Kia Stinger Tribute Edition: A Silent Leave for a Lost Opportunity

Between Kia and Hyundai, we’ve not heard a lot from the latter over 2022, and it will end the year by discontinuing the Stinger, one of its most remarkable modern models, with a Tribute Edition, limited to 1000 units.

Powertrain

 

2023 kia stinger tribute edition

 

Like a lot of sendoff editions, nothing is changed on the powertrain. It still has the facelift’s updated 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 that makes 368 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. The updated version last year brought 3 extra horses and several other features as an update for the fastback saloon. There is no info on whether it will be rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, but we do know it’ll feature the old 8-speed auto. The GT top trim is capable of 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds, and has a limited top speed of 269 km/h.

More of an Appearance Package

2023 kia stinger tribute edition

 

The Tribute Edition has two color options, that being Ascot Green or Moonscape Grey, a matte grey paint job debuting with this limited edition. Adding to the exterior changes are the Brembo brake calipers, wing mirrors, and 19-inch wheels all finished in a glossy shade of black.

2023 kia stinger tribute edition

 

The interior gets several changes, with the seats, steering wheel, door trim and handles wrapped in an exclusive Terracotta brown leather. The headrests feature an embossed wasp-like logo, but Kia has not published any images of it. Faux carbon fiber decorates the center console and door panels. It carries over the 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system capable of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, ambient lighting, and digital instrument cluster from the facelift as well.

Kia’s Stinger made great impressions with its launch in 2018, being one of the first models to break through the stigma of Korean cars and show that they are capable of making their products competitive, luxurious, and fast. It was only brought down by its considerably “high” price tag, and the fact that marketing was suboptimal, to say the least. It didn’t help that the Stinger didn’t get much refreshes to pull in sales, which makes the axing predictable. It has paved the way for and will be replaced by the upcoming EV6 GT, but the Stinger is certainly one memorable model for the Korean automotive industry (and perhaps, the world).

 

(Images sourced from Kia)

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