New v Used Performance treasure hunt
3342cc V6, DOHC, 34v, twin-turbo 272kW @ 6000rpm 510Nm @ 1300-4500rpm 1780kg 4.9sec (claimed) $59,990
E N G IN E 3983cc inline-6, DOHC, 24v, turbo POWER 325kW @ 6000rpm TORQUE 576Nm @ 2750rpm W E I G HT 1818kg 0 -1 00KM/H 4.89sec (tested) P R I C E $54,990 (new)
HILE the majority of the hype surrounding the Stinger has centred around it being a Ďreplacementí for the SS Commodore (of which you can read on page 52), in theory, itís more a spiritual alternative to the iconic Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo.
The Kia is powered by a twin-turbo V6, utilises an eightspeed automatic and has a badge that, apart from the Proceed GT, hasnít previously been tied to performance.
However, the XR6 Turbo Sprintís context lands it deep in racing and go-fast heritage. With the blown Barra and sixspeed ZF auto íbox, the final 550 Sprints were special.
So, itís ultimately a bit of a left-of-centre fight against new money and the old guard. However, both employ rearwheel drive dynamics and family-friendly practicality.
To say thereís been hype surrounding the Stinger GT is an understatement of epic proportions. Luckily, as we W found out with the 330S, the hype has substance. And with 272kW/510Nm, the Stinger isnít hanging about Ė our sub five-second quarter is proof of that. Yet, itís also a premium product and surprisingly refined. Yes, itís hampered by its steering, a lack of theatre (the optional exhaust should help) and its design is polarising, but itís worth considering.
As final hurrahs go, the Sprint was the best Ford could do with the remaining budget. However, with 325kW/576Nm on tap (or a mega 370kW/650Nm on overboost), the Sprint was, in reality, an undressed FPV. While the cabin showed the carís age and the dynamics were surpassed by the VFII, thereís no question the Sprint was a weapon. MOTOR readers also voted it the Peopleís Performance Car of 2016.
Ultimately, traditional Falcon/Commodore buyers could struggle to get past badge snobbery. Which is a shame because the Stinger is no pretender.
WITH such limited numbers (all XR6 Turbo Sprints were auto-only), prices of the Sprint are on the rise. Given that a rumoured 0-100km/h time of 4.5sec is supposedly possible, catching one could be harder than buyer one second hand.