- Kia will end production of the Stinger four-door hatchback following the 2023 model year, releasing a Tribute Edition to celebrate the Stinger’s six-year run.
- A unique Moonscape matte gray paint hue is available, and the interior is fitted with a Terracotta brown leather.
- Only 1000 Stinger Tribute Editions will be produced worldwide, with no word yet on the price of this final Stinger.
The Kia Stinger, which arrived for the 2018 model year, catapulted the Korean brand into new territory with its blend of luxurious, stylish design and a potent twin-turbo V-6. But now the Stinger is being retired, with the electric EV6 GT set to take over as Kia’s performance flagship. But Kia is celebrating the Stinger as it bows out after the 2023 model year with a commemorative sendoff called the Stinger Tribute Edition, with only 1000 units set to be produced worldwide.
The Tribute Edition is based around the GT model, packing a twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6. The special Stinger is mechanically unchanged, with the motor pumping out 368 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque, good enough for a sprint to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds.
The Tribute Edition focuses instead on visual upgrades, available in either Ascot Green or a new Moonscape matte gray paint job. The sideview mirrors, Brembo brake calipers, and 19-inch wheels are all finished in a stealthy gloss black.
Inside, the seats and door panels are wrapped in a unique Terracotta brown leather, while a faux-carbon look also appears on the door panels and center console. The seats also have a new wasp-shaped logo embedded into the headrest, although Kia failed to provide any photos of the new emblem. A numbered plaque on the door sill reminds the owner that their Stinger Tribute Edition is one of just 1000 units. There’s no word yet on price or how many Stinger Tribute Editions will be available in the U.S., but we imagine there will be a decent jump over the GT model’s $52,935 starting price.
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