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A top-tier Kia Stinger is already impressive with a 3.3-liter turbo V6 rated at 365hp and 376 lb-ft of torque, but CarAdvice says an even more powerful V8 powered variant could be on its way to the States.

Kevin Hepworth, Kia's Australia General Manager of Media and Corporate Communications, mentioned the possibility of a V8 could be available to markets outside of Australia. "I believe they're developing one," Hepworth said. "There may be a possibility the US could pick it up. We've not heard about it [for an Australian launch]. We haven't entered into discussion for a V8."

If this is true, we could see Hyundai's Tau V8 engine in said high-performance Stinger. Already available in the Genesis G90, G90 and Equus, the 5.0-litre unit is good for 420 hp and 383lb-ft of torque.

According to Graeme Gambold, the Stinger suspension specialist, the chassis is more than ready for a power boost. "Apparently it's very strong and robust, no problem, can handle more grunt and all those sorts of things, so I don't think they'll have any problem winding the wick up" he told Wheels.

So far Kia has refused to confirm or deny speculations, which means a V8 Stinger is a possibility.
 

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If Kia does this then it will be a true poor mans Porsche Panamera and it will go a long way in setting expectations for the brands performance side since right now the Stinger is at the forefront of that image.
I doubt it will happen though, need more confirmation.
 

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The Stinger was already exceeding expectations with a V6 engine and power alone isn't everything it has going for it. What would a V8 Stinger compete with if it does go into production?

I'm sure there are those that are interested in more power, but 365hp is enough for me.
 

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The Stinger was already exceeding expectations with a V6 engine and power alone isn't everything it has going for it. What would a V8 Stinger compete with if it does go into production?

I'm sure there are those that are interested in more power, but 365hp is enough for me.
No exact competition but it would just be a more torque filled model compared to the V6. but that's if the V8 even happens. With the right tuning V8 like torque can be had from a V6.
 

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Some say the V8's power output isn't that much greater than V6TT, so your tuning suggestion does have merit and the V6 is lighter than the larger engine. But maybe there will be a turbocharged V8.
 

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Problem with larger engines is the additional weight, that could offset the 50/50 weight ratio.
If it's a small displacement V8, which I don't see why not, that has an aluminum block and other light weight parts then there's shouldn't be an issue. Often these small displacement (around 4.0L) V8's weigh as much as your typical mid-displacement V6. Weight shouldn't be more than another 100LBS or so.
 

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If it's a small displacement V8, which I don't see why not, that has an aluminum block and other light weight parts then there's shouldn't be an issue. Often these small displacement (around 4.0L) V8's weigh as much as your typical mid-displacement V6. Weight shouldn't be more than another 100LBS or so.
Seems like someone knows a lot about engines:grin But yeah, I think so too. It won't significantly affect your car performances..
 

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Well, I say 50/50 but I don't think it's perfect on the stinger. Weight distribution is more around 52/48 for rear-drive, 53/47 for AWD. So I suppose a small displacement V8 could in fact shift it closer to 50/50.
 

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Seems like we won't be getting any other Stinger variants in the future. Orth Hedrick, Kia Motors America vice president of product planning, spoke with Wards Auto and said Kia won't be creating a Stinger sub-brand or any more variants of the model. So this is pretty much it for the Stinger until Kia decides to update it for a second generation model, but that's years down the Road. This is fine by me because the rear-wheel drive model is pretty much perfect IMO.

Kia | Cars Not Dead; Stinger Brand, A-CUV, Pickup Not on Table | Industry content from WardsAuto
 

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This seems like overkill to me. There isn't going to be a huge overall improvement to power, and the Stinger has already been shown to be thirsty for gas. Not sure why you'd need more than 360hp in a Kia, regardless of how you intend on using the car. I think for the extra money this "high performance" model will cost, your better off upgrading/tuning a V6 model .
 

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Maybe there's a way to make it actually do something, though you're going to need to cut into the hood and vent cover. I've only seen this done on a pickup before and it does increase engine bay cooling. But if it's a lease, that's not really an option I suppose.
 

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Wonder if we'll see any significant changes to the Stinger by 2020. I guess that's dependant upon successful sales, which based upon early reviews seems likely. Are you waiting until 2020 for Kia to fine tune everything?
 

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Wonder if we'll see any significant changes to the Stinger by 2020. I guess that's dependant upon successful sales, which based upon early reviews seems likely. Are you waiting until 2020 for Kia to fine tune everything?
From what i can make of Kia its that they adjust as they go, there's no definite path they will travel. So there's no telling what the future could be like. However these next few years of sales will feed into that.
 

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I'm hopeful that his new platform out of Kia isn't met with an array of first generation issues. Fortunately it doesn't look like we've seen any serious recalls or complaints, but it is still early. Looks like we only have a handful of early adopters on here, which is to be expected considering the Stingers entry price.
 

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I'm hopeful that his new platform out of Kia isn't met with an array of first generation issues. Fortunately it doesn't look like we've seen any serious recalls or complaints, but it is still early. Looks like we only have a handful of early adopters on here, which is to be expected considering the Stingers entry price.
So far its nothing that will send you back to the dealership with a car you have to leave over night or anything that requires immediate attention, as long as issues are minimal like that the Stinger will be seen as problem free.
 

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Its pretty surprising that the only recall that's been issued so far is for a vibration issue. More a quality of life thing than an actual problem. Hopefully this trend continues as owners begin to put more mileage on it. With the factory warranty there doesn't seem to be much risk.
 

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There aren't too many problems with the Stinger, but some things can be improved in the next gen model like heated rear seats or Sport+ Drive Mode with stiffer chassis and tighter transmission.
 
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