2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo on a Racetrack

2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo on a Racetrack

April 15, 2011

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I don't know why but I thought for sure this video of Kia Racing team driver Nic Jonsson driving the 2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo around the Palm Beach Raceway would be more exciting. Hm. Maybe it's just because I've been watching those LFA videos on Straightline too much. Where's the Stig when you need him?

Anyway, Jonsson says, "This car really feels like it belongs on a racetrack." He also gushes about the paddle shifters, chassis and the fact it doesn't have turbo lag. Considering the man races for Kia, take that for what it's worth. In our full test video of the Optima SX Turbo, we did note "some turbo lag and torque steer, but it's well-managed and not especially objectionable."

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor


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