2015 Kia K900: V8 Engine Feels Strong
October 27, 2014
In our recent performance testing update on our 2015 Kia K900, we listed the car's 0-60 mph acceleration time of 5.7 seconds (or 6.1 seconds with traction control on). In comparison to other European flagship sedans with V8 engines (typically turbocharged), the K900 could be viewed as being slow. For example, the last Audi A8 4.0T we tested rocketed to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds.
But in my experience, the K900 still feels plenty strong in real-world driving.
That listed acceleration time isn't fully indicative of the car's potential, either, as we encountered traction issues. Yet if you escape the test facility and just mat the gas for freeway entrance ramps or passing, 60 or 70 mph come very easily, as do extra-legal speeds if you keep the gas matted to pass that road-hogging RV. The V8 sounds nice, too, giving off a nice (but not too loud) growl as the revs rise. I don't see potential owners saying, "Gee, this thing is slow."
It's a similar story with the eight-speed automatic transmission. It doesn't upshift or downshift as quickly (particularly in manual mode) as the latest eight-speed autos in the Europeans. But again, is this really a significant drawback? I don't think so as it is smooth shifting and unobtrusive the rest of the time.
For a big, comfort-oriented luxury sedan, the K900's V8 is pretty ideal.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 3,982 miles