Kia Stinger GT Wants Tesla Model S To Take It Seriously

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Make no mistake, the 2018 Kia Stinger GT is impressive release from an automaker that seemed destined for failure down the road in the US. It’s potent and boasts an intimidating design while retaining the elements that identify it immediately as a Kia.

But that’s the problem here. If the Stinger were to be less Kia, it would probably be better off. The badge that it wears dampens its massive potential, and that’s a crying shame because it’s a really impressive sports sedan.

And it’s also why it seems ludicrous for the Stinger to considered a proper rival to the Tesla Model S. However, that’s what’s happening at the moment. Kia hasn’t put it in clear terms that the Stinger would spawn an all-electric variant, but has dropped a big hint by saying that it is capable of adopting a zero-emissions powertrain.

Perhaps the Audi A6 rival would end up as a hybrid. That seems a more plausible outcome, but it’s still too early to rule anything out. For now, it would come with either a 3.3L biturbo V6 or a 2.0L turbo-four engine.