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Kia Stinger Experience

Anybody going? I'll be at the Phoenix one on Sunday the 22nd 9am. Hopefully it's a fun event and not too lame >:D
I have a Sportage SX and a Focus RS, I guess the Stinger is about half way between the two. Will see how well it splits the difference.
 

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"I have a Sportage SX and a Focus RS, I guess the Stinger is about half way between the two.
Will see how well it splits the difference."

What do you mean by the Stinger is about half way between the two?
A regular Stinger is 2.0 turbo @255 hp
A Stinger GT (same as GT1 and GT2) 3.3 twin turbo @365 hp

The GT will blow your doors off!!

Unless you have something extra under the hood.
 

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GT is also a couple hundred pounds heavier than the RS, has a slushbox automatic, the AWD is I'm assuming just a Haldex system, and I've heard the steering is kind of vague without much feedback. That's why I'm calling it half way between the two, but I'm sure it will be a fun car to drive.
 

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Gotta say I was pretty impressed with the GT2. It was definitely pretty quick in the straight line and felt pretty good on the autocross course they had set up. I wish it was available with a manual or a dual clutch automatic but for a slush box the 8-speed did feel pretty good in sport mode.
Money being no object I would have bought the Stinger GT2 over the BMW 640i M sport that I also drove around the track that had about a $90k sticker.
 

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Just took delivery of a red 2018 Stinger GT1 with the Advanced Driver Assistance package. Car looks and feels great. It is a great straight line performer and handles well. I'm happy with the steering. Drove home 80 miles on a two lane state road (max speed 65mph) and got over 29mpg. This was my 7th Korean car in since 2013, a mix of sedans and SUV's. Looking forward to the next 36 months.
 
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