Kia America has announced that the Stinger fastback sedan is reaching the end of its six-year production run. To commemorate the car’s legacy, Kia has released a limited edition Stinger Tribute, with just 440 units available in the US and 1,000 worldwide. The Stinger Tribute boasts unique upgrades that distinguish it from other Stingers, and existing Kia customers and those who have expressed interest in the car will be the first to know about its availability.
Kia America’s COO & EVP, Steven Center, said, “While it may be the end of the road for Stinger, its legacy lives on through our innovative products, both current and forthcoming. A catalyst that set off Kia’s advancements in engineering and driving dynamics, the Stinger ultimately put the brand on the map among enthusiast drivers.”
The Stinger Tribute is based on the 2023 Stinger GT2, featuring a 3.3-liter turbocharged V-6 engine with optional all-wheel drive. The Stinger Tribute is available in Ascot Green or Steel Matte Gray and has black-accented details, including exhaust tips, Brembo brake calipers, side mirrors, and 19-inch alloy wheels. The interior features Terracotta Nappa leather-trimmed seats with a custom logo, a synthetic suede headliner, and simulated carbon fiber interior trim. Each Stinger Tribute Edition sedan will have a numbered door sill plate.
Eric Watson, Vice President of Sales at Kia America, said, “We want to give our loyal customers a jump on the opportunity to own this ultra-exclusive Stinger Tribute Edition. By notifying them of the Stinger’s arrival first, along with hand raisers who have expressed interest in the iconic sport sedan, we anticipate this customer base will flock to dealers to snag the last of the Stingers.”
The Stinger Tribute Limited Edition is priced at $53,390 for the RWD version and $55,590 for the AWD version, excluding a $1,175 destination fee. The Stinger GT-Line has a 300-hp, 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, while the Stinger GT2 has a 368-hp, 3.3-liter turbocharged V-6 engine. The Stinger has been a successful model for Kia in the US, with over 65,000 units sold since its launch in 2019. The Stinger has been a catalyst for Kia’s advancements in engineering and driving dynamics, and the lessons learned from the Stinger have been applied to new products like the EV6 GT, which won the 2023 World Performance Car of the Year award.