The upgraded Stinger boasts a re-profiled exterior design and has been enhanced to improve cabin appearance and quality. The upgraded cabin, in particular, reaffirms the Stinger’s credentials as the consummate grand tourer and the flagship of Kia’s European line-up.
The exterior notably gains a more high-tech light signature, with a new rear combination lamp spanning the width of the car. This creates a distinctive new light signature, which mimics the shape of the subtle spoiler integrated into the boot lid. New rear indicators, each comprising of 10 individual LED units, are arranged in a grid pattern – a motorsport-inspired design – which reflects the appearance of a chequered flag.
A new design for the 19-inch alloy wheels is also introduced, with intricate, geometric designs which enhances the sporty, grand tourer nature of the car. ‘Electric Blue’ exterior paint is also introduced to the ’GT S’ for the first time.
Inside, the overall architecture of the cabin remains the same, but subtle visual, material, and textural enhancements create a more luxurious ambience. New additions include a metallic finish to sections of the flat-bottomed steering wheel and a chrome bezel around the instrument cluster. The rear-view mirror is now frameless, creating a classy, modern look and also has the benefit of enhancing rearward visibility. The dashboard features Kia’s upgraded 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system and is further accentuated by new gloss black trim. New mood lighting allows the driver to select from one of 64 colours to subtly alter the character of the cabin.
Available to pre-order now from Kia showrooms, the Stinger ‘GT S’ is priced from £42,595.
There is just one, high-specification version of the Stinger in the UK, powered by the tremendous 3.3-litre V6 T-GDi twin-turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine. Drive is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The 3.3-litre, 3,342cc twin-turbo V6 T-GDi is a member of the Lambda II range of engines and produces 361bhp at 6,000rpm and a huge 510Nm of torque starting at 1,300rpm and continuing uninterrupted until 4,500rpm.
The twin-turbo V6 makes Stinger the fastest-accelerating Kia ever. From standstill to 60mph takes just 4.7 seconds, and the top speed is 167mph where permitted. Yet the extensive testing regime to ensure durability and responsiveness has also helped efficiency: combined fuel consumption is 28.0mpg, while CO2 emissions are 229g/km.