Kia Stinger discontinued, sport sedan honored with Tribute Edition

The Kia Stinger performance sedan takes one last spin on showroom floors with a limited Tribute Edition before production ends in 2023, Kia announced Wednesday. 

Then the Stinger will join the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 as rear-wheel-drive sport sedans no longer in production, along with more than a dozen other vehicles discontinued in 2023. 

The Stinger’s last hurrah will end with a 2023 Kia Stinger Tribute Edition. Kia will produce 1,000 Tribute models, with 400 of them earmarked for the U.S.

The Tribute Edition builds off the Stinger GT2 with a 368-hp 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V-6. With rear-wheel drive, the Stinger GT2 went from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds, which was only a half-second quicker than the 2.5-liter turbo-4 that made 300 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque in the 2023 Kia Stinger. 

Painted in exclusive Moonscape matte gray or available Ascot Green, the Stinger Tribute Edition sports black accents on the side mirrors caps, 19-inch wheels, and Brembo brake calipers.

Inside, the special edition features an exclusive Terracotta brown leather on the sport bucket seats, steering wheel, and door trim. A new carbon-fiber-like material covers the console and door panels, and the headrests buzz with a new wasp-shaped emblem to honor the Stinger’s past. A numbered door sill plate on the driver side confirms the model’s limited run.

2023 Kia EV6 GT

The end of the Kia Stinger does not spell the end of Kia’s performance drive. The 2023 Kia EV6 GT electric crossover outsprints most electric rivals thanks to a dual-motor all-wheel-drive system that generates 576 hp and 545 lb-ft, and a 0-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds. It’s a more convincing performance car than the Kia Stinger. 

Launched for the 2018 model year, the Kia Stinger made waves with its sharp looks, performance ambitions, and reasonable price. Kia has not announced pricing for the Stinger Tribute Edition, but expect it to be announced when it arrives in the first half of 2023. 

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