Kia has updated its Stinger hero car flagship with design tweaks, safety upgrades and — best of all — a new factory developed bi-modal exhaust system.
One of the only complaints levelled at the Stinger since its arrival in 2017 has been the relatively restrained exhaust note, with owners until now having to spend $3300 to fit a third-party system.
However, the 3.3-litre twin turbo V6 engine is now paired with the new variable sports exhaust as standard, which not only enhances the Stinger’s soundtrack but also adds 2kW to now offer 274kW and an unchanged 510Nm.
The 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol remains unchanged with 182kW and 353Nm.
To match the new exhaust sound, the quad exhaust tips are now bigger, while other styling tweaks include a new rear LED combination tail light with a distinctive light signature extending the full width of the car, plus a turn signal using 10 LED units on each side mimicking a chequered flag.
Inside is a new 10.25-inch touch screen offering Bluetooth connections for multiple devices simultaneously, while the S models score a bigger 4.2-inch colour driver display.
Safety upgrades include Rear Cross Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist which monitors and brakes if need be to avoid traffic from either side of the vehicle when reversing.
Top grade models now get Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist which uses the Blind Spot Detection and Electronic Stability Control to prevent collisions with cars in adjacent lanes.
As in the new Kia Sorento, the Blind Spot View Monitor displays a camera view of the blind spots in the 7-inch instrument cluster when the indicator is turned on.
The changes haven’t come free, with prices rising $700-$2900 depending on the variant.
2021 KIA STINGER PRICING
- 200S – $53,090 drive-away
- GT-Line – $60,690 drive-away
- 330S – $56,890 drive-away
- GT – $66,690 drive-away