While the facelifted Stinger V6 will come with a new factory bi-modal exhaust system when it arrives in Australia by the end of this year, that doesn’t mean Kia won’t still have an option for buyers who want even more noise from the rear-wheel-drive hero.
Speaking to CarsGuide last week, Kia Australia general manager of product planning Roland Rivero revealed an upgraded exhaust system will remain an option for Stinger V6 buyers, likely as a genuine accessory again.
“I think it would be fair to say we can push the decibel count a little bit higher with the genuine accessory,” he said. “It won’t just be called a bi-model exhaust anymore, it’ll be called a sports exhaust.
“It’s being studied … but in essence, we haven’t necessarily said that a genuine accessory sports exhaust won’t be on offer. It’s being studied and potentially going to be developed in any case as an option that gives you a few more decibels.”
Reading between the lines, Kia Australia’s supplier, likely Melbourne-based Lumens again, will develop the Stinger V6’s sports exhaust system even if it doesn’t get sold as a genuine accessory, so buyers should have the option in the market no matter what.
The preceding bi-modal exhaust system was released as a genuine accessory in the months following the pre-facelift Stinger’s Australian launch in September 2017. It currently costs $3315.92, including fitment.
As reported, the facelifted Stinger’s 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 has an improved power output of 274kW (+2kW) thanks to its new factory bi-modal exhaust system, although torque is still 510Nm.