With Holden calling the new 2018 Commodore VXR a “more than worthy” successor to the outgoing (V8-powered, rear-wheel drive) SS, seeing how it stacks up to something inherently sporty like the Kia Stinger GT should be very interesting.
Aussie buyers really love their sporty sedans, and the new Commodore VXR – which, as you know, is GM’s Australian version of the American Buick Regal (GS) and the European Opel Insignia, definitely has some big shoes to fill. The car in question is was a top-spec version, priced at $55,990 AUD, whereas the Stinger is a bit more expensive, at $59,990 AUD.
The Kia’s higher price tag is easily justifiable if you look at the two cars’ performance figures. While the all-wheel drive Commodore VXR uses a 3.6-liter V6 with 235 kW (315 HP) and 381 Nm (281 lb-ft) of torque, the rear-drive Stinger’s 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 churns out 272 kW (365 HP) and 510 Nm (376 lb-ft) of torque – quite a sizable difference.
Unsurprisingly, it’s the Stinger that has the upper hand when it comes to performance, not just in a straight line but in the corners as well. The VXR is less exciting to drive but at least it offers more room for rear seat passengers as well as superior boot space.
You can watch Motoring’s review of the two sports sedans and find out who wins this duel in the video that follows.