All posts by Nicholas Thomas

Lasting Impression – Direct Fit Catch Can Kit R&D, Part 1 – Concept and Design

And they’re off! In the proverbial footrace that is the luxury sports sedan market, there have always been a select few—mostly of the German variety—obvious front runners. While Kia/Hyundai has previously tried to place in this race, they’ve always seemed to fall short. They’ve typically fallen in line with the general commuter car vibe. That all changes with the Stinger GT. This new entry gives the KDMs a much-needed boost of energy to add some contention to the competition and a bit of clout to what others might have once considered a run-of-the-mill brand. Kia may have … Continue Reading ››

Float Like a Butterfly, Sting like a Kia – Performance Intercooler Kit R&D, Part 1 – Stock Review

It might be old news by now, but we’re all still getting acquainted with the fact that Kia, in tandem with Hyundai (who’s also bringing their posh baby cousin Genesis along for the ride), have established a much more respectable position in the automotive community. The launch of the Stinger GT helped Kia break out of its chrysalis state not as a run of the mill butterfly, but more like a mantis that’s snatching those fluttering insects out of the sky.

As we went over in … Continue Reading ››

Sting Operation – 2018 Kia Stinger Introduction

“That’s a Kia?” This is the question that I’m sure anyone who knows about the Stinger has heard about the Stinger. It’s the same question that we all asked when the first details trickled in about a heavy hitting road warrior because Kia, up until recently, has pretty much produced the literal definition of a car. Four wheels, usually four doors, and a means of putting the vehicle into motion to get from point A to point B. But times have changed. Now the unlikely underdog is nipping at the heels of highly revered luxury brands, and we … Continue Reading ››

Daditude – Performance Air Intake R&D, Part 4 – Dyno Results

A makeover is typically more about appearances. However, what’s the use of all those cool new clothes, and the dramatic spin in the barbershop chair, if the subject in question is going around with the same dull attitude? It might be better if the general demeaner can meet and compliment the modern new look. The case is the same as with the 2.0T Accord. It recently received a fresh new look, with plenty of new gadgets, but was still a little too much on the comfortable side for some. This is supposed to be the bad boy of … Continue Reading ››