The Kia Stinger GT is already a powerful car straight out of the factory. With a 272kW twin-turbo V6 and rear-wheel drive, it’s bound to be a lot of fun. This particular Kia Stinger GT belonged to a friend of ours. We were looking at the factory intake and were keen try our hand at a DIY upgrade to see how easy it would be to upgrade the air intake system with something much less restrictive. So that’s what we did.

We completed the job in 70 minutes, which isn’t bad for a job that you need not much more than basic hand tools and some common mechanical knowledge (and we mean common, not much is needed in terms of experience).

As you’ll hear at the end of the video, the K&N Typhoon Air Intake upgrade definitely gives the Kia Stinger GT a more distinctive sound. And after having a drive once the job was finished we also believe the engine was definitely a touch more responsive with improved pick up in the bottom end.

This kit is named 69-5318TS, and is made specifically for the Stinger GT. The system consists of a cold air intake system which features mandrel-bent aluminium intake tube for each side, a washable, reusable high-flow K&N air filter featuring oiled cotton filter media, and custom heat shield air box that helps to protect intake air from the high temperature of the engine bay. K&N states this system will see a 9.09 horsepower increase at 5249rpm.

The oversized, conical filter design allows you to go up to 100,000 miles between filter services under normal highway driving conditions, which means you don’t have to service the filters all that often. And when you do, all you will need is one of K&N’s air filter recharger kits and you can easily do the job at home in the comfort of your own garage.

Be sure to comment below if you’ve done any cool upgrades to your Kia Stinger GT. We’d love to hear about them!


Huge fan of long road trips. Love the cackle of a bent-eight first thing in the morning. And love a good flat white and eggs bene’ at my local café. Swing more towards European and Australian muscle more than American or Japanese, but I’m always willing to applaud anything that’s built with the driver in mind.