“Fun” driving is hard to come by. When all is said and done, the number one reason most of us get behind a wheel, turn a key and shift into gear is to get from one location to another. Actual driving has become somewhat of a lost art. For many of us, enjoyment on the road is relegated to accelerating up the on ramp, and even then, our sensible cars rarely add to the thrill of pushing the pedal down.
Luckily, auto manufacturers have realized that people want to enjoy driving, that driving answers a deep need most of us have, to be in control of something that floods our system with adrenaline and pushes us back into a bolstered seat with speed and power. While muscle cars like the Chevrolet Camaro have been around for half a century, offering this thrill to the masses, the Kia Stinger challenges what drivers should expect in a fast car. It’s equally as luxurious as it is invigorating and has features that make it, dare we say, practical.
2018 Kia Stinger GT
2018 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS Coupe
|167 mph||Top speed (higher is better)||165 mph|
|4/5||Doors/seats (higher is better)||2/4|
|< 5 seconds||0-60 acceleration (lower is better)||< 5 seconds|
|114.4 inches||Wheelbase (higher is better)||110.7 inches|
|40.9 cubic feet||Maximum cargo (higher is better)||9.1 cubic feet|
|5 years/60,000 miles||Warranty||3 years/36,000 miles|
Both the 2018 Chevy Camaro and the 2018 Kia Stinger are reliable, well-built vehicles with an emphasis on performance. For Chevrolet, this reliability is grounded in their bold and storied history of performance automotive engineering. Drivers who buy a Camaro know what they’re going to get years before the new one comes out.
On the other hand, Kia has a sterling track record for quality and reliability, but is a newcomer to building exhilarating motor vehicles. This rookie status has allowed Kia to build something new altogether. The 2018 Kia Stinger isn’t a muscle car, it’s a luxury sports sedan.
This distinction means that the Stinger focuses its abundant energy on delivering an extravagantly comfortable and convenient ride for drivers and passengers in a very fast car. The difference between these modes is especially evident in the number of included features and the ride quality. The Stinger seeks to emphasize ride quality. A wheelbase almost 4” longer than that of the Camaro, gives the Stinger a more easy-going ride. Likewise, the Camaro’s chopped-down focus on speed inspired Chevrolet to include a conventional 6-speed manual transmission. On the other hand, the 2018 Kia Stinger aims for wider appeal with its 8-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and auto-manual.
You’ll still be able to hit those shift points with steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters, but can switch back to automatic when you’re on your way to work and not hitting corners on the track.
The 2018 Kia Stinger GT gives drivers a standard remote starting system, while this feature is a costly upgrade on the Camaro. All in all, the Stinger and the Camaro are very different vehicles. Both see 0-60 acceleration times of less than 5 seconds, and both feature a devilish track-ready style, but their similarities end there.
The Camaro is a classic muscle car that foregoes comfort and convenience amenities for a single-focus. The Stinger GT is a luxurious and comfortable four-door sedan with incredible performance under its hood. For more information on the 2018 Kia Stinger GT, or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!