Kia Stinger's Engine Makes Wards 10-Best Engines List

2018 Kia Stinger Engine

Driving enthusiasts and automotive aficionados like to look at the Wards 10 Best Engines List to discover the latest breakthrough in engineering. Perhaps that’s why it is such a big deal that the 2018 Kia Stinger GT has made its first appearance on the list. Fast and efficient, the Stinger GT sped by some big names to come out a winner.

The evaluation team at WardsAuto looked at engineering, fuel efficiency, and speedy capability. They factored in the engine’s sound. Engine prowess was measured against other cars in the same class. While the judges couldn’t spend 100,000 miles behind the wheel like Kia engineers did to perfect the Stinger’s engine, they spent considerable time and effort to determine that it belonged on the 10 Best Engines List. WardsAuto looked at 32 competitive engines to determine the final ten. The Stinger had to stand up to many competitors including the BMW 440i and Audi S5 Sportback

The first requirement was, of course, power outlay. A GT engine delivers 365 horsepower and 376 lb.-ft. of torque. That thrust starts at a mere 1,350 rpm. Launch control helps the car utilize its power wisely from a standstill. With this whiplash-inducing torque, as the judges called it, drivers can rush from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. The Porsche Panamera, a better-known competitor, could only claim a 5.4 second time. Although you’d need to save it for the track, Stingers are capable of reaching speeds up to 167 mph.

Four round exhaust pipes are placed in a 2/2 configuration at either end of the car’s tail. These are more than just for show. A healthy note issues during a hard throttle.

This V8-like bellow is particularly satisfying because it isn’t an eight-cylinder engine. This Lambda II unit is a twin-turbo V6. Squeezing power from every drop of fuel, dual turbines demonstrate what modern engineering can do. There are 32 valves with four valves per cylinder in the engine’s double-overhead camshafts.

Fuel efficiency is naturally better with V6 rather than V8 technology. KIA goes further by adding stop-start. This system cuts the throttle at a redlight during long stops. When the driver lifts a foot from the brake, the car takes that as a signal and reignites the engine. By the time you touch the pedal, the Stinger is ready for take off. Adding to the car’s efficiency IQ, an eight-speed automatic transmission regulates its gear shifts. This precision instrument makes sure that the power outlay is managed for maximum performance.

Although it may not have factored in the judges’ decisions, aerodynamics played a part in the KIA Stinger’s development. Every aspect was considered for its ability to contribute to the whole. The side mirrors were designed for the least wind resistance. Sculpted lines provide aerodynamic flow. A raked windshield allows air to pass over with less pushback.

The Stinger GT comes in three models. An electronic limited slip differential helps the GT2 maximize momentum when rival cars may be slowing down. With this device to regulate wheelspin, the Stinger GT isn’t’ forced to reduce throttle to maintain stability.

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