After revealing a refreshed design earlier this month, Kia has announced that its shapely 2021 Stinger is also getting a performance upgrade. Kia continues to surprise and delight with its fastback sports sedan.
Released for 2018 with a 365-horsepower twin-turbo V-6, the Stinger retains its top-spec 3.3-liter mill, which remains unchanged except for a new variable exhaust valve—in Sport mode—that improves the exhaust tone. The exhaust is quieter in Eco and Comfort modes.
The big news is the addition of a new 2.5-liter, direct-injection, turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant, exclusive to the North American market. The new generates 300 hp at 5800 rpm, as well as 311 lb-ft of torque. That’s a significant jump from the Stinger’s 255-hp turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder—which also remains an engine choice—and should make the Stinger a more attractive prospect for buyers unwilling to spring for the V-6 but underwhelmed by the base model. All three engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Updated technologies include enhanced safety and driver assist features (including a new blind-spot monitor and safe exit warning when the car is parked or stopped), a larger touchscreen infotainment system, and a voice-control system for many of the car’s features, such as heating and ventilation, audio, and navigation.
The updated, 2021 model-year Kia Stinger will go on sale in late 2020.