And the prototype is wearing the Stinger's clothes.
Kia is doing rather well at the moment, seeing astonishing demand for new products like the EV6, and it's safe to say that the Korean automaker has shrugged off its humble beginnings to become a truly impressive automaker that can do the luxury thing just as well as the best of them. But there's a body style that is notably absent from its lineup, and it's the coupe.
The best car in Kia's lineup to get the two-door treatment would surely be the Stinger, and we've just been ruminating on what an electric Stinger coupe could do, but new spy shots from Korean Car Blog suggest something entirely different.
Despite the terrible resolution of the spy shots and the mix of canvas and vinyl camouflage, we can clearly see that the donor body here is that of a Stinger. But the rear doors of this prototype are certainly not functional, as we can see an air intake in the middle of the profile, and there's only one reason for such a thing to exist: a mid-/rear-engine layout.
In the age of electrification, an all-new model that uses internal combustion from a mainstream automaker like Kia would almost certainly be a hybrid, but is the Stinger really set to become a proper sports car?
According to the rumor mill, this machine is one of five test mules that Hyundai has built for developing hydrogen-electric hybrid powertrains. Supposedly, this prototype has between 650 and 700 horsepower and has both a fuel cell and a battery pack. That still doesn't quite explain why there are intakes in the middle of the car though.
Kia has formerly indicated that it has no plans for a Stinger coupe, but that doesn't mean that the automaker has ruled out coupes altogether. This could very well be Kia's answer to the Audi TT, Porsche 718 Cayman, and others, but another theory suggests that we're just looking at a prototype race car. That theory is torn to threads by the fact that the car is being tested on public roads, something that you'd never see a new 911 GT3 Cup or M4 GT3 ever doing.
Presumably, the only reason that the Stinger's body is being used is because this car will send its power to the rear and this body fits, but with the potential of hybridization, this could be an AWD car too. We'll just have to wait and see.