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Power of 2018 Kia Stinger Earns It A Spot on Wards 10 Best Engines List

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2018 Kia Stinger GT2

When equipped with the power-defying, available 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, which is built from true gran turismo DNA, the all-new 2018 Kia Stinger earns a much-deserved spot on Wards 10 Best Engines List.

According to Kia, each new or renewed engine was reviewed for its noise characteristics, horsepower, torque, relative competitiveness, fuel economy, technology, and competitiveness.  A total of 32 powertrains were included in this year’s list, the 24th edition created by Wards editors.


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The 2018 Kia Stinger is available at five trim levels — base trim, Premium, GT, GT1, and GT2. The 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine comes standard on the GT, GT1, and GT2 trims. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the powertrain generates 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. The 2018 Kia Stinger GT, GT1, and GT2 trims earn an EPA-estimated rating of 19 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined.

“It’s no easy task to meet or beat the world’s best premium 6-cylinder engines,” says Drew Winter, Senior Content Director at WardsAuto. “The Kia Stinger GT’s twin-turbo V-6 bulldozed its way onto the 2018 Wards 10 Best Engines list with a potent mixture of refinement, value and thunderous torque that takes the Kia brand to a whole new level in the hierarchy of global automakers.”

The award-winning, intense powertrain of the 2018 Kia Stinger accelerates to 60 mph in approximately 4.7 seconds, according to Kia Media.

“This latest honor from WardsAuto reconfirms the Kia Stinger’s gran turismo credentials, which are the result of the superb work of our global engineering and performance development teams,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president product planning, KMA.  “The world-class 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 is the perfect motivator for the Stinger platform and ensures this car drives as good as it looks.”


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The 2018 Kia Stinger GT2 trim features advanced driver assist technologies including Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW) with Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW), Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS), Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC) with Stop and Go, Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), and Head Up Display (HUD).

  • Wojtek Warias

    It’s not a CVT its an 8-speed they make in house.