Can Kia’s Stinger GT Out-Sprint Ford’s Mustang GT?

We don’t know if the Kia Stinger really needs to prove that it’s able to hang with some big names over a standing 1/4 mile in order to call itself a real ‘GT’, but it doesn’t hurt either.

If you’re looking for an opponent, the V8-powered Ford Mustang GT might not be the first choice, despite sharing the same ‘Grand Tourer’ moniker with the Kia, but it is a regular at drag race events, so we guess it will do.

The Mustang’s V8 is massive with its 5.0-liter displacement, whereas the Kia comes with a 3.3-liter twin turbo V6. In Australia, which is where this drag race took place, the Mustang GT is good for 306 kW (410 HP) and 530 Nm (390 lb-ft) of torque.

Meanwhile, the Stinger’s V6 engine produces 272 kW (365 HP) and 510 Nm (376 lb-ft). So as you can see, on paper, it’s not as lopsided as some of you might have originally thought.

In fact, their zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) times are nearly identical, with the Mustang rated at 4.8 seconds and the Stinger at 4.9 seconds, so anything beyond that is likely to come down to grip, fast shifts and their overall power-to-weight ratios. Also, the Mustang had a manual transmission, so let’s go ahead and call that for what it is, a disadvantage.

In the end, expect a tight battle, with not that much between them over the 1/4 mile. The winner crossed the line in 12.83 seconds, with the runner-up in 13.32 seconds.


  • LJ

    Pointless comparison considering it’s an older model Mustang, with a manual transmission and a detuned (for Australia) V-8.

    Run it against an American Mustang GT with the full 460 horsepower and sub 12 sec quarter mile time, and it’s no contest.

    • brn

      Yea, but if you’re receiving kickbacks from the Kia promotional department, you overlook details like that.

  • Bo Hanan

    I would say they should have done the test with a newer higher horsepower Mustang. But if an extra 80HP is what it takes to beat it then there’s a problem.

    • eb110americana

      I think the main reason for the disparate HP gap is that the Kia is turbocharged, which has good area under the curve and can be brake-torqued to pre-spool the turbo. The NA 5.0 V8 is surely more responsive to sudden changes, but it’s hard to beat good turbo torque.

  • john1168

    Good comparison. But let’s not forget, this is the older Mustang. The new Mustang will undoubtedly beat the Stinger. I do like that Stinger!

  • Kias are mostly shit, but I tip my hat to this car.

  • Paul Webster

    Driver looks/sounds clueless. Yawn.

  • LeStori

    Presumably that is the Chicken Coup you are refering too. Peasant English at its best.

  • LJ

    Ok, I understand all that, but what’s the point of the article if it only pertains to Australia’s apparently extremely limited availability of these two cars?

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