Charl Bosch
Digital Motoring Reporter
1 minute read
27 Aug 2020
10:29 am

Rumours debunked: Facelift Kia Stinger’s technical details revealed

Charl Bosch

Range-topping GT keeps the 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 in spite of rumours suggesting the twin-blown 3.5 from the Genesis G80.

Facelift Kia Stinger

Confirming but also debunking speculative reports, the Stinger, in North America and South Korea at least, swaps the 190kW/353Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, which continues as the new entry-level powerunit, for the new 2.5 T-GDI Smartstream turbo used in the K5, but upgraded from 210 kW to 224 kW with torque remaining unchanged at 422 Nm.

At the range’s sharp-end, the GT keeps the twin-turbocharged 3.3-litre V6, albeit with power rising from 272 kW to 274 kW thanks to a new ECU and revised exhaust system. Torque remains unchanged at 510 Nm with the same applying to the eight-speed automatic gearbox, which is also the sole transmission available. Despite the availability of all-wheel-drive on some models as a cost option, it would appear that the 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine has been shelved not only in Korea, but also in Europe.

According to The Korean Car Blog, the domestic market Stinger will be priced from 38.5-million won (R548 032) to 46.3-million won (R658 549) without options, but won’t be returning to South Africa where only 28 examples of the GT was sold between July and September 2018.

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