Kia Stinger Tribute Edition Available Now
Back when the Kia Corp (then Kia Motors) announced that it was going to focus on GT models, there was a lot of eyebrow raising. Kia wasn’t known for GT sports cars. It was mostly sedans, hatchbacks, and SUVs. However, the automaker surprised the industry with the Kia Stinger, a sports car that drives as good as it looks. Really, the Kia Stinger set the bar for what a sports car should be. Sadly, it wouldn’t last. Once Kia shifted its resources to battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), it was clear the automaker was focusing on high-performance BEVs, like its fashionable Kia EV6. Before we say goodbye to the sports car that changed Kia forever, we’re getting a limited Kia Stinger Tribute Edition.
“While it may be the end of the road for Stinger, its legacy lives on through our innovative products, both current and forthcoming…A catalyst that set off Kia’s advancements in engineering and driving dynamics, the Stinger ultimately put the brand on the map among enthusiast drivers. Thanks to our learnings from the Stinger, we were able to develop adrenaline-inducing products like the EV6 GT – which recently won the 2023 World Performance Car of the Year award – so giving it a proper send off with this commemorative edition felt absolutely necessary.” – Steven Center, COO & EVP, Kia America
With only 440 units planned for the U.S. (1000 worldwide), the Stinger comes to an end in a glorious way. Built off of the 2023 Kia Stinger GT2, the power under the hood is a 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 able to generate 368 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. A new paint job is offered – consumers can choose either Ascot Green or newly available Steel Matte Gray, accented with black details, such as exhaust tips, Brembo brake calipers, side mirrors, and model-exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, the cabin comes with Terracotta Nappa leather-trimmed seats wearing a custom logo. The material extends to the steering wheel, door side trim, and door handles. A synthetic suede headliner and simulated carbon fiber interior trim also add some style. Remembering our test drive of the Kia Stinger, the interior felt like a spaceship. It was spacious, comfortable, and very high-tech.
Every unit of the Stinger Tribute Edition produced will also come with its own numbered door sill plate, marking its number in the production line. First introduced in 2019, over 65,000 Stinger sedans have been sold in the U.S., and we’re sad to see it go. It gave rise to the swept-back roofline so many new Kia models now wear, like the Kia K5 sports car that replaces the Kia Optima sedan. Arriving at dealership lots, consumers can get a jump on buying one of the last Kia Stinger sports car models before it disappears for good. With a starting MSRP of $53,390 (plus destination fee) for the Stinger Tribute Edition with rear-wheel drive (RWD), and $55,590 (plus destination fee) for the Stinger Tribute Edition with all-wheel drive (AWD), it’s a great deal for collectors and consumers alike.