2018 Kia Stinger & Kia Stinger GT V6 TECH REVIEW (1 of 2)

I know I know I’m excited too I mean we’ve been building this up right not me but key has been building this up for over a year now really if you think about it since 2011 and finally we are ready to have a tech review of the 2018 Kia stair but you know what in the immortal words of Chevvy chase it’s all ball bearings these days well it’s all vents these days and this this kind of gives you a hint vice of what is about to come this vent here this vent here as well as two vents underneath the Aero panel that stretches the entire car are all functional and the idea is to route air through here to cool the brakes to have exhaust of that air here so all the heated air from the brakes comes out here and then the ducts underneath the car run the air over the engine to further cool the engine now I know about you but you and I have never seen a Kia that has done that ever before so with that a tech review now that we got that out of the way let’s focus on what those ducks underneath the car actually cooling and that’s one of two engines that are on offer the first is a 2-liter four-cylinder direct-injected turbocharged gasoline engine that’s good for 255 horsepower comes in at a relatively aggressive 6,200 rpm the torque is 260 comes in at 1,400 rpm stays flat all the way up to 4000 rpm then there’s the engine that you and I are more excited about and it’s the one we’ve already driven before in that Genesis g80 sport it’s a 3.3 liter twin turbo v6 good for 365 horsepower comes in at 6000 RPM and 376 pounds of torque comes in at 1300 rpm stays flat all up to 4500 rpm you can have any transmission you want as long as it’s an 8-speed automatic that is designed and built by Hyundai Motor Group now this can send the power either to the rear wheels as God intended or all four in the case of an all-wheel drive system 80% of the torque in like normal mode is sent to the rear wheels but then the system depending on traction can send up to 50 percent of the torque to the front wheels now believe it or not I would argue the interior is more successful than the exterior as well as some of the hardware underneath and I realize I’m letting a lot of design nerd fall out here and it’s a whole function of the way they’ve put this together the design themes of this wide dash with the combination of some pageantry and what I mean by pageantry is details like these vents it’s front and center like they take more prominence than a screen or some of the UX that we’ve seen very well from other Kia’s and Hyundai’s but here they’ve wrapped it into a new paradigm like the satin finish that literally is part of this horizontal line that runs the width of the dash that adds this very clean look now all is not perfect in Camelot and yes I am a design nerd so I would expect a very prominent design detail like this to be repeated throughout the interior like for example there is this large dash top that accentuates the width of the interior and if you go out to the outboard vent it looks like it was designed in IKEA studio circa 1995 well what they should have done was taken this same pattern of the vent which is repeated back here made it bigger here and had this dash top terminate into the larger vent and it almost would be like a piece of jewelry that picks up the satin finished details on the interior which when you put it all together truly stunning the only things that I would nitpick is that vent as well as maybe so on the tactile feel of the top of the dash and the back of the seats but wait there’s some more design nerd needs to fall out here toggle switches I mean real title switches there’s like four of them and then that’s combined with a set and finished buttons here they’ve gone away from like the the temptation of having the unified controller which just adds it makes the whole thing more cohesive then as we move into the things that make these two cars go around corners there’s a lot to cover so Belton first and foremost McPherson struts up front linked in the rear then there’s the construction in which they’ve optimized to impact the driving dynamics and I know I’ve told you in other episodes that Hyundai which owns Kia is really a steel manufacturer masquerading as a car company so yes there’s an extensive use of high-strength steel which makes the car lighter and stronger but more importantly they connect all those bits at least most of it using structural adhesives then there are some specific differences between a four-cylinder and GT v6 let’s start with the Brinks in the case of the four-cylinder 12 point 6 inch diameter rotors in the front 12.4 in the rear in the case of the GT v6 13.8 in the front with four piston calipers and 13.4 in the rear with two piston calipers the wheels also change in a four-cylinder 18 inches and a GT v6 19 inches on top of that a GT v6 also adds variable steering gear ratio vented front and rear brakes as well as a limited slip differential we’ll talk about that last one in the full first driver view but let’s put the name rank and serial number of driving dynamics aside and focus on something you don’t really get by seeing this thing in video or in pictures and that’s the size not a small vehicle the wheelbase one hundred and fourteen point four inches the length one hundred and ninety point two as a basis of comparison that’s right about the same wheelbase as an Audi a7 and two inches longer wheelbase than a Lexus GS or in comparison to one of my favorite five-door cars von Deutschland almost 10 inches shorter and yes the design nerd details continue in the back the satin finish will wraps around the back of the console as well as contrasting stitching and they have to mention that’s a little smaller but they’re still back here not in design details but UX details there is a USB plug so you can plug in your phone and then this is where I would have the seat as a matter of fact that’s where I was sitting and there’s still room I would say in a long distance trip I’d ask myself to move the seat forward satin-finish details up here and then an armrest I believe that’s everything on the inside ok so while I’m being practical one more thing most sedans that you and I drive in this segment like an E Class it’s like 15 cubic feet of storage in the trunk here with the seats up 23 cubic feet with the seats down almost 40 cubic feet okay let’s say we’ve covered the engine we covered the interior we covered the driving dynamics there’s something we’re missing the weight that’s where it’s a cornucopia of numbers because there are different versions on offer four-cylinder two-wheel drive all wheel drive six-cylinder two-wheel drive all wheel drive the lightest version three thousand six hundred eleven pounds that’s a four-cylinder two-wheel drive make the power go to the front wheels on a four-cylinder it goes up to three thousand eight hundred twenty six pounds then move to this two-wheel drive 3792 pounds again power going to the front wheels as well four thousand twenty three pounds not exactly a light weight especially when you consider most of this 55 percent is constructed of high-strength steel now I’m going to leave you with those numbers as a cliffhanger until we reconvene in the full first drive review of this very car here which is a twin turbo v6 rear-wheel drive which come honest that’s the best derivation of the stinger but we’ll talk more about that in the whole first drive review in the interim I do want to leave you with a question and this is an unusual one do you remember that RF the mx-5 that we drove that me and Khun will completely fell in love with that colour very similar that color is called ceramic this is called I think cosmic or ceramic gray it’s not a great name the Koreans not good at the name for the colours so I’ve been debating with some of the folks at Kia and we think it should be called ceramic or wet cement that’s the one we all like the best wet cement so we are gonna turn this around to you because we could not agree amongst ourselves what do you think this color should be called and no it has a little metallic in it it’s not a flat gray it’s not like that Nardo gray that you see on the Audi’s that I know some of you guys has commented on Instagram about so let me know in the comments below or via our social media mode amenity don’t worry motorman TiVo or Facebook Twitter and Instagram and until I see you next time in the full first drive review of a car I am incredibly excited to drive bitch beta

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