Have you ever heard someone talk negatively about a bee sting, or how they got "stung" by something? Not only is the successful international pop star Sting proof that "sting" can have a positive connotation, Kia's first-ever sports car the 2018 Stinger will reinvent what it means to "get stung"! This GT car with racetrack-worthy performance and a roomy interior, plus available all-wheel drive is ready to handle any driving situation. On the other hand, the 2018 Lexus IS 350 F Sport will need a little help to keep up with the Stinger, both on the racetrack, and off-road. While both of these vehicles come in rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) versions, the 2018 Stinger GT1 comes with 365 horsepower and 376 lb.-ft. of torque, easily topping the performance of the 2018 Lexus 350's 311 HP and 277 lb.-ft. of torque. And then there's the advantage the 2018 Stinger has in top-line speed, with a street-clearing 167 MPH. The Lexus IS 350 tops out at an inferior 142 MPH.
We'll get to other advantages of the 2018 Stinger, but here's a big one: The tentative MSRP for the Stinger GT1 trim (near the top of the line) will be around $43,500, though this price will be finalized closer to the Stinger's arrival on lots around December 2017. On the other hand, the 2018 Lexus IS 350 will run you around $44,500 MSRP.
2018 Kia Stinger V6 GT1
2018 Lexus IS 350 F Sport
|Starts at $43,500 MSRP (price not final)||Price||Starts around $44,500 MSRP|
|167||Top Speed (MPH)||142|
|4.7||0-60 MPH Acceleration (seconds)||5.6 or 5.7|
|3.3-liter twin-turbo V6||Engine Specs||3.5-liter V6|
|8-speed automatic||Transmission||6- or 8-speed automatic|
|19||Wheel Size (inches)||18|
|93.8||Passenger Room (cubic feet)||90.2|
|23.3 / 40.9||Cargo Room: Rear Seats Up / Down (cubic feet)||10.8|
|Yes||EyesOn Design Award at 2017 NAIAS?||No|
We've seen the advantages the 2018 Kia Stinger has in power and price, now let's look at acceleration. 2018 Stinger V6 engine trims like the GT1 all accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in 4.7 seconds, while the 2018 Lexus IS 350 lags behind at 5.6 (RWD) or 5.7 seconds (AWD). If they were competing in a football game the Stinger would be catching a pass over the IS 350 for a long touchdown, and if it were a track meet, the Stinger would have all the medals. Half a second matters, whether you're racing against time, or an opponent. So does space, and the 2018 Stinger has a roomy 93.8 cubic feet of passenger room and 23.3 cubic feet in its trunk, while the 2018 Lexus IS 350 has a smaller 90.2 cubic feet for passengers and 10.8 cubic feet in the trunk.
Bottom line, the 2018 Stinger is a faster, more spacious, more powerful and more affordable sports car and it's ready to tear up dealer lots like ours at Friendly Kia, 5819 US Highway 19 in New Port Richey, FL. We also serve the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg area, as well as Brooksville, Trinity, Tarpon Springs and Spring Hill. Please call us at (877) 544-6706 or visit us on the lot so we can set you up with a test drive once the Stinger is available on the lot. If you plan on purchasing a new or used car, please take advantage of our trade-in policy and our exclusive partnership with Kelley Blue Book KBB.com's Trade-In Marketplace/Buying Center.