2018 Kia Stinger GT vs BMW 6 Series M Sport vs Porsche Panamera V6

August 23rd, 2018 by

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What exactly makes the 2018 Kia Stinger such an exciting vehicle? Sure, it delivers high performance and exceptional comfort, but can it go up against its German competitors? We’ve put together a comparison video between the 2018 Kia Stinger, the BMW 640i, and the Porsche Panamera V6. Testing was performed by an independent company named AMCI Testing, and it included four different driving tests – 0-60 acceleration test, cornering g-force test, Slalom, and a closed-course lap performance. Let’s see if this is a fair race between the three vehicles.

Now before we begin, let’s go over the engines equipped in these three vehicles. The 2018 Kia Stinger GT has a twin turbo 3.3-liter V6 engine that outputs 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. The BMW 640i Gran Coupe M Sport comes with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder inline engine that produces 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. Lastly, the Porsche Panamera V6 includes a 3.0-liter V6 engine that delivers 330 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque.

0-60 Acceleration

The first assessment examined how fast each of the three vehicles could hit 60 mph. According to the driver, this was a “clear win for the Stinger.” It reached a top speed of 168 mph and accelerated from 0-60 mph in an impressive 4.6 seconds. The Kia Stinger GT was faster than the Porsche Panamera which hit 0-60 in 5.14 seconds, and the BMW 640i Gran Coupe, which came in last at 5.18 seconds.

Cornering + G-force

Although the 2018 Kia Stinger GT is faster than the Porsche Panamera and BMW 640i, it wasn’t able to grip quite as well as its other two competitors. The Porsche Panamera had excellent balance when hitting those sharp corners, while the “energetic handling” of the Kia Stinger came in second place. Both performing better than the 2018 BMW 640i Gran Coupe M Sport. Keep in mind, unless the driver is traveling at very high speeds while cutting those corners, the difference between the Kia Stinger and Porsche Panamera isn’t significant enough to choose one over the other – both are incredibly fast.

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Slalom

In the Slalom test, it’s clear that once again the Kia Stinger and Porsche Panamera are neck-in-neck in handling and steering response. While the Kia Stinger was said to have a great combo of steering response, grip, and chassis control at a speed of 62.8 mph, the Porsche Panamera takes the win at 63.0 mph. Unfortunately, the BMW 640i Gran Coupe was less responsive at a rate of 59.6 mph.

Closed-Course Lap Performance

For the closed-course lap performance test, the Kia Stinger and Porsche Panamera are equals in braking and cornering traction with strong torque at a speed of 45.7 mph (Kia) and 45.86 mph (Porsche), respectively. Meanwhile, the BMW 640i had less of a grip in cornering, braking traction, and acceleration at a speed of 47.78 mph. So that’s another win for the Kia Stinger GT? I think so.

All-in-all, the numbers don’t lie – the BMW 640i Gran Coupe, unfortunately, lost in every test. However, when it did drop to the Porsche Panamera, it was by a small fraction. So the final verdict? Not only is the 2018 Kia Stinger GT half the price of its German competitors, but the Stinger GT laps just as fast as the Porsche Panamera and out-performs the BMW.

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