Kia Stinger Filmed Drifting Its Twin Turbo V6 Heart Out

Kia is very confident that the Stinger will prove to be a rival to the very best from Europe and put the South Korean company on the map as a legitimate manufacturer of high-end, luxury automobiles.

What better way to show this than displaying just how capable the Stinger is at doing remarkable drifts and donuts?

That’s exactly what Kia did at a recent event for the rear-wheel drive sports saloon, taking a perfectly good car and destroying its rear tires with prolonged torture, much to the pleasure and thrill of onlookers.

Now, doing donuts is far from a legitimate way to determine how good a car is, and Kia still has to prove to the world that its offering is capable of providing driving thrills to match or exceed its more expensive rivals, something that is a very tall order indeed.

For now, we know that the range-topping model will have a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 delivering 265 hp and 376 lb-ft (494 Nm) of torque, allowing the sports sedan to hit 100 km/h in a very-respectable 4.9 seconds.


  • MikeofLA

    The available twin-turbo V6 engine offers over 360 horsepower, not the 265 you have listed here.

    • Kash

      I was getting ready to ask why they’re using an engine with only 265hp when the Cadenza uses a 3.3L V6 with 300hp.

    • john1168

      The 2.0 turbo 4 cyl makes 265hp I believe. The 265hp used in the article is a typo as the torque figure is correct. The author meant to say 365, not 265.

  • Matt

    I’m not a big Kia fan but willing to say this is a great concept for a halo model. I’m not sold on the weird tail-light extension around the rear quarter though, most obvious with white paint. The design doesn’t completely gel, but overall it’s Kia’s best effort to date.

    However the real proof of this car’s worth will be the way it drives and ‘feels’, not just the on-paper specs.

  • BlackPegasus

    Soccer moms can’t wait to do this at the mall.

  • fabri99

    I like it, but I fear this is too much of a big leap for Kia.

  • Infinite1

    Will have to see if Kia ever produces it.

    • john1168

      It’s already in production

      • Infinite1

        Thanks man. It’s good to know. The last article I read, Kia had it on hold but I haven’t looked into it after that

        • john1168

          No worries😃 It’s on sale now in S. Korea and there’s some YouTube videos on it. Some of the videos are in Korean but a few are in English. They also show a few more of the colors that will be available and you may notice the KIA badge is replaced by a sigma symbol. I don’t know where you live but it will be on sale in the US this fall. I’m not sure when it will be on sale in Europe and Australia but I would assume it to be about the same time. I sat in a pre-production version and it was pretty nice and roomy. I’m 6’4″. I didn’t sit in the back seat but there seemed to be plenty of room back there as well. It’s got a microsuede headliner which I thought was a nice touch and gives one an idea of how much effort went into the car as a whole.

    • bd

      Been on sale in Korea for over a month and will hit other markets (like Australia) later this year.

  • ctk4949

    Why does it sound so weird??

    • john1168

      That’s the S. Korean spec exhaust. I can’t say for other countries but the US version is supposed to have a more aggressive sounding exhaust.

  • john1168

    Can’t hear the engine but this is the S.Korean version. The US version is supposed to come with a more aggressive exhaust. I’m hoping for a dual mode exhaust system. I think this is going to be a great car.

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