Do You Like How The New Kia Stinger Sounds?

With its eye-catching Stinger sports sedan, Kia hopes to snatch customers away from the likes of BMW, Audi, Infiniti, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz and although that won’t be easy, the exterior design alone has already convinced many Kia naysayers.

However, it will take much more than good looks for the Stinger to prove successful, it’ll also have to drive as well as its premium rivals and also have enough sound to get the adrenaline pumping of enthusiasts. That’s no easy feat and if the videos below are anything to go by, Kia will have to step up its game.

These two clips were recently shot at a preview event for the Stinger in Asia and managed to capture a rather sedate sounding engine and exhaust note.

According to Kia, the range-topping 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 model produces 365 hp and 376 lb-ft (494 Nm) of torque, enough to send the rear-wheel drive model to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds. However, performance is nothing without sound and Kia appears to have some way to go before the Stinger’s figures are matched by its sound.

Thankfully, that could very well happen. Kia Australia confirmed last week that it is working hard on ensuring local Stinger models sound good, suggesting that other markets may also receive more pleasant sounding models when deliveries begin.

H/T to Paul Sciacca!


  • KidRed

    Kia ain’t playing around anymore.

  • SgtBeavis

    I have never seen a company go from suck to awesome so fast.

    • Jay

      True that, if Daewoo was still around it probably would’ve been even faster..

      • Bash

        I almost forgot Daewoo!

  • john1168

    Not aggressive sounding. I read earlier that because of local government rules that some Stingers in different markets will be louder than others. I read the US versions may be louder than in other countries. Nice paint on this one. Also, notice the sigma symbol instead of the KIA badge.

  • Christian

    Sounds just like my sisters old Fiat 500 1,2 69 Bhp…

  • Puddingpopper

    The charger taillights irritate me, fix them

    • bd

      Really not similar to the Charger taillights.

    • Rzrlf

      only f*cbois with actual chargers would say they don’t look like charger lights

    • Actually think more Maserati vs Charger (or were they both influenced by the Maserati …

  • StrangerGP

    Looks a lot better than it sounds.

  • RDS Alphard

    I’m waiting & see if anyone came up with better exhaust system.

    • Anthony Russo

      Without a doubt.. It will be out a few months after the cars release.

  • Auto

    That badge makes the car look much better. The Kia badge is just too big.

  • ErnieB

    The stinger logo lettering is cool! Like the Spyker… wish they’d really changed the grill though..

    • It’s just a natural evolution from their Tiger Grille….not bad

  • SteersUright

    This car will flop, sorry. Buyers in the $50k+ arena will find all the excess chrome too gaudy, the engine way too underpowered at less than 400hp for a car that weighs this much, and now we know it also sounds like a proper turbo’d vacuum cleaner. 0-60 in 4.9sec? Not good enough today at this price point. At $42k for a loaded v6 turbo model, you’d have a winner. Reports, however, indicate it will be close to $55k though. These will not move in big numbers without a $10k rebate slapped on their Dodge Charger-looking derriere.

    • bd

      Actually, reports indicate that the base turbo-4 model will likely start below $30k.

      So doubtful about a $55k price-tag for a loaded GT.

    • Anthony Russo

      Probably around $45,000 loaded

    • SteersUright

      Price: $39,000-52,000 (est) Source: Motor Trend (
      Thats $52k estimated for the top of the line model. If it rings in at $45k MSRP loaded, it will definitely be much more competitive. I like a lot about this car. But, being Kia, its customers will be VERY price sensitive and that will likely determine its success as much as the other standard considerations (dynamics, performance, build quality, etc).

      • bd

        Wouldn’t go by MT’s estimate.

        In Korea the turbo-4 Stinger starts at around $28k US.

  • ctk4949

    I still dont like the front end, its tooooo busy!!

  • Submarines

    Super interested in one, but I’ll reserve my judgement until I see one in person. We all know how cell phones are terrible at capturing how an exhaust sounds.

  • Six_Tymes

    damn, thats a sexy rear end.

  • notthistimecobber

    Amusing how the Koreans won’t put a Kia badge on this thing….

  • BlackPegasus

    The rear side quarter reminds me of the demised Pontiac G8. The rear itself says Maserati. Not bad in either case. 👌🏽

    • Anthony Russo

      In 2011 I had my son buy the kia optima sx.. Because it looked like my 09 pontiac G8 GT.. They were the same color too. I always thought so.

  • psiqtas

    I barely hear it…if only Kia would stop copying other design clues and mixing it in one I-don’t-know-why…

  • pcurve

    Little slow to spool up, big v6 sound. But not much exhaust tuning.

  • Six Thousand Times

    It’s not sensational but it’s not bad. Yes, I like.

  • BobV12

    That @ss is a crossover between Maserati and previous gen Mondeo (Fusion in US ?)

  • Bash

    This is so cool

  • Anthony Russo

    My 09 pontiac G8 GT sounded just like this when I bought it.. And that was a V8 6.0….the first thing I did was to change the exhaust..

  • Blade t

    Didnt hear anything ….

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