This is the facelifted Kia Stinger that's coming to Europe
Oh no, we only get the V6. Boohoo…
We've already seen photos of the updated Kia Stinger, but so far we've only seen Korean-market versions. Today Kia's pulled the sheets off the European version.
It'll only be sold with the 3.3-litre turbo V6 – there was previously a four-cylinder petrol, but it wasn't as popular as the Audi S4-rivalling six pot. Power goes up from 366 to 370hp, and an unchanged-but-still-whopping 510Nm of torque is available from 1,300rpm. The updated Stinger will whisk you to 62mph in 4.9 seconds, so it's still the fastest accelerating Kia Europe's ever had. Fun fact. Power will go to all four wheels, unless you live in a right-hand-drive country, in which case it's rear-wheel drive.
It does actually look different…
Fancy new wheels
The most significant exterior difference over the old car is the inclusion of LED headlights and new daytime running lights. The turn indicators are made up of 10 LEDs in a cluster that's apparently going to look like a chequered flag, because racing.
New 19-inch alloys also feature, and very pretty they are too. Excitingly for lovers of green cars (that should be you), the Stinger will now be available in Ascot Green – though whether this will make it to UK shores is yet to be seen.
The back's pretty much unchanged - but it's still discreetly handsome
What else is new?
On the inside it's much the same, other than a bump up to 10.25 inches for the infotainment system, which comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It's a small change, but that's fine, because the Stinger's cabin already felt far more special than you'd expect from a Kia – as we found when we spent a week with one back when 2020 wasn't utter garbage.
You will also be able to get the Stinger with a bunch of updated driver assistance tech, including blind-spot monitoring. You'll also get lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control that can read traffic-signs and keep you legal (should you wish), and an automatic emergency braking system that will stop you more quickly if it detects a cyclist or pedestrian in the path of your Korean Grand Tourer.
We're not sure exactly how much the updated Stinger will cost, but the current V6 one will set you back £41,145.