And we love it.
If the 2021 Kia Stinger's subtle facelift left you feeling a bit underwhelmed, well, we've stumbled upon something that should reinvigorate your interest in the Korean sports sedan. The handiwork of a German tuner called AMJ Fahrzeugdesign, what they've come up with is best described as a Kia Stinger on steroids.
Called the StingAir, it's received just about every aerodynamic modification you can think of, including a ducktail spoiler, a diffuser insert, a front lip, and aggressive side sills. Of course, there are also those much bigger Tomason wheels that dwarf those on the stock Stinger.
A company by the name of Singcom then stepped in to add a unique wrap that adds various black and yellow graphic elements to the base white paint. Even the Kia badge on the nose gets finished in the striking yellow. Sitting lower to the ground than many sports cars, it's probably the most menacing Stinger we've ever set our eyes on.
The changes aren't just visual, because beneath the arresting looks is an upgraded Bilstein Performance air suspension. Fortunately, it can be adjusted to raise or lower the car's ride height - as it is in the pictures, a regular speed bump would pose more than a few problems for the StingAir.
Inside, the changes are more subtle but the Stinger does receive additional Alcantara finishes, such as on the center of the steering wheel. While it looks like it wants to eat BMW M3s for breakfast, the StingAir makes do with the standard 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine that's available in Europe.
It produces 197 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque, so it doesn't quite have the go to match the considerable show of the StingAir. The Stinger's available 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 with 368 hp seems like a much better fit. Interestingly, the diesel engine has since been dropped from Kia's lineup in Europe. Whatever is under the hood, though, the StingAir shows what's possible if Kia went all-in on a performance division to rival Hyundai's N-badged cars.