The Kia Stinger is a great looking car that could do wonders for the popular appeal of the Korean brand. Even though I have yet to try one, I like the look of the sporty Kia and imagine it will feel and drive just as well, if not better than, it looks. But what if it had the option of a V8?
According to an Australian source within Kia, that is a possibility. Kia's general media manager, Kevin Hepworth told Australian magazine Car Advice that a V8 is in development. He said ‘I believe Kia is developing one’ when asked about that very thing.
The quote was apparently within the context of rear wheel V8 cars and the fact Australia was losing the Holden Commodore soon. The Commodore is what we know as the Chevrolet SS and has been a mainstay of Australian car culture for many years.
Some might say that the days of the V8 are over but I wouldn’t necessarily agree. We tend to get too tied up in responsibility and don’t spend enough time of the fun aspects of driving. I firmly believe that V8 engines with the ability to run on four cylinders during periods of normal driving certainly have a place. Then, when you want a bit of fun, hit the pedal and all eight cylinders are called into action.
Could it be in a Kia Stinger? Who knows? The original quote said it has been taken out of context but Kia does like to surprise…
Kia Stinger GT
The Kia Stinger is something of a departure from the frugal and family friendliness of the rest of the automaker’s lineup. It’s big, brash and sporty and has an appeal that no other car in the Kia stable has. It is a rear wheel drive sports hatch that looks fantastic.
It has a low profile with a long curved hood, raked windshield and sloping roof that slides sinuously into the hatch and trunk spoiler. Vents behind the front brake callipers look the business as they flow into panel detailing above the lower sill down each side. Flared wheel arches and smart alloys complete the look. The rear looks a little Audi A5 and is all the better for it with the sculpted lower valance and twin pipes.
The Kia Stinger GT uses a 3.3-litre V6 twin-turbo engine that delivers 365 hp. This is the model most likely to get the V8 treatment if any. While rear wheel drive is standard, there will be an all-wheel drive version which will make it more suitable for Canada.
The Kia Stinger looks to be a very purposeful car that will provide very popular indeed I think. If you would like to know more about this model or other Kia cars, visit Georgetown Kia, 199 and 314 Guelph Street, Georgetown, Ontario.