If you are in the market for an alternative to beefy European sports sedan or American muscle cars, the 2022 Kia Stinger Gran Tourer may be worthy your consideration. I may be biased as I have a thing for this Korean muscle car since it debuted as a 2018 model in 2017.
So, yeah, Kia’s halo sports sedan has gotten an update. Kia said the Kia Stinger Gran Tourer has a new exterior design for a more upscale appearance, but to be honest, you can’t really tell unless you look very closely. But who cares when it has a more powerful standard engine now.
Besides, the previous iteration does not look bad at all. It still has the beefy, muscular appearance that hints what it has to offer under the hood. On the topic of appearance, the new 2022 Stinger has got Kia’s dynamic new logo which can be found adorning the center of the hood and wheel caps.
LED headlamps with a new DRL signature come as standard. “Stinger-signature” LED DRLs and headlights are available as options. There is a new taillight design that spans the full width of the liftgate. Meanwhile, the GT trims get a full LED treatment with LED turn signals.
The new Stinger is offered with new 18- 19-inch wheel designs as well as more aggressive exhaust tip design. On the inside, there are the black gloss and chrome details, modern stitching pattern on inside door panels and the GT models are treated to Nappa leather with “chain link” design. And there’s ambient LED mood cabin lighting too, offing a vibrant selection of colors.
On the power train, the GT-Line gets a 2.5L turbocharged in-line 4 engine that produces 300 horses and 331 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque and mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters to enable 0-60 (97 kph) sprint in 5.2 seconds.
The GT model, on the other hand, is powered by a 3.3L turbocharged V6 motor which is also mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The power plant pumps out 368 HP and 376 lb-ft (510 Nm) of torque, affording it an estimated 0-60 sprint in just 4.7 seconds.
The GT further features an electronic variable exhaust system that enhances Stinger’s audible “calling card” (read: growl) – perfect for those who prefers a vocal car.
Both GT-Line and GT models will be available in RWD as well as torque vectoring AWD. The 2022 Kia Stinger Gran Tourer Revealed is now available with a starting MSRP of US$36,090. But for those who are down for anything special edition, you may want to hold out for a Scorpion Special Edition arriving in late Spring. More info is available HERE.
All images courtesy of Kia Motors America.