Entry-level variant could produce 311 hp.
In an interview with Motoring, Kia Australia COO Damien Meredith said “We can’t wait for CK. It will be here in the third quarter of next year, in two specifications priced from about $40,000 AUD ($29,905 USD).”
Meredith was coy on specifics but the entry-level model is expected to be powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine that produces 311 horsepower and 293 pound-feet of torque. The executive also confirmed plans for a high-performance variant which will use a biturbo 3.3-liter V6 engine which develops 362 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. That particular model is slated to cost approximately $50,000 AUD ($37,340).
The Stinger will be based on the same rear-wheel drive platform that underpins the Genesis G80. There have also been rumors about an all-wheel drive variant but nothing is official as of yet.
Kia has high hopes for the Stinger, particularly in Australia as the “CK will arrive just before the unfortunate demise of Australian car manufacturing and it will appeal to the same buyers in that segment." Meredith noted this is a "great opportunity" for the company as the model will appeal to customers who would have previously bought a Ford Falcon or a Holden Commodore.