The end of local vehicle manufacturing may
have spelt the end of the home-grown GT car. But that doesn t mean affordable Grand Touring muscle isn’t still within reach. On test is Ford s legendary Mustang GT Coupe,
with its stonking 5L V8 and Kia s newly released Stinger GT Sedan, and it s sizzling 3.3L Twin
Turbo-charged V6. And while the body styles differ, the pair
is closer on performance and price than you may expect. If the Mustang were automatic,
the pricing would be identical. Kia tells us that the Stinger GT will hit
triple digits in 4.9 seconds and cover the quarter mile in the low 13s. For Ford, those numbers are 4.8 seconds to
100, and when we last tested it, the 0 to 400m time of 13.79 seconds. To see how close each met its quarter-mile
claim, we handed the controls over to Luke for a timed run, who ran the pair with and
without launch control. Time to do a run in the Mustang. This car
s a manual, so it s going to be a little more challenging to get off the line. And obviously,
those gear shifts are going to cost me a little bit of time, in terms of terminal speed, but
it does have launch control. I reckon, as a driver, I can beat it though.
So, I’m going to do my best to get a nice smooth take off. So, here we go. Limit the
wheel-spin. Yes, I’ve done a pretty good job of that. I’m going to shift it about 6.5. It does feel fast. It feels like it s getting
on with it. Oh, 13.3. Managed to nail it. Well, let s see what sort of sting this Stinger
has in its tail. I’m going to engage launch control. It sits above two grand, I’m
going to dump the brake. Away we go. Wow, not too much spin, if any. Very effortless
launch, giving away plenty of tyre compared to the Mustang 255, as opposed to 275. Its just getting on with it. Look at this.
Look at the time. 12.8, can you believe that? That is unreal. The numbers don’t lie. And with a better ANCAP
safety rating and the practicality of four doors, the Kia Stinger is officially Australia
s quickest and cheapest GT champion.