Kia Stinger GT AWD or RWD?

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Kia Stinger GT AWD or RWD?

Post by Ron Tsumura » Fri Dec 28, 2018 1:59 pm

I was considering a new car purchase and wanted to know if there are advantages to AWD vs. RWD. I believe this would be an F Street class vehicle.

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Re: Kia Stinger GT AWD or RWD?

Post by Mike Simanyi » Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:19 pm

Ron, are you asking specifically for competition use or just for street use? (I have no experience with the car and don't know any answers for you, but that could be useful info for someone else.)

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Re: Kia Stinger GT AWD or RWD?

Post by Steve Coe » Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:39 pm

you may want to ask these guys

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPD1joDOlLo&t=49s


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Re: Kia Stinger GT AWD or RWD?

Post by Ron Tsumura » Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:36 pm

I was gonna email KMho but decided to post instead. Not sure if the car would be a good choice to autocross either? Any opinions?

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Re: Kia Stinger GT AWD or RWD?

Post by Jacob Abrams » Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:22 pm

I can't imagine it would be all that competitive if in F street. At 4157 lb for the AWD 6 cylinder version you have nearly a 600lb disadvantage over say an E92 M3, and less power at the same time.

I think the RWD variant is quite a bit lighter, so it's probably about equal performance wise between the two.

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Re: Kia Stinger GT AWD or RWD?

Post by Gary Thomason » Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:44 pm

Ron, the Stinger GT is a great handling car for what it is: a rather on the large size GT sedan. The new Genesis G70 is a much shorter and lighter car that is based on the same platform and drivetrain. It's only just now being made available in the US though and is going to cost a little more. The Stinger I would suggest for road use in SoCal or autox is the one you saw in the video - the RWD with the LSD. Much lighter than the AWD version, and AWD provides no real benefit in dry weather racing over RWD, especially with the extra weight.

But the bad news is F-Street is ruled by Muscle cars like the Camaro SS 1LE, Mustang and E92 M3, and you're not going to keep up with any of those in a sedan - depending on who is driving of course. I don't see the Stinger classed anywhere, but F Street is my guess. The Wongs are moving the Camaro to another class, but still, there are better choices if you want to win in there at anything other than a local event.

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Re: Kia Stinger GT AWD or RWD?

Post by Gary Thomason » Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:47 pm

A great street car, BTW. Under 5 seconds to 60 in the RWD, and tons of room.
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Re: Kia Stinger GT AWD or RWD?

Post by Ron Tsumura » Sat Dec 29, 2018 10:01 am

Thanks! I will keep looking. Supra?

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Re: Kia Stinger GT AWD or RWD?

Post by Gary Thomason » Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:57 pm

Actually, the new Supra is very intriguing, IMO. About the same size as FRS. There are some first drives and basic dimensions/specs online and in the magazines. A completely different car than the Stinger of course since it is a 2-seat sports car and has more power. If that sounds good to you, you might just want to wait on that next purchase decision. Classing is a complete unknown at this point though. :think:
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Re: Kia Stinger GT AWD or RWD?

Post by Steve O'Blenes » Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:05 am

Ron,

If you do end up choosing a stinger or G70, I prefer the G70 by the way, let me know as I get a friends and family discount for Kia, Hyundai and Genesis cars so I may be able to save you some cash.
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Re: Kia Stinger GT AWD or RWD?

Post by Ron Tsumura » Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:22 am

Thanks for all your helpful input!

I am trying to nurse my daily drivers a little while longer...

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Re: Kia Stinger GT AWD or RWD?

Post by Earl Merz » Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:54 am

Ron,

My friend is a Durability Engineer at Hatci (Hyundai's testing arm of the corp.) and ran the testing on both the Stinger and G70. When I asked him about the cars before I bought my 1LE, he specifically told me to wait for the G70 and do RWD if I was going to do any sort of performance driving. He said that while the two are similar, the G70 is a better performer. Now mind you, this was back in late Dec'17/early Jan '18 so things could have changed in the parts spec. But Hyundai isn't one to change things drastically and with such great frequency as another automaker I recently worked at.
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