New spec Kia Stinger makes it better than ever
Updated for the European market, is this the best-spec Stinger?
Kia has freshly announced an all-new specification for the ever-popular fastback sports saloon, the Stinger. The South Korean brand's high-performance saloon has been updated to further-enhance its 'turismo' character - making it better than ever.
As underdogs go, the Stinger's a top contender
Under the bonnet - The fastest Kia ever sold in Europe
This newly-refreshed Stinger comes with the potent 3.3-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) V6 engine engine. Most customers have previously spec'd this engine over the past three years of production because, well, it's an absolute corker.
Offered exclusively with this engine, owners can expect silky-smooth transmission thanks to the eight-speed auto box which makes for effortless wafting along the road and savage firepower when desired. Peak power delivery is 370 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 510 Nm of torque across a wide range of engine speeds from 1,300 to 4,500 rpm. If that wasn't enough to warm your cockles, the Stinger reaches 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds.
Subtle exterior updates help to differentiate the new Stinger from the old model
“The Stinger is standard-bearer for the Kia brand in Europe and remains our most driver-focused car, capable of covering great distances in comfort and style,” said Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer for Kia Motors Europe. “The upgraded model builds on the Stinger’s well-established grand touring ethos, with a renewed sense of design flair, new technologies, and greater usability enhancing its appeal for buyers in Europe.”
Kia has given the Stinger a light refresh to improve both appearance and quality inside and out.
Up front, a new set of multifaceted LED headlights, including daytime running LEDs have been added which give the car a bigger presence on the road. The rear lights have also changed, which span across the width of the back end - inspired by the chequered race flag.
New 19-inch aluminium alloys have been introduced - designed to enhance the Stinger's sporty, grand tourer appeal
You'd struggle to spot any obvious changes to the cabin at first glance. Subtle updates such as metallic finishes to sections of the steering wheel and a chrome bezel around the instrument cluster both help to add a sense of luxury to the inside of the car, as does a new frameless rear view mirror.
The dash and doors can now be finished in new contrast stitching, and an updated 10.25-inch infotainment screen has been included, which is finished with gloss black accents. If that wasn't enough, a 64-colour mood lighting system has been added, meaning you'll be able to cater for every possible mood.
Other spec includes Nappa leather upholster in black or red, along with an all-new suede pack and contrast red stitching on seatbelts
Renowned for safety, the new Stinger carries over the same Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) with a few updates and enhancements to make the already-safe Stinger even safer.
No pricing has been released yet, but the current 3.3-litre Stinger GT S starts at £41,145, so we can expect a slightly higher premium for this new facelifted model.