Hopefully the limited-edition package for the updated sports sedan will help it stay around longer.
When we think of the word scorpion, as it applies to cars, the first thing we think of is Fiat's Abarth brand with a likeness of the pinchy creature on its logo. But today we're talking about the 2022 Kia Stinger Scorpion, which does make sense, given the name. Kia told us more special editions were coming a few months ago, and the first has now arrived.
Kia says the Scorpion will be limited to 250 models per month, all for the American market. The Scorpion will be offered in three colors: Snow White Pearl, Aurora Black, and Ceramic Silver. It's an appearance package meaning no more power from the new simplified lineup.
The four-cylinder GT-Line features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 300 hp. The GT-Line starts at $36,090 (plus a $1,045 destination fee) or $38,390 with the Sun & Sound package. Kia has dropped the base GT V6 model and now offers the GT1 for $43,690 and GT2 for $51,290. These models produce 368 hp from an updated 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6, and all four trims are available with all-wheel-drive for $2,000 extra.
The Scorpion package ($52,585 for FWD and $54,785 for AWD) will only be offered on the GT2 trims. It comes with blacked out fender accents, side mirror caps and darkened exhaust tips. It also features a body colored rear spoiler, unique 19-inch wheels, and carbon fiber-pattern trim inside the cabin. It'll be available with either red or black leather trim.
"Stinger was a wake-up call to a segment long populated by European sport sedans when it debuted in 2017 (as a 2018 model). It redefined what enthusiast drivers thought about Kia and proved we could compete against the best vehicles in a hotly contested space," said Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia North America and Kia America. "Since then, Stinger has built a loyal following of those looking for something unique and the Scorpion is set to continue that approach."
The aggressive Kia Stinger came out in 2017 with a few solid engine choices and styling penned by Kia's Peter Schreyer and Gregory Guillaume, who have a ton of hits and only a few misses. In 2018 the rear- or all-wheel drive sports sedan hit its stride, with more than 16,000 units finding a forever home. The next year saw just under 14,000 and sales and in 2020 Kia moved a surprising 12,500. Stinger sales dropped off hard in 2021, but a refreshed version came out for the 2022 model year.
Changes for 2022 model year, besides streamlining the trims, included Kia's new logo, standard with LED headlights with a new daytime running light signature, standard LED taillights and a new full-width taillight bar. The GT receives the full LED setup plus LED turn signals. New wheel designs were introduced as was a new exhaust tip design.
As for the next-gen Stinger, which would be slated for a couple years from now, we still don't know. Late last year we heard that product planning chief Roland Rivero said the next-gen Stinger was "still under study and still to be confirmed." Rivero did say that the current Stinger's lifecycle could be extended, though with poor American sales, we're not even sure of that anymore. Kia's European head of design, Gregory Guillaume said last year that "at the moment I'm not sure [the Stinger is] doing as good as we hoped."
Regardless, the Kia Stinger, at least in its V6 form, is a fun car with space for five and rear-wheel drive when optioned properly. It would be shame to see it go away after just one generation. However, being replaced by a 500-plus-hp EV isn't a bad concession prize either.