Kia Confirms European Stinger Specs, Gets 200PS 2.2L Diesel

Shortly after its presentation at the Detroit Auto Show, Kia has confirmed European specifications for its new Stinger sports sedan.

The big news here is the addition of a diesel powertrain on top of the two petrol units shared with the North American specification model.

The entry-level engine is a 2.2-liter turbodiesel capable of delivering 200PS (197hp) at 3,800 rpm and peak torque of 440Nm (325 lb-ft) available between 1,750 and 2,750 rpm. With the diesel, the 2017 Stinger accelerates from 0-100km/h (62mph) in 8.5 sec and tops out at 225km/h (139mph).

If you prefer to fill up with petrol, the Stinger can be had with either a 2.0-liter turbocharged four producing 255PS (251hp) and 353Nm (260 lb-ft), or a range-topping 3.3-liter turbo V6 punching out 370PS (365hp) and 510Nm (376 lb-ft). While no straight-line performance figures have been released for the 2.0L model, it will sit between the diesel and the V6, which can hit 100km/h (62mph) in 5.1 sec and reach 270km/h (167mph).

Kia will offer both rear- and all-wheel drive versions of the Stinger in Europe, with all models fitted with the brand’s second-generation, electronic eight-speed automatic transmission as standard.

While closer in dimensions to mid-size luxury cars at 4,830mm long and 1,870mm wide with a 2,905mm wheelbase, the Stinger is actually positioned against both regular premium compact sedans like the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and four-door coupe flavored models such as the BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe and Audi A5 Sportback.

The Koreans have yet to announce pricing for the Stinger which will enter production in the second half of 2017, and go on sale across Europe during the fourth quarter of the year.

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  • pureworx

    The kia A5XF, mashing together other models to produce real life GTA vehicles.

    • kello3000

      Here’s hoping for a QV version…

  • john1168

    Nice. Is that a motor that’s already in use or is it all new?

    • Miknik

      You can have a 2.2 Diesel with around 190hp in the Tucson, Santa Fe and Sorrento SUVs from Hyundai/Kia, I guess this is a modified/updated version.

    • AnaIvanovic

      It’s the 2.2L Hyundai R engine. It’s one of the best diesel engines around from a non-premium brand. A simple diesel mod chip (e.g. RaceChip) can bring its power to around 250 hp and 540 nm of torque without needing to upgrade the engine internals.

      • john1168

        They better make more race chips… I have a feeling people are going to be installing them in this car.

  • I have to say, this is one car you want in your garage…I definitely see the Germanic influences from Hyundai/Kia´s recent hiring of VW/Audi designers and engineers…

    • giancarlo always me

      it’s an audi A7

    • McF1

      I totally agreed with you. I very much like this all new car by Kia.

    • Vassilis

      I don’t :p

      • Too bad…you’re obviously not a lover of cars…

        • Vassilis

          Quite the opposite I’d say. As a lover of cars I’d like something more special in my garage. It’s a good looking car, it may be very good but not much else. And let’s be honest, if you have better ones around you won’t care about it.

  • fabri99

    Lovely. I hope to see a lot of these around, but I doubt it will sell well in Italy.

  • Imjus Sayin

    If you swap the KIA badge with a Chevy Bow Tie, you could almost see a resemblance to the soon to be discontinued “SS” model imported from Holden.

    • KidRed

      uh, no.

    • john1168


  • Carson

    Was hoping to see Kia release a diesel with more than 250hp to bring it on a par with the petrols.

  • Jay

    Hey Kia,
    I would’ve been fine with you calling it an Optima GT instead.

    P.s. Change the name.

  • Catalin

    Thank to Audi- steering wheel, Merc – air vents, BMW – main display.
    Nice bodywork….after all.

  • KidRed

    Headlights need to be wider and the grille more narrow up front. That and the wheel arches are too small (like Caddy’s flagship) and restrict going to bigger wheels. That’s unfortunate for an otherwise quite remarkably designed car. The interior is gorgeous. That’s surprising because Audi’s have huge wheels and the designer has obvious Audi influences.

  • ErnieB

    Why do I see Saab? LIke this should have been a Saab not a kia?


  • nastinupe

    Kia’s look great but drive like crap. Hyundai’s drive so much better.

  • Michael_66589

    Rear lights from 2015 dodge charger

  • Vassilis

    I think the rear would look much better without that line that continues from the tail-lights.

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    very well designed sport sedan,i would like to see it often on the road.

  • ctk4949

    I like it, but the front end is too busy. Maybe it would look better in black.

  • michealm

    Saw this in person at the DC Auto Show and fell in love. While the Alfa Romeo Guilia might excite my heart a little bit more, I want performance, reliability and warranty. As the owner of a 2011 Hyundai Sonata SE with 102k miles, I’ve only replaced the wear and tear items and nothing more. The Stinger will be my next car, no doubt.

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