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I also might need to upgrade my camera.

Anyways, Torch is very right about the Stinger’s drive modes, it’s painfully slow in Eco and Comfort mode. Like, in Eco it feels like it has a three cylinder engine pulling it, in Comfort it feels like this same engine but without a turbocharger, and in Sport mode it is completely different!

It will struggle to let you pass above 3,000RPM when you’re in comfort; this power denial is welcomed because it makes you less eager to try and overtake slow traffic or maybe pull a stupid maneuver. In a sense it’s like a confirmation, you press the pedal and there’s nothing, as if the car is asking you to reconsider what you’re thinking. But in sport mode it barely goes below 2500RPM and the car feels sprightly and wanting to be The Kia That Could. However, there are two big issues with the modes, that is that the car won’t stay in the mode you turned it off on, it defaults in comfort and it’s an absolute pain in the ass. So is that the car will also default to the brightest cluster backlight setting, instead of staying where you put it. It’s also a bit annoying because if you want to go from, say, Smart to Sport, it takes at least four or five seconds, which is precious time when there’s a dick tailgating you.

I mean, it’s all down to throttle and gearbox computer tuning... which is why I wonder why Kia won’t sell this with a manual; with a manual gearbox the user chooses how aggressive they are and it’s a lot better than having to switch modes about, it would also solidify the Stinger in the performance Sedan area; a thing Kia has been trying to convince us this is for a while.

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