The 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 under the bonnet of the new Kia Stinger is a great engine, but it doesn’t exactly shout it intentions from the rooftops.
Kia Australia has been upfront about its intentions to rectify this with an optional exhaust system and has now revealed the exhaust will cost $2659.99 fitted with the first examples expected to be available prior to Christmas 2017.
The optional exhaust can be fitted at any Kia dealer in around an hour and can be easily retro-fitted to cars already purchased. Dealers have ordered around 140 exhausts but with Kia currently selling around 200 Stingers a month those stocks could be exhausted quickly, if you’ll pardon the pun.
Melbourne-based company Lumens has been responsible for the development work at the behest of Kia Australia, with the result being an electronically-controlled bi-modal system that bypasses the mufflers for a louder, purer exhaust note.
As an OEM product it passes all ADR requirements with Kia Australia’s Kevin Hepworth promising none of the droning that can sometimes be produced by aftermarket systems.
In other news Kia Australia CEO Damien Meredith dropped a hint that a more potent Stinger could be on the way: “You can assume that what we’re doing with Stinger doesn’t stop with a V6 twin-turbo, but we’ll have to wait and see.”
Stinger boss Albert Beirmann has made no secret of his wish to develop a faster, more focused version of Kia’s new sports sedan, though there are currently no plans for that car to offer more than six cylinders.