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Slicked-Up KIA Stinger Exceeds Expectations for Performance

When the all new KIA Stinger GT tore up a screaming drifting demo event at the Las Vegas SEMA car customizing show back in 2017, I mentally filed it away as just another vanilla sedan slicked-up for hot-dogging.

Already emerging, and to some extent eclipsing its popular S. Korean cousin Hyundai, in shedding a discount brand persona, KIA is building market share here in America. The Stinger adds a rakish performance edge to a line-up that has already found success in its funky KIA Soul.

The 2020 refresh of the KIA Stinger GT, with a special limited edition GTS, and the upper tier GT1 and GT2, zeros in on the demand for customizing, with variations from a 255 horsepower 2 liter 4 cylinder to a 365 horsepower 3.3 liter twin-turbo V6. A unicorn V8 is rumored but not likely.

Most significantly this $33,000 – $50,000 KIA Stinger is heavily influenced by the German sport sedan influences of Hyundai / KIA design boss Peter Schreyer. Inside and out the luxury feel and full tech complement are tempered by a ready-to-run posture that also serves as an excellent daily driver.