Friday, August 28, 2020

The Kia Stinger Gets a New 304-Horsepower Turbocharged Engine for 2021


After showing off its refreshed exterior and interior design, Kia has now revealed powertrain details on the 2021 Stinger which includes a brand-new engine option.

When the Stinger first launched, it was only offered with a 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 and a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. Now, those two are joined by a third variant, and this one sits between the two existing gasoline engines.

So far announced exclusively for the Korean, U.S., and Mexican markets, the Smartstream 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine produces 304 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 422 Nm of torque from 1,650 to 4,000 rpm.

It’s the Goldilocks of the engine line-up compared to the V6’s stonking 373 horsepower, 510 Nm of torque, and the 2.0-liter’s 255 horsepower and 353 Nm of torque. These two are kept unchanged though the V6 now boasts of an Electronic Variable Exhaust Valve system which helps the Stinger produce more prominent, deeper exhaust notes in Sport mode.

All engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic.

Together with the new engine, the 2021 Stinger features refreshed aesthetics and a longer list of available equipment.

Outside, the 2021 Stinger’s signature tiger-nose grille is now sandwiched by new multi-faceted reflector LED headlights with LED daytime running lights. The new lamps appear darker. When lit, it has a new light signature with sharp slashes of light angled towards the front of the car.

At the back, it gets new rear combination lamps that now extend to the full width of the car, mimicking the shape of the spoiler integrated into the trunk lid. The turn signals, in particular, are made to mimic the appearance of a checkered flag. Higher trims of the Stinger also get a larger wide-bore silver exhaust muffler along with a performance-inspired rear diffuser. New wheel designs complete the changes.

Inside, the Stinger boasts of upgraded materials such as a steering wheel with a new metallic finish, a chrome bezel that surrounds the fully digital instrument cluster, a frameless rearview mirror, contrast stitching, and aluminum or carbon fiber style trim. The 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment is also upgraded along with a new mood lighting system. In select markets, it can also be optioned with ultra-soft diamond-quilted Nappa leather. Brown is exclusive to the Korean market, but Black, Red, or Beige is available for global markets. There’s also a new Saturn Black option which finishes the seats in black suede with contrasting red stitching in a ‘chain’ pattern, designed to mimic the links in a watch strap.

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