2022 Kia Stinger GT AWD – Sometimes a car is refreshed mid-cycle and then completely revamped. New engine as well as new bodywork and an entirely new interior. It’s the complete overhaul. If this happens, it’s typically because the initial vehicle was not as good sufficient to merit a swift makeover. On the other side on the scale, when the company truly nailed the idea initially the car could get a constant refresh that introduces minor changes to an otherwise appealing product. For instance, the 2022 Kia Stinger certainly is in that second category.
The Stinger was introduced in the year 2018, and we were in love with the Stinger to test drive it for 40,000 miles. Additionally, we chose its premium Genesis counterpart which is the G70 which made it to our top 10 list for 2019. The biggest issue we had about the Stinger (and the G70, for it its cousin, the G70) was the base engine was a turbocharged 255 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder was a bit of a snoozer. It’s been fixed, Kia changed that. The regular engine that will be used in the 2022 model includes the 2.5-liter turbo-four engine that is robustly animated by different Kia, Hyundai, and Genesis products. with 300 HP and 311 pounds of torque the engine is more suited to the Stinger’s aggressive character. We suggest “should,” because we haven’t yet tested the mill. Instead, we followed the recommendation we’d offer to anyone Stinger buyer who wants to try the V-6 first.
2022 Kia Stinger GT AWD Review
The Kia’s twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6 engine is among the most refined engines of its class It’s smooth and powerful from idle until redline. Its 376 lbs of torque start at 1300 rpm and stay at that level till 4500 pm. Its horsepower of 368 is an increase over last year’s however, it’s only by three horses. You won’t even be able to tell. But you will notice the new active exhaust, which endows the Stinger with a throatier growl under throttle and makes it more rewarding to use the steering-wheel-mounted paddles to shift the eight-speed automatic transmission. It was also that was on our list of priorities: more feedback, more excitement, and the ability to engage. The new soundtrack helps.
The interior has been updated too, though it’s almost like you’d need to park an older Stinger with a new model to be able to tell the difference, similar to the comics-page cartoons you’d be examining after dividing your opinions over the most recent “Family Circus.” The principal change is the 10.3-inch touchscreen for infotainment, which is an improvement over the previous 8.0-inch screen. It has stereo-tuning graphics that resemble analog tubes, as well as the ability to play the recorded sounds of a fireplace, or oddly enough, a bustling restaurant. The stitching is also updated on the seats, as well as various trimming pieces. It’s the same elegant and well-designed cabin that we were awed by at the time of Stinger’s debut.
2022 model’s exterior is subtle, with revamped taillights and headlights, and new wheel designs. The most striking change is the brand new Kia badge that looks like something a goth-loving teenager would have put in the walls of an old sewer substation at an event in 1997. We’re referring to that, of the course as huge praise. The uncorked exhaust can make the 2022 Stinger seem more powerful but our results show that the sound is a theater of the mind and that its acceleration figures are similar to that of the similar all-wheel-drive GT we test in the year. The latest car reached 60 miles per hour in 4.6 seconds, the same as the previous version. Its quarter-mile speed was 13.1 minutes at 107 miles per hour was identical to the previous version, however with a 1 mph lower trap speed. The grip of the skidpad was, however, lower than 0.85 g. It’s due in large part to the tester’s Michelin Primacy Tour A/S all-season tires. On Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer rubber, the prior car displayed 0.91 grams of the stick. All-season tires also led to a stopping distance of 187 feet from 70, even with the GT’s Brembo brakes, which have four-piston front and rear calipers with two pistons. The previous car was stopped at about 164 feet, however, it was clear that fade wasn’t an issue this time in contrast to our experience in the last year’s Lightning Lap event. Contrary to the most recent G70 and the previous Stinger GTS however, the latest all-wheel-drive Stinger was not equipped with drifting mode. If you’re interested you can, the rear-drive Stingers can drift perfectly.
2022 Kia Stinger GT AWD Price & Release Date
This rear-drive 2.5T GT-Line’s starting price of $37,135 represents a substantial leap from last year’s $34,135 starting point. However, you do get significant horsepower gains with the higher price. The base price of $40,635 for the Stinger GT is now gone and stepping up to the V-6 is at a minimum of $44,735 for GT1 trim, which is an improvement over the previous year’s GT1 which cost $46,535. The price range is $54,535 for the AWD V-6 in GT2 trim. On top of that, there’s an additional $1295 Scorpion package that will blacken some trims and the exhaust tips add the 19-inch model-specific wheels and includes carbon-fiber interior parts. We know of a Stinger owner who has modified his 2019 GT2 in this manner and Kia may be taking note of its personalization scene. We’ll be able to tell when, as with him they add an optional Methanol injection and KDM (Korean local market) badges.