Kia sent my blog friend, Chelley from A is for Adelaide to cover the Stinger Experience in Boston and she totally killed it! Check out her experience below!
From start to finish the Stinger is truly an experience, making the Stinger experience a must for anyone who loves to drive.
JC, who introduced me to the Kia Stinger was correct when he relayed the creators and collaborators message that driving the Stinger was meant to be experienced.
Every time you get behind the wheel, expect enjoyment.
After a 20-minute introduction to both Kia, and more importantly, the Kia Stinger, our group of about 20 divided into smaller sections with experts on the Stinger specs. I learned everything you could possibly want to know, and still there were more questions.
Crucial to function, Stinger comes standard with 2.0L Twin Scroll Turbo 4-Cylinder Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine,8-speed automatic transmission, Brembo Brakes, Rack Mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS), Solar control glass, heated front seats and so much more… but it’s also designed for luxury and speed.
Going from 0 to 60 in just 4.7 seconds, the Kia Stinger reigned above its competitors. Also comparable in cornering and slalom, what the Kia Stinger came last in was price.
Sometimes coming in last place isn’t so bad.
After learning about the Stinger in a classroom setting and then setting our sights on the real deal from the inside out, it was time for real-world action. We headed over to the track where I meant Jeff, professional race car driver and professional driving instructor out in his home state of California.
Before I got into the Stinger, I first I hopped into the driver’s side of a comparable vehicle, a similar four-door 2018 luxury sports car. I drove it around the course, noticing how well it handled how quiet it was and how powerful it felt. Next up, I hopped into the driver side of a Stinger, adjusted it for comfort, and Jeff and I took a drive again around the same course. This time, right off the bat, I noticed how tight the car felt to the ground. Coming off the line even going through a little bit of water, it felt more powerful and I felt like I had more control over the vehicle. I took slow turns around the cones in the slalom a name to stay close on the corners before opening up and coming back into the pit where Jeff and I switched seats.
In the less than 3 minutes Jeff drove me around the course, I had my first experience with car sickness. It doesn’t matter how fast I’ve ever driven nothing compares to driving with a professional. From the straight course through the slalom and into cornering, there wasn’t a moment’s hesitation from gear to gear. The breaking was smooth the purr of the engine beautiful but not too loud, truly an enjoyable albeit slightly nauseating, experience.
On my way out from The Concourse I was given a Nifty box of swag sponsored by both Kia and PopSugar, and while not the highlight of the Kia experience it’s certainly full of some fantastic surprises!