Category Archives: Kia Stinger 3.3T 2018+

Float Like a Butterfly, Sting like a, Kia? – Performance Intercooler Kit R&D, Part 7 – Dyno Results

Kia has made their big splash in the automotive industry with the Stinger’s launch, and we wanted to make sure that we made ours right along with them. We’ve been looking for the perfect stone to chuck into this transcendental pond and we’ve finally found it, coincidentally in the shape of a massive intercooler. Since we’ve already reviewed the physical details of our new design in the last post, let’s dive right into the testing.

Dyno-mite

Cooling power is key for the intercooling system, especially once the boost gets turned … Continue Reading ››

Float like a Butterfly, Sting like a Kia? – Performance Intercooler R&D, Part 6 – Blow-Off Valve Adapter

Kia is just the latest manufacturer to add the symphony turbocharging to their line of vehicles with the whirring and hissing duo attached to the Lambda II GDI engine powering the 2018+ Stinger GT. With the addition of these mechanical snails to Kia’s repertoire, it’s not much of a surprise that enthusiasts want to crank up the boost. And while it’s imperative to improve the capacity of the intercooling system when tuning the Stinger, it’s just as important to ensure it can handle the extra PSI. Specifically, the recirculation valve system needs to be up to snuff.

Float Like a Butterfly, Sting like a Kia? – Performance Intercooler Kit R&D, Part 5 – Piping Production Sample

Unfortunately for us, Bluetooth intercooling hasn’t been invented yet. So when it came to updating and rerouting the intercooler's end tanks, we still needed a physical channel for the charged air to pass through. Put simply, it's not just the intercooler getting the overhaul, it's the entire system. This means more work for us, but you get to reap the benefits.

Kia’s engineers already equipped the Stinger GT with one of the most robust intercooler piping systems that we’ve … Continue Reading ››

Float Like a Butterfly, Sting like a Kia? – Performance Intercooler Kit R&D, Part 4 – Intercooler Production Sample

The splash has been made, and those ripples have finally made their way to shore. The proverbial pond that is the auto industry is a big one, but it’s now time to see the end result of our big plans for the Stinger GT’s intercooler upgrade.

There are a few aspects that the Stinger came up short on when it was released into the wild, and we saw the intercooler being a weak link. Given its design, it wouldn’t be able to keep intake air temperatures at an appropriate level after some thrashing and … Continue Reading ››

Lasting Impression – Direct-Fit Catch Can R&D, Part 2 – Production Sample and Test Results

First impressions can be fleeting, especially in the automotive world. Once the buzz around the Stinger finally dies down and they start patrolling the commuter routes, owners might find themselves wondering what to do so their cushy Korean cruiser maintains the status quo it launched with not too long ago. Well, there’s an easy answer. In our last post, we gave you a look at our plan for making the Stinger GT’s first impression last, but we’re back to show you just how well it works.