Can The Kia Stinger GT S Beat The Entry-Level Tesla Model S In A Straight Line?

We’ve already seen the range-topping P100D version of the Tesla Model S embarrassing exotic machinery on drag strips or on a straight piece of road, but we never really had the chance to see what the cheaper and less powerful versions can do against similarly powered ICE cars. Until now.

Top Gear took a Tesla Model S 75D and pitted it against a Kia Stinger GT S. The two cars are pretty closely matched when it comes to horsepower, but the electric car comes with 110lb-ft of torque more and, of course, all-wheel drive.

Still, the Stinger has more than a fighting chance, as it’s almost 200kg (440lbs) lighter.

Kia’s range-topping Stinger GT S is powered by a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 with 365hp and 376lb-ft of torque, paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear axle for an official 0-60mph (0-96km/h) sprint of 4.7 seconds.

The cheapest Model S, on the other hand, offers 362hp and 486lb-ft of torque that’s available from zero rpm thanks to switch-like nature of its dual electric motors. Tesla says that the 75D will complete the 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds, half a second quicker than the Kia.

So, on paper, the Tesla has the upper hand. Does this translate on real-world performance against the Kia? There’s only one way to find out.


  • Craig

    Close enough that I wouldn’t bet too much money on a typical street light to street light race. My 300C gets to 60 in 4.8 seconds. [according to many of the tests back in 2006] and I have beaten many supposedly quicker cars. There are just so many factors that come into play in a street race. What lane you’re in can make the difference.

    • Not really. It’s so much easier to be quick with an electric car, that ICE barely has any chance. Try it yourself.

      • Craig

        In a controlled environment – I agree. But the street is not a controlled environment.

        • Bash

          I totally agree with you.

        • TheBelltower

          Given that the S has AWD and instant torque, it’s likely quicker in any environment.

          • Andrewthecarguy

            Agreed. A better mtch would have been between the AWD Stinger and the 75D, but I think the Tesla would still win.

        • No, in any environment. Just try any electric car, and you will see what I mean. There is no lag, the only thing is your reaction rate.

          • Craig

            Have you ever driven on a street?

          • Daily, both ICE and electric. Do you?

          • Craig

            I guess the streets you drive on never have oil or leaves or rocks or ruts or anything else. Sound like a great place!

          • Andrewthecarguy

            … until the electric car’s battery gets too hot …

          • So funny… until the ICE catches fire! You know that modern electric cars have battery cooling/heating system?

          • Andrewthecarguy

            Alright, you win. SMH

          • Mike anonymous

            Don’t ICEvehicles also have cooling/heating systems?.

            (In My opinion) All it really comes down to I the level of quality and care that goes into making either and ICE or a Battery (as not all ICE’s are powered by gasoline (99.9% are though), and not all EV’s are Powered by batteries.).

            When comparing ICEV’s to EV’s, you should compare the battery (of EVs), to the fuel tank (of ICEVs) (, not to say you weren’t).

            Where the real performance comes from is the drivetrain, the engine, or in the case of EV’s the electrically powered motor. Then it should come down to the intention, quality, and purpose of that motor/engine. EV’s may have the ‘instant torque advantage’, but just like ICEvehicles,.. not all are built equally, and not all are built with the intent to be fast.

            There are a lot of factors that go into how a vehicle performs, (the environment it preforms in, included,) and the change of a single factor (the tires, the weather, the build quality, and it’s intent) could mean the difference between (in some cases death & life, and in this case) winning and loosing.

      • Sergey Melnik

        Race from a roll and the tesla will lose

        • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen


  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    I’d rather have the Kia. They’ve been successful in building cars for a profit over the last 74 years.

    • DR.FUNK


      • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

        Crickets? Just like what goes on in Elon’s head when he’s off his face on prescription medicine.

        • Sergey Melnik

          Elon is overrated. Go watch his interview with Joe Rogan where he fake smokes some weed. What a boring cringey interview.

    • Sergey Melnik

      And why does no one ever race their precious teslas from a roll? The stinger would beat it from a 40 or 50 roll.

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

        CarWow does it all the time, and the Tesla usually wins.

        The Stinger would still be beaten, and I love the Stinger.

  • Blade t

    No surprise in the outcome

  • Jacob Park

    silly… Any electric car has instant on torque and a BUNCH OF WEIGHT down low which aids in traction, it’s obvious who would win… I’d love to see a comparison around a nice curvy track though.

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