launch control provides the right grip to give it the full benefit of its power outlay. It can handle the zero to 60 mph sprint in just 4.7 seconds, beating the Porsche Panamera by almost a second. The engine's top speed is 167 miles per hour. It was developed with more than 100,000 miles of on-road testing on many continents. Kia's twin-turbo V6 has double overhead camshafts with four valves per cylinder.

WardsAuto also took notice of the Kia's fuel efficiency. Particularly, the stop-start system for reducing fuel waste. At redlights, the engine cuts itself off and waits for you to lift your foot from the brake. It roars to life as you touch the accelerator, engaging the high torque rate for a quick take-off.

An eight-speed automatic transmission controls the action. On the GT2 edition, KIA adds an electronic limited slip differential. This permits greater traction controls with less use of throttle reduction. When other cars are reducing speed to handle tricky curves, the Stinger can maintain momentum.

Every exterior aspect has been considered for its ability to contribute to the success of the sedan's speed. A raked windshield is matched to a low slung cabin. With the sculpted hood and sides, there's a feeling of motion even when it's standing still. Aerodynamic mirrors reduce sound in the cabin. Four round exhaust pipes make a statement at departure. A long wheelbase contributes to the car's considerable stability and ample cabin space.

The Stinger’s speedy nature is translated into the cabin where there are ergonomic chairs with special contours to hug the body. Standard leather upholstery covers the driver's 12-way power-adjusting and front passenger's 8-way power-adjusting chairs. Among its interior color choices, there's a lush racecar red. The dash wears circular, spoked vents and a floating audio entertainment screen.

There's much to explore under the hood and in the cabin. The best research is definitely a test drive. Find your Stinger at Camelback Kia.

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