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2021 KIA K5 (Bye Optima)

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2021 KIA K5 (Bye Optima)

didn't see anyone talk about this here yesterday, so here you go if you are looking for the car that's in every korean drama recently Face With Tears Of Joy

- same platform as the new Sonata
- Base 1.6T I4 (180hp/195lb.ft) + 8AT + optional AWD
- GT model with 2.5T I4 (290hp/311lb.ft) +8DCT (not clear if this gets AWD tho the literature doesn't suggest so)
- usual (long) list of creature comforts and safety features on Hyundai/Kia products

Looks are always subjective, and feel free to drop your hot takes on Korean car reliability, but we can all agree it's good to see the sedan segment not only getting more fresh models, but also more performance variants in the mainstream!

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a3300 ... -revealed/

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Now, we mostly wait for the 96-month 0% offer. :)

Read about it on C/D yesterday. It seems Kia and Hyundai are offering sportier vehicles. I just wished they offer the same warranty coverage and length as they do in the US.
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it's a shame the Stinger appears to be a sales flop and likely won't be redesigned. Just another reality check for all the keyboard warriors crying for a sporty affordable attractive car. But hopefully it sets the tone and direction for their future products. Differentiating on performance in addition to value would serve Hyundai and Kia well as it has for Mazda.
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Goose12345 wrote: it's a shame the Stinger appears to be a sales flop and likely won't be redesigned. Just another reality check for all the keyboard warriors crying for a sporty affordable attractive car. But hopefully it sets the tone and direction for their future products. Differentiating on performance in addition to value would serve Hyundai and Kia well as it has for Mazda.
Agreed, imo the Stinger looks much better appearance wise than the K5. Though the K5 is much better visually than the Sonata's fish head front fascia. I still wouldn't drop ~$50k on a Hyundai/Kia product - they're still perceived as a value player.
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the front looks a terminator. I like that they didn't add a massive grill
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Goose12345 wrote: it's a shame the Stinger appears to be a sales flop and likely won't be redesigned. Just another reality check for all the keyboard warriors crying for a sporty affordable attractive car. But hopefully it sets the tone and direction for their future products. Differentiating on performance in addition to value would serve Hyundai and Kia well as it has for Mazda.
The Genesis G70 is a great option if you like what the Stinger had to offer.


For this K5, I really like the more aggressive looks. Just hoping the GT is offered in AWD.
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Korean DCT? No thanks LOL
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Trying to compete with the TLX isn't a good strategy.
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think they are avoiding that... if I intercept this correctly the 2.5T model is only FWD.. they'd save an AWD version for the facelifted G70 I assume which is more of a comparison to the TLX

the base 1.6T AWD would stack nicely with the Camry and Altima AWD, neither of which put AWD on their bigger engines prob for same reason.
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Goose12345 wrote: it's a shame the Stinger appears to be a sales flop and likely won't be redesigned. Just another reality check for all the keyboard warriors crying for a sporty affordable attractive car. But hopefully it sets the tone and direction for their future products. Differentiating on performance in addition to value would serve Hyundai and Kia well as it has for Mazda.
Its the problem of cost of building a good car and then a luxury equivalent can be had with a cheaper lease.

Looks the part but a shame that powerful engine isn't pair with AWD. Probably they don't want to kill the Stinger yet.
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is this also designed by former Audi employee?
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matrixfwd wrote: is this also designed by former Audi employee?
Not when it's this FUGLY!!!
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wow then i'm definitely jumping on this. it's like driving an Audi, but not quite. just have to figure out how to debadge all the markings.
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Goose12345 wrote: it's a shame the Stinger appears to be a sales flop and likely won't be redesigned. Just another reality check for all the keyboard warriors crying for a sporty affordable attractive car. But hopefully it sets the tone and direction for their future products. Differentiating on performance in addition to value would serve Hyundai and Kia well as it has for Mazda.
The stinger was affordable? Last I saw it's over 500 a month roughly.
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Wasn't it always called the K5? And only called Optima in certain markets? I swear I've seen current gen ones running around re-badged as K5s by enthusiastic (perhaps just Korean?) owners.

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