Monday, October 2, 2023
News Kia is working on an EV replacement for the Stinger

Kia is working on an EV replacement for the Stinger

  • Known internally as the GT1 prototype, this new performance halo car would replace the Stinger.

  • More than 600 hp is expected… in electric form.

  • This new halo car will be based on a new platform.


 

Kia is reportedly currently in the development phase for a future electric flagship car. At least, that’s what the Korean publication ETNews claims in an article about this future prototype, known internally as the GT1.

Identified as the brand’s next flagship performance car, this GT1 is expected in 2025 or 2026, giving the brand’s engineers a little more time to come up with something a little spicier than the current Kia EV6 GT. Remember that the crossover leaves the factory with a pair of electric motors that develop 577 hp and 546 ft-lb of torque.

2022 Stinger Scorpion Special Edition | Photo: Kia

And according to the Korean publication, this electric replacement for the now-defunct Stinger – although described as being a little larger than the combustion-powered car – would inherit a powertrain of over 600 hp, according to early reports surrounding this future electric car.

The performance oriented car would also benefit from a new platform derived from the current e-GMP (for electric-Global Modular Platform). This new architecture, known internally as the eM, would feature a gigantic 113.2 kWh battery with a range between recharges of between 700 and 800 km.

2022 Stinger Scorpion Special Edition | Photo: Kia

The new platform would also be compatible with Level 3 autonomous driving technology.

The Hyundai group has relatively high ambitions in the electric car market. Indeed, the Korean group aims to sell more than three million electric vehicles by 2030, with a 12% market share.

Within this group, the Kia brand aims to sell 1.2 million electric vehicles by 2030, with the launch of 14 electron-powered models by 2027.

The Kia Stinger may be a thing of the past, but the five-door sedan may have a future in the brand’s electric organization chart after all.

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