This is an overview of the all new Kia Stinger 2021 facelift.
The biggest news is the introduction of a new turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine exclusively for the North American market. It’s a 2.5-liter unit benefitting from direct-injection and produces 300 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and a peak torque of 311 pound-feet (422 Newton-meters) from 1,650 rpm.
Step up to the twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 of the Stinger GT and you’ll be rewarded with slightly more power than before. The engine itself has been carried over, but there’s a new electronic variable exhaust valve system unlocking an additional 3 hp for a grand total of 368 hp accessible at 6,000 rpm. Torque remains unchanged, at 376 lb-ft (510 Nm), available from 1,300 rpm. The six-cylinder mill provides a more aggressive soundtrack courtesy of a small butterfly valve in the exhaust that opens when the car is in the Sport driving mode. Switch to Eco or Comfort and the exhaust note is quieter.
The 2021 Stinger is keeping the entry-level 2.0-liter engine with 251 hp at 6,200 rpm and 260 lb-ft (353 Nm) from 1,400 rpm. Regardless of the engine you go for, all three are connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission to emphasize the vehicle’s GT nature.