All posts by Nicholas Thomas

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 ››

Rad, White, and Blue – Performance Radiator R&D, Part 2 – Design Plans

We’ve all seen wildlife documentaries. David Attenborough delicately narrating as the mighty lion sits slumped in the savanna surrounded by potential prey, but he’s just too hot to move. The same scene can be witnessed in the sweltering tarmac savanna here on American soil with the C7. Plenty of open space to run, the other beasts scatter at the sound of the ‘Vette’s deafening roar, yet it sprawls out in the pit, panting and trying to catch its breath.

With a 650 hp supercharged V8, you could say that … Continue Reading ››