It seems that electricity will define future Kia performance models.
Just a couple of months ago, Kia revealed the all-electric EV6, and it's loaded with cool features. Its styling is a little odd, but it is growing on us and is already exceeding expectations with loads of interest being shown in the car even before production begins. But can you blame people? Kia says the AWD-only EV6 will offer 576 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque, enough to launch the car from 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. That's all very impressive, but it does mean that other, traditionally-powered offerings from Kia now seem a little underwhelming. Could the EV6 replace the impressive Stinger as the brand's ultimate expression of performance motoring?
According to Australian publication Car Advice, the Stinger has done very well for the brand. The head of Kia Australia, Damien Meredith, says, "The Kia Stinger has been good to us on many fronts. It's given a performance edge to our brand which we didn't have before." But now is the time to look forward, and the EV6 "will be the next step up in performance sharpness", and with such impressive figures, the Stinger may now seem just a little tepid.
For reference, the 2022 Stinger, which sends its power to the rear wheels, only offers up to 368 hp and 376 lb-ft, along with a 0-60 mph time of 4.7 seconds. Those figures are impressive, but the EV6 is on another performance level.
That doesn't mean that the Stinger will be retired just yet though - Kia still has a number of special editions to release, but as more dealers install charging stations, cars like the Stinger will start to look a bit "last week". It'll be a pity when the Stinger is retired, but since its styling is so popular, perhaps Kia will launch an electric version of the car in the future. Then again, Kia also says that the EV6's styling will influence future models, so there may be no good reason to keep the Stinger alive in the long run. Either way, Kia's performance credentials are getting a huge boost thanks to EV power.