TodayApril 15, 2022

2022 Kia Stinger GT2 specs review video

The Kia Stinger has always been a red car. Gregory Guillaume, Vice President and chief designer, Kia Motors Europe, said about his vision when designing the little red car, “This car started six years ago, at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show with the concept car, the GT. It was the answer to the question from Korea if Kia were going to go into the segment of a front mid-shift rear-wheel four-door car, what would the car be?” Mission accomplished. The Kia Stinger GT was unveiled in 2017 as a 2018 model, and it has only gotten better each year. 

Kia Stinger GT at the Frankfurt Auto Show IAA

The Kia Stinger GT is a four-door sedan that drives like a sports car. A sedan’s functionality, including ample trunk space, and yet it dances around the curve like a youngster. 

2022 Kia Stinger GT2 trunk space

The funny part about the Kia is what they charge extra for on the car. I drove the 2022 Kia Stinger GT2 RWD V-6 with a starting price of $51,290. There were only three add-ons; $495 for the Hichroma Red Paint, cargo mats for $125, and carpeted floor mats for $155. It’s funny to me because while an MSRP of $53,110 is expensive to me, everything is standard except for some mats and the red paint. I have seen other cars start at $38,000 and end up at $50,000. 

But you really should get it in red. 

Guillaume tells the story that the only way cars have been shown to executives is in silver in Korea. Guillaume thought the Stinger stood out in red, and to make an impact, he showed the GT version to the executives, and they loved it. It is now known as the red car.

There are two engines to choose from; 2.5L Smart Stream Turbo Charged 4-Cylinder Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) G4KIII engine or the 3.3L Twin Turbo V6 Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) Lambda II engine. 

The 2.5-liter is standard on the GT-line, while the 3.3-liter is standard on the GT1 and GT2. The 2.5-liter creates 300 hp @ 5,800 rpm and 311 lb.-ft. @ 1,650-4,000 rpm, while the 3.3-liter boasts 368 hp @ 6,000 rpm and 376 lb.-ft. @ 1,300-4,500 rpm. The extra 68 horsepower is fun, but the extra torque starting at 1300 instead of 1650 is a dream. 

Technology upgrades 

  • Standard 10.25-inch touchscreen display with navigation and standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, plus multi-connection Bluetooth3 wireless connectivity and split-screen functionality
  • Wireless charger4 for compatible smartphones 
  • A larger 4.2-inch TFT center cluster is easier to read and offers a more vibrant exchange of information. 
  • The available 7-inch center cluster provides the safety of the available Blind Spot View Monitor with a live video view of adjacent lanes activated via the turn signal. This screen also projects the available Surround View Monitor, which utilizes four cameras to provide a 360-degree vehicle perspective.

The Kia Stinger has been a delight since it was unveiled at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). 

Kia Stinger GT unveil at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)

Competitors:

Mazda Mazda6

Ford Fusion Sport

Subaru WRX STI

Honda Accord

Acura TLX

Jaguar XF 

Lexus IS

Alfa Romeo Giulia

2022 Kia Stinger GT2

2022 Kia Stinger GT2 specs

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (in.) 114.4 in.

Length (in.) 190.2 in.

Width (in.) 73.6 in.

Height (in.) 55.1 in.

Automatic transmission (est.), RWD

GT-Line

22 City / 32 Highway /25 combined 

GT1 and GT2

18 City / 25 Highway /20 combined 

Automatic transmission (est.), AWD

GT-Line

21 City / 29 Highway /24 combined 

GT1 and GT2

17 City / 24 Highway /20 combined 

2022 Kia Stinger GT2 RWD interior

Trim Levels and pricing 

Stinger GT-Line 2.5L I4 – 8 A/T (RWD) $36,290.00

Stinger GT-Line 2.5L I4 – 8 A/T (AWD) $38,490.00

Stinger GT1 3.3L V6 Turbo – 8 A/T (RWD) $43,890.00

Stinger GT2 3.3L V6 Turbo – 8 A/T (RWD) $51,490.00

Stinger GT1 3.3L V6 Turbo – 8 A/T (AWD) $46,090.00

Stinger GT2 3.3L V6 Turbo – 8 A/T (AWD) $53,690.00

Scorpion Package

– Black outside mirror cap

– Blacked out fender garnish, side mirror caps, and darkened exhaust tips 

– Unique 19-inch black alloy wheels

– Rear spoiler

– Dark exhaust tips

– Carbon fiber interior trim

– Exterior colors: Snow White, Aurora Black, and Ceramic Silver

– Interior colors: black, red carbon fiber pattern trim 

$1,295.00

Keith Turner talked about his love of the pocket rocket Stinger Performance in this video

Keith Turner talking about the 2022 Kia Stinger GT2

2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine

  • 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters 
  • 300 horsepower and 311 lb.-ft. of torque for an estimated 0-60 mph time of 5.2 seconds 
  • RWD or available torque-vectoring AWD 
  • Estimated 22/32/25 mpg (RWD); 21/29/24 mpg (AWD) 

3.3-liter turbocharged V6 engine

  • 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters 
  • 368 horsepower and 376 lb.-ft. of torque for an estimated 0-60 mph time of 4.7 seconds
  • A new electronic variable exhaust system enhances Stinger’s audible calling card 
  • RWD or available AWD with torque vectoring 
  • Estimated 18/25/20 mpg (RWD); 17/24/20 mpg (AWD) 
2022 Kia Stinger GT2

Stinger’s suite of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems5 (ADAS) has expanded, and Kia says they are now the class leader in this luxury segment:

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Junction Turning: Assists the driver in braking to help prevent a collision or lessen the effects in certain conditions when turning left and an oncoming vehicle is approaching.
  • Safe Exit Warning: This can alert the driver or passengers opening their door not to exit the vehicle when the system detects approaching traffic. When detected, a chime sounds.
  • Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist: Under certain conditions, can detect vehicles traveling in the next lane. When a vehicle is “seen” in the blind spot, the vehicle brakes the outer wheel under certain conditions to help return the vehicle to its intended lane.
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Avoidance Assist: Helps detect most approaching cross-traffic when in reverse. When approaching cross-traffic is detected, the system alerts the driver and applies the brakes.
  • Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control leverages the navigation system to lower the vehicle’s speed before upcoming curves proactively.
  • Lane Following Assist: Follows lane markings that the system detects and provides steering inputs to help maintain the vehicle in the center of the lane
  • Highway Driving Assist: Uses federal highway speed limit information from the navigation system and, under certain conditions, will automatically adjust speed to be within the posted speed limit and maintain distance with the vehicle detected in front
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Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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