The new Kia Stinger was without a doubt one of the biggest, if not the biggest, debuts at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. As if being Kia’s most performance-oriented car to date wasn’t already enough, the sports sedan could reportedly get a more powerful engine under the hood, as well as an electric version to challenge the Tesla Model S.
The Stinger launches with a choice of a turbocharged, 2.0L four-cylinder engine that produces 255-hp or a twin-turbocharged, 3.3L V6 with 365-hp, as well as either a rear- or all-wheel drive configuration. According to British outlet Autocar, a more powerful version is being considered, one that packs around 400 horsepower.
A diesel-powered Stinger is also in the works and would likely use the same 2.2L turbodiesel that powers the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe. Just don’t expect it to be offered in North America.
How does a hybrid or plug-in hybrid version of the Stinger? Well, Kia may have both on the cards as well, with company overseas product marketing boss Spencer Cho telling Autocar:
“We can utilize the currently available hybrid and plug-in hybrid technology. Stinger will be able to benefit from those technologies.”
A fully electric version is a possibility, and it would be interesting to see how it stacks up against the Tesla Model S.
The Kia Stinger could shape up to be quite the car… What else can / should Kia throw at it?