With electric power, it could put the hurt on much more exotic metal.
The Kia Stinger is an absolute stunner, but the four-door fastback is actually based on a concept that was a two-door coupe - hence its astonishingly good looks. But as we enter the electric age, it doesn't matter how many special editions you bring out if they're all slower than the average EV. Thus, it should be no surprise that the Kia EV6 will replace the Stinger as the brand's performance halo model. That's all good and well, but what about style? The Stinger is certainly a better-looking vehicle, so the solution is surely to merge the performance of the EV6 with the design of something with a little more panache.
Kia has formerly said, despite its origins, that the Stinger won't become a coupe - at least not anytime soon, but it's quite possible that the EV6 could underpin a future electric coupe that could have both the looks and the performance to make the Stinger obsolete. Speaking of performance, the current Stinger GT range-topper is powered by a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 producing 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque, while the recently unveiled EV6 offers up to 576 hp. We assume that an electric Stinger/EV6 coupe would offer a similar amount of power, perhaps marginally more, but in the age of big numbers, it's worth noting that more horsepower means less fun in the corners.
Unfortunately, there's nothing to suggest that the EV6 will indeed spawn a coupe variant, but it does make sense. Late last year, we reported on the potential for Kia to discontinue the Stinger after just one generation, and with the figures offered by the EV6, not to mention the designers who are surely capable of making something as pretty as the Stinger, it doesn't make a huge amount of sense to pursue the advance of old tech. Again, this is all speculation, and we would love to be proven wrong with both a new generation of Stinger and a coupe model with the performance to hurt a Porsche. The future is certainly exciting.