Despite what you may have heard or you just naturally assume from predisposed bias, the Kia Stinger is an entertaining car to drive. The fun factor will turn way up, though, if the Koreans follow through with dropping a fire-breathing V-8.
This isn’t a rumor, but instead comes from an interview Kia’s general media manager, Kevin Hepworth, did with Australian automotive publication Car Advice. When he was asked directly about the possibility of a V-8-powered Stinger, he said “I believe [Kia] is developing one.” Note he didn’t exactly confirm whether it’s happening or not, but it adds credibility to rumors that were already flying around.
If the Stinger gets a V-8, it may only be for Americans. Hepworth admitted it wasn’t on the menu in Australia, where apparently nobody wants a rear-wheel-drive, V-8-powered sedan. Sad.
The most obvious source for power would be the 5.0-liter V-8 Hyundai uses in the Genesis G80. While it could be tuned differently for the Stinger, it produces 420 horsepower in its current configuration. That’s noticeably more than what you get with the Stinger’s optional twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6, which pounds out a respectable 365 horsepower.
Dropping a V-8 in the Stinger would make it a better competitor against German sport sedans, and it would be a great way to shred some tires.