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17 August 2018

Aussies are tuning the Kia Stinger and the results are amazing

By James LisleJames Lisle

I’ve always wondered when this time would come. And here it is.

Argue all you want, but the 272kW/520Nm twin-turbo Kia Stinger is one of the most underrated cars on sale. It’s fast, sleek, has an engaging chassis and a damn good engine.

But, as always with turbocharged engines, there’s always a little ‘wiggle room’ once you play with its guts. HP-F in Melbourne has been doing such a thing, and with great results.

According to HP-F's dyno, the Stinger GT makes around 218rwkW on the dyno - about 19.8 per cent less than the official 272kW flywheel figure.

That figure might not sound incredibly impressive to LS-engine die-hards, but it's enough to push the Stinger from 0-100km/h in 4.9-seconds. An auto-equipped 6.2-litre SS-V Commodore does it in around 5.3.

When fitted with nothing more than a catback exhauast, cold air intakes, and a custom tune, that original 218rwKw figure explodes to 260rwkW - or about 311kW when converted back over.

That’s only 6kW shy of a brand-new BMW M3!

Packages for the Stinger are still fresh, but we contacted HP-F for some stats and pricing and were not disappointed.

A 'Stage 1' kit, which costs around $1500 consists of high-flow air filters, a custom ECU remap and a dyno run. That should make 330kW/570Nm (calculated).

The fully-fledged 'Stage 3' kit gives you a two HP-F cold-air intake systems, a dual 2.5" 'turbo back' exhaust system with high-flow cats, and a custom factory ECU remap. That one is around $5300 and should make 345kW/610Nm.

Would you save yourself some dosh and get a tuned Stinger instead of a six-digit BMW M3? Tell us in the comments below.