Sonoma Raceway - 2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0T
ARK DT-S Catback
CX Racing FMIC
CX Racing CAI with K&N Air Filter
Greddy Type-S BOV - Vent to Atmosphere
Continental ExtremeContact DW 225/45/18
28 psi front air pressure - Hot Read
1lb Lighter Wheels (x4)
2 gallon 100 Octane mixed with 2 gallon 91 Octane
Mustang GT vs Optima SX Turbo
1st run was real close. Then we decided to do a couple rolls. The 1st roll
I put the car into Manual Mode and it felt as if the car cut back on power
when I hit it. I'm really not sure what happened. We tried it again so I
just put the transmission in "D" and hoped for the best. Of course I was
going just a hair too fast and it wouldn't kick into 1st when I went WOT.
:lol: I can't win with this car. Oh well.
2015 Kia K900 Test Drive & Luxury Car Video Review
http://www.autobytel.com/kia/k900/2015/?id=32972 Kia has been building cars
for over 20 years now. And during that time the brand has grown their
line-up of cars. What started as extremely affordable econo-boxes has
bloomed into mid-sized cars offered at a great value; and now we have the
K900 which pushes the perception of what a luxury car can be. The 2015 Kia
K900 has a base price of $59,500.
If Kia is going to be selling a luxury car, then said car must look the
part. On the outside the K900 has a stylish signature grille, adaptive
front projector headlights, LED daytime running lights, and 19-inch wheels.
Out back the K900 looks like a BMW. It is hard to sell a luxury car to
luxury car buyers without a potent power plant under the hood. The 2015 Kia
K900 is powered by Hyundai's TAO 5.0 liter V-8 GDI engine that makes 420 horsepower and 376
lb-ft. of torque. Fuel economy is 15 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the
On the inside, Kia has tried really hard to get the luxury part right. The
seats are incredibly comfortable and covered in soft Nappa leather. All the
touch points, materials, and dash layout all give the K900 a very upscale
feel and look which is important in order to get the buyers looking for an
Audi or Lexus. Finally Kia offers a level of technology that is not readily
available at this price point which sets the car apart from the rest of the
luxury car player.
Kia says the buyer of the K900 is looking for style, technology, luxury,
and value. Brand perception is up and hopefully the K900 can make a
positive impact for Kia.
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2014 Kia Optima Turbo Test Drive Video Review
For a few years now, Kia has steadily been improving its line-up all the
way from the entry level compact car all the way to the top-of-the-line
Cadenza. The Optima is Kia's mid-sized sedan entry set to take on cars like
the Ford Taurus, Chrysler 200, Honda Accord, and Toyota Camry. The 2014 Kia
Optima has 2 engine choices, tons of options, and some seriously great
styling. The Optima has 5 different trim levels ranging in price from
$21,500 to $36,300.
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On the outside the Optima has some subtle styling compared to its sister
car the Hyundai Sonata. But make no mistake; in a segment where every car
looks like another, Kia does a nice job of separating the Optima from the
rest of the pack. The headlights look great as does the strong shoulder
line. The blacked-out room looks good on almost every paint color and out
back the Optima has neat taillights that blend the meeting of angles.
You have 2 options when it comes to engines. The base is a 2.4 liter
4-cylinder engine making 192 HP and 181 lb-ft of torque. The more exciting
engine which is on this car tested here is a 2.0 liter turbocharged GDi engine that makes 274 HP and 269
lb-ft. of torque. The transmission is a 6-speed automatic with fuel economy
numbers checking in at 20 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway.
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1988 Trans Am GTA vs 2012 Optima SX Turbo
I went out and tested just how lame my torque management is on this new
Kia. I have two really big problems. One is the delayed throttle response.
Even if I mash the gas on the 2nd honk it won't even be WOT yet by the 3rd
honk. Just rolls an inch or two in the meantime. So this makes your
consistency fly out the window.
Of course your natural reaction is to just stall the bitch up totally
eliminating the delayed throttle. WRONG. If the ECU senses any form of
engine stalling (brake Boosting) it
will cut Boost and turn your car
into a complete turd. We're talking over a full second difference.
Anyway here are my struggles while racing a 36,000 mile GTA with bumped
timing. Probably a mid-14 second car. As you can see it's extremely hard to
find that sweet spot.
2011 Kia Optima Turbo, On The Race Track
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Journalists testing performance at Palm Beach International Raceway at
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