Kia bids farewell to groundbreaking Stinger with special Tribute Edition

Kia has released details of a special Tribute Edition commemorative model to mark the end of production of the brand’s first premium performance sedan, the Stinger.

May 10, 2023

As with any final run, exclusivity is key - and with the special edition Stinger, this is assured as only 1,000 Tribute Edition badged vehicles will be available worldwide.

“When Kia Stinger launched locally in 2018, it gave the traditional rear-wheel drive competition a real shake up," says Managing Director of Kia New Zealand, Todd McDonald. "It was the new kid on the block, but one which came with incredible credentials right from the outset. It had power, performance, technology and absolutely looked the part. It had features and specification more akin to a prestigious European touring sedan. It developed a cult following, attracting new buyers to the brand with every model update.

“Now we’re incredibly excited to reveal details of the Kia Stinger Tribute Edition.”

In New Zealand, the Tribute Edition is available exclusively in 'Moonscape' Matte Grey. Black body parts adorn the exterior of the vehicle, specifically the wing mirrors, glossy black 19-inch alloy wheels and brake calipers, making for a bold and purposeful statement and emphasising the uniqueness of the model.

Similar black-coloured parts are found throughout the interior, adding to the sporty image. The interior itself has received special attention, with extensive use of Terracotta Brown colour on seat, door trim and stitch decoration thread, all of which contributes to creating a luxurious atmosphere.

A special Hornet logo appears on the headrest - a literal expression of the Stinger - while a bespoke numbered door scuff on the driver and front passenger side provides another visual reminder of the car's exclusivity.

At the heart of the Tribute Edition is the ever-popular 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6, capable of 274kW of power and producing a sub-five second 0-100km/h sprint time.

The Kia Stinger Tribute Edition is available for $94,990 plus on-road costs and comes inclusive of a four-year service plan.