Honorary Muscle Car: Kia Stinger GT

If you own a Kia, chances are, you bought it for its reliability, affordability, and good fuel economy. These cars are just sensible. So, why the heck are we even talking about them on our performance driven magazine? Because the new Stinger GT S might be a great candidate as an honorary muscle car as we recently ran across video proof of it beating up on a Ford Mustang.

In a race at an unknown location, the Kia Stinger GT proves that it is faster than a Ford Mustang GT with a 5.0L V8 engine. That news should enough to make Ford take notice, after all, the Mustang is their flagship performance muscle car that’s made for chomping on the bumpers of Camaros and Hellcats, not bargain brand econo cars. The fact the Korean made Stinger GT walked their pedestaled Mustang is kind of embarrassing.

This test was carried out by an Australian based website, Motoring, and with their firsthand perspective, they suggest that the Kia’s secret is the twin-turbo V6 that can be found under the hood — they seem to believe that the engine actually deliverers a great deal more power and performance than officially released stats would lead consumers to believe.

Even at that, despite being comparatively small at 3.3-liters, the Kia’s V6 still puts out a respective 365-horsepower. The Mustang competitor puts out 404-horsepower with its 5.0-liter engine, and the cars are almost identically priced. Now, we know what you’re thinking, that the Kia Stinger GT might be light little compact car, but it’s certainly not — this particular Kia is on the hefty side with a curb weight of 4,100 pounds and the Mustang has a base curb weight of around 3,700 pounds.

So, is this more of a win for the Kia, or a loss for the Mustang?

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Elizabeth Puckett

Elizabeth is a seasoned writer and hardcore gearhead. She was born with motor oil in her blood and a passion for everything that goes fast.
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