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Souped-up Kia Stinger GT to Get V-8 Engine

Souped-up Kia Stinger GT to Get V-8 Engine

Is Kia finally giving us an alternative to the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63?

Rumors of a more powerful version of the awesome Kia Stinger GT have been flying around ever since the Korean brand launched the sedan – and we have a rendering and speculative review for it – but the Asian carmaker has yet to confirm such plans exist. However, the company’s Australian communications manager just hinted that a higher performance version could come to the U.S. soon. What’s more, it appears that instead of a beefed-up V-6, Kia may use a V-8 powerplant for the range-topping four-door.

Speaking to CarAdvice, Kevin Hepworth, the brand’s communications manager in Australia, said, "I believe they’re developing one" when asked about a V-8-powered Kia Stinger. And while he pointed out that such a model won’t make it Down Under, he added that "there may be a possibility the U.S. could pick it up." There’s no word as to when it could arrive, but as we mentioned in our speculative review, a 2018 launch for the 2019 model year seems very likely. What specific engine will it use and how much power will it send to the wheels? Keep reading to find out.

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Spied: 2016 Kia Sportage

Spied: 2016 Kia Sportage

Our spy photographers have captured Kia in the midst of cold-weather testing its fourth-generation Sportage crossover. With a restyled front and rear fascia, along with a new interior, the 2016 Sportage should raise the bar for its category.

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