The Kia Stinger has the performance chops to meet its goal of taking on the luxury sport sedan market, at least in some trims. The base engine is a turbocharged four-cylinder with 255 horsepower, which may not provide the thrill of power, but will be far thriftier and allow Stinger buyers to access some of the more luxurious features while sipping gas at a much slower rate. Stinger GT models get a more powerful 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that can sling the sedan to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. The eight-speed automatic gearbox will shift quickly in sport mode, but it isn't as fast as a dual clutch and it gets confused sometimes when using the paddle shifters. All-wheel drive is available as an option on all models, but the standard configuration is rear-wheel drive.
The Stinger's other weapon is its chassis, which was developed by a former chief engineer from BMW's M performance division. The Stinger handles very nicely in quick-changing corners that require weight to be transferred from one side of the suspension to the other, as the car is well balanced. It's a lot of fun on the back roads, and Stinger owners will want to make more countryside excursions. However, it's not quite up to track day duties, no matter what Kia says.
While the Stinger GT does get excellent rubber in the form of Michelin Pilot Sport tires, they aren't wide enough to really make use of that extra grip. Additionally, the suspension is still prone to body roll that can be disconcerting if taking to the race track. With that in mind, the Kia Stinger GT is really more of a grand tourer (as the name implies), than a sports car.