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Kia Reveals 2022 Kia Stinger

Kia Motors has been having some interesting releases as of late. The reveal of the automaker’s first all-electric vehicle with no precursor, the EV6, had an early preview last week, and multiple looks at the luxury sport sedan Kia K8 are starting to surface. It’s been a busy month for Kia Motors, and another reveal has already jumped into the spotlight. Teased earlier in March, the 2022 Kia Stinger has finally been revealed after its mid-cycle refresh.

New Power Output

We knew the base engine was getting a small upgrade. The 2022 Kia Stinger is available in GT-Line, GT1, and GT2 trims, plus a special edition Scorpion model set for release – release date TBD. The GT-Line is a part of the Kia Motors GT-Line, one of the many plans the automaker has launched alongside its electric vehicles (EVs) and purpose-built vehicles (PBVs). The GT-Line base trim gets a new 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine under the hood, able to generate 300 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. With rear-wheel drive (RWD) standard or all-wheel drive (AWD) with torque vectoring available, the fuel economy is estimated at 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway with RWD, a combined fuel economy of 24 mpg with AWD.

The rest of the lineup comes with a GT 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, able to generate 368 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque, available with the same drivetrain options, all trims also come with an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. A new electronic variable exhaust system enhances the sound of the Stinger as it revs up and takes off. The GT1 and GT2 trims have a fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway with RWD, and a combined 20 mpg fuel economy with AWD.

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2022 Kia Stinger Gets a New 300HP Turbo Engine

There has been talk about a mid-cycle refresh for the Kia Stinger sports car since last summer (August 2020). The mid-cycle refresh was destined for the 2021 model year, but it seems that Kia Motors held off for the 2022 model year, because the most recent news about the Kia Stinger is also introducing a new powertrain to the lineup and will be replacing one of the current options. No sense in releasing a less-powerful engine and then replacing it with a more powerful version halfway through the year – that’s just a quick way to get angry consumers feeling cheated. With this new 2.5-liter turbo engine, the new 2022 Kia Stinger should be worth the wait.

New Powertrain

Currently, the 2021 Kia Stinger is powered by one of two engine options. The standard engine, found only on the base GT-Line trim, is a Twin Scroll turbocharged 2.0-liter DOHC I4 engine, optimized with continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) for added performance, can generate up to 255 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The next engine up powering the rest of the GT trims – yes, all trims on the Kia Stinger are GT trims, but only the base is a part of the GT-Line collection – is a twin turbocharged 3.3-liter DOHC V6, also optimized with CVVT, able to deliver up to 365 horsepower 376 lb-ft of torque.

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Details on the 2021 Kia Stinger Mid-Cycle Refresh

When we first heard the Kia Stinger sports car was already getting a mid-cycle refresh, we were a little stunned. Thought to be the sports car of the decade, the Stinger was released in 2018, and not only does the Kia Stinger outperform the likes of the Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz CLS 550, but it’s also way more affordable. It was a very popular vehicle, winning many awards, and then kind of fell off the face of the world. We liked the Kia Stinger, loved it really, and we’re sure many others did, too. Maybe it was just missing a little something for the majority of the crowd, and Kia Motors looks to rectify that with a mid-cycle refresh, and we finally got all the details.

“The Stinger projects an air of elegance and comfort, and also great purpose, for long distance driving. The updated model builds on the svelte gran turismo design we introduced three years ago with modern flair and a subtle hint of aggression to enhance its on-road presence. The interior, too, has been enhanced, and the new design elements and technologies incorporated into the Stinger reconfirm its credentials as the consummate grand tourer.” – Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Global Design

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Kia Motors to Release Mid-Cycle Refresh for 2021 Kia Stinger

When the Kia Stinger sports car first came out, it truly seemed like the sports car of the decade. At the time, it was unheard of for Kia Motors to design a sports car, let alone a sports car with as much performance as the Kia Stinger. Reportedly able to surpass high-end and pricey sports car, the Kia Stinger GT is faster than the likes of Porsche Panamera, and more affordable! Having won many awards, the Kia Stinger was doing really well for itself. During the first round of deliveries, dealerships couldn’t keep units on the lot. Then suddenly, sales paused, and it wasn’t due to the current pandemic. Although only a few years old, the Kia Stinger may be set for a mid-cycle refresh in 2021.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Perhaps all those interested in a sports car from Kia Motors already purchased their Stinger – or, not enough sports car consumers thought the Kia Stinger delivered. The new motto by the automaker is to build “cars that drive as well as they look”. The Kia Stinger wowed consumers and media when it first arrived, catching the eye of anyone interested in high-performance. That feature, although able to outperform more expensive models, may still need a bit of a push, and that’s where the mid-cycle refresh comes in.

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