There’s no question about it: Kia stole this year’s North American International Auto Show. Why? Because there’s nothing like a new sports sedan to get the collective automotive media’s gears turning. The 2018 Kia Stinger GT stunned all in attendance with striking looks and big performance promises.
And who better than to go for a walk through with than former General Motors executive, Bob Lutz?
Road & Track brought their guest columnist along for a discussion regarding the 2018 Stinger, and rightfully so. Lutz has had his hands in plenty of iconic performance vehicles such as the Dodge Viper, Pontiac G8, Saturn Sky and more.
Overall, Lutz is definitely a fan of what he sees, pointing to the overall profile of the vehicle as a winner, and calling out certain elements (such as the vertical air intakes) as real eye pleasers.
He also points out probably the biggest issue with the Stinger: its badge. Kia doesn’t quite have a history making performance vehicles, and the badge still conjures up pretty sour feelings for a lot of American buyers. But, Kia certainly hopes the Stinger will begin a renaissance for what Kia is capable of.