Whenever automakers give their cars an update, we usually expect them to give the engine a bit more power and torque as well. Since they already gave the exterior and interior a once over, giving the engine a few extras horses (and pulling power) doesn't look too hard now does it?
Well, that's what Kia did to the 2021 Stinger. After releasing the first images of the updated sports sedan several weeks ago, the Korean automaker announced that they were able to squeeze out more power from the 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6. By giving the Stinger a revised exhaust flow, Kia claims the six-cylinder engine now cranks out 3 more horsepower.
Yes, Kia said that the 2021 Stinger now generates 373 horsepower at 6000 rpm. But what about torque? Unfortunately, it's still the same. The Stinger continues to develop 510 Nm of torque at 1300 – 4500 rpm. Still meaty, but Kia could have at least extracted several more newton-meters from the V6.
Despite only gaining an extra 3 horsepower, Kia did install a new variable exhaust valve that is exclusive to the 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6. It works via a small butterfly valve in the exhaust which opens and closes depending on the driving mode. The result is a deeper exhaust note in Sport driving modes, or a quieter, more subdued exhaust note in Eco and Comfort modes.
The updated Stinger with the V6 may not be producing 400 horsepower just yet, but at least Kia gave it a much better exhaust system that will surely give the sports sedan a throatier exhaust note. The only question now is, when will the 2021 Kia Stinger arrive in the Philippines?