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Old 01-07-2020, 11:38 AM   #1
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My daughter is now 15 months old which means we have been dealing with a rear facing car seat for a while. My wife and I both had 2 door cars (13 genesis coupe + 13 accord 2 door) and never felt like dealing with crawling in the back. So we drove our boring ass outlander everywhere. Long story short, we wanted a more practical and not boring car so we took our 2, 2 door cars and turned them into this:

2019 Kia Stinger GTS AWD


The GTS is a special edition (400 AWD versions nationwide) with Dawd (D = drift mode). Essentially, it has a locking dif and with all the traction control off it allows for drifting. I am yet to verify. I do not plan any major mods, wheels and tires, maybe a sway bar etcetera.

Expect this thread to feel more like a long term review than a super build. After having it for about weeks now I would say it checks all the important boxes. Car seat fits, easy in and out, very nice ride, handles quite well, and accelerates like you would expect 370hp AWD to. I have not tried launch mode yet (man I'm getting old).
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Old 01-07-2020, 04:30 PM   #2
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Congrats man. Beautiful car and such a game changer in the auto industry. Kia/Hyundai are killing it lately. Love that color too.
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Old 01-07-2020, 08:24 PM   #3
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Congrats! I just watched a review, seems like a great car. It has an M5 comp vibe about it, not sure why.

I am so out of touch with new cars I couldn't name you a car that Kia makes outside of the Soul.

Life comes full circle now that you're back in an AWD turbo taxi!

Also, once your new purchase has settled in, you owe that thing downpipes and a tune.

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Old 01-08-2020, 11:57 AM   #4
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Congrats man. Beautiful car and such a game changer in the auto industry. Kia/Hyundai are killing it lately. Love that color too.
Agree. With the genesis and now the stinger I heard the stigma "Its a kia/hyundai" from time to time. Anyone who has that opinion just hasn't spent any time in there modern cars.

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Congrats! I just watched a review, seems like a great car. It has an M5 comp vibe about it, not sure why.

I am so out of touch with new cars I couldn't name you a car that Kia makes outside of the Soul.

Life comes full circle now that you're back in an AWD turbo taxi!

Also, once your new purchase has settled in, you owe that thing downpipes and a tune.
My boss has the twin turbo v8 S6 and while it is certainly a level above the Stinger, I think the stinger has the same vibe. Plenty of power, fits the things you want comfortably, just not quite as fast and not quite as nice inside. I will say, new car shopping does not make me happy. Dealerships suck, they like to waste your time and play stupid games.

I will be resisting the mod bugs for warranty purposes. Part of how I justified the car was to have a warranty. (there are rumors the car runs 11s with simple mods though...)

While I dont really miss the Evo. This car is ofly similar even though its 800 lbs heavier. Sharp steering, good power, just more refined and less raw.
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Old 01-08-2020, 12:38 PM   #5
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that thing is just so damn cool. congrats on the purchase.
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Nice purchase!

I know the kia/hyundai dealer network is the biggest let down when it comes to the brand; it puts people off. So many years of selling budget **** now the sales people don't know how to sell to normal customers. Wife has an 11 2.0T sonata and it's been pretty decent. My uncle picked one of these up and sold his magnum for it and was pleasantly surprised.
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Old 01-09-2020, 02:03 PM   #7
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Nice purchase!

I know the kia/hyundai dealer network is the biggest let down when it comes to the brand; it puts people off. So many years of selling budget **** now the sales people don't know how to sell to normal customers. Wife has an 11 2.0T sonata and it's been pretty decent. My uncle picked one of these up and sold his magnum for it and was pleasantly surprised.
The first look we wanted to drive a 4cyl. I took 2 hrs before we went for a test drive. I got frustrated left and didn't come back, and stopped shopping for a while. They need to do better if they are going to sell 50k cars. You just can't match the product and and warranty.

On another note the GTS comes with 19" summer tires. I bought some 18" winter wheels/tires right after we bought the car. Turns out not all 18" wheels fit. JNC 026 wheels put their valve stem in the center of the wheel which does not work with this cars large calipers. So still no winter set-up.

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JNC 026 wheels put their valve stem in the center of the wheel which does not work with this cars large calipers.
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Old 01-10-2020, 03:40 PM   #9
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After shopping around there are a few companies doing this. I guess it's fine if your running large dia rims just not if it's tight to the caliper.
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I've seen a few of these and they are great representation of how a simple design that doesn't over do it can still look amazing today. Definitely a badass choice.
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Finally got my winter wheel tire set-up worked out. Wheels are XXR 560 18 x 8.5 with a 20 offset. They are pretty aggressive in the stinger world as the car does not have alot of room for tire in the front. 18s definitely look small on this car.






Now I am considering a summer/better looking wheel set-up. Probably in the 20x9, 9.5 range with a 275 wide tire. The stinger community has done an alright job making power out of these things, 500 ftlb of torque is pretty normal, but not alot of work to make them handle. To be expected with a 4000lb grand tourer, but i like wide tires. A 9.5" wheel in the front would be wider than vast majority people with aftermarket wheels.

That being said I'm considering making my own camber plates for the stock struts. Part of the reason you can't fit wide stups in the front is it hits the strut on the inboard side. Camber plates would provide increase clearance and some much need camber.
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How the hell had I not seen this. So ****ing rad
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