Kia Stinger GT Drag Races Audi S5 Sportback

Sports sedans are having a revival moment right now. What about slightly older models, are those still any good? Let’s look at a drag race between the Kia Stinger GT and the Audi S5 Sportback to find out.
Okay, neither of these cars are sedans, strictly speaking. But they come with decent sports engines and have the right number of doors… if you don’t count the one at the back. And there’s nothing wrong with wanting a four-door coupe instead of a boring-looking Audi S4, right?

This isn’t the first time the Stinger GT was compared to a German car. In fact, the Koreans practically benchmarked Audis and even the Porsche Panamera at the time. But it’s still a joy to see an S5 Sportback side-by-side with a Stinger GT and examine what makes them different.

The Kia has more muscle on its bones, wider hips, lots of decorative trim, and a front fascia with attitude. The Stinger GT has raced the Audi RS5 and got decimated, so viewers of the YouTube channel Sam CarLegion asked for a more reasonable Audi rival.

Let’s look at the specs and find out if that’s the case. In the metallic grey corner, we have the quattro champion powered by a single-turbo 3.0 TFSI V6 engine, offering 260kW (349 hp). Meanwhile, the Stinger GT is motivated by a 3.3-liter V6 with twin turbochargers, but it only produces a few extra ponies at 272kW (365 hp).

Both of them have AWD, but the Korean car claims to be a little heavier. Like any proud Audi owner, the S5 guy had some expensive-looking wheels fitted. The Stinger is also cosmetically enhanced, but such trinkets aren’t going to have an impact on the outcome of the race.

The first race is in Normal Mode, and the Kia demolishes the Audi. For the first race, both are in sportier settings, but the Korean car is still slightly faster. But after that, it’s all downhill, as the S5 begins to pull ahead every time, especially in the rolling races.

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