Kia: EV6 Leads Performance Trim
As the year 2020 drew to a close, Kia declared its intention to create a Tribute Edition of the majestic Stinger consisting of 1,000 units as a tribute to this sporty sedan. In support of this notion, the car manufacturer has now released a soulful video that pays homage to the incredible success of this model by demonstrating its successor in electric form, aptly titled the EV6. This all-electric vehicle is set to ably take up the mantle of Kia’s performance-themed products, and while they remain optimistic, the adulation that their latest invention has been met with only goes to show the sturdy groundwork done by the Stinger GT. Perpetuating Kia’s image transformation ever since, the Stinger GT has unquestionably been one of Kia’s most notable modern cars, and its implications on the brand speaks for itself. Thanks to the incredible efforts of the Stinger, Kia has solidified its place among the trendsetters when it comes to performance models, thus rendering the future of the GT line to be in safe hands.
The clip opens with a shot of the treadplates of the Stinger GT Tribute Edition, then follows up by introducing the EV6 GT as if it were an old chum, convening at the waterfront to mull over the past and compare triumphs. Reminiscing, the Stinger harkens back to its 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine capable of 368 horsepower, while its contemporary, the EV6 GT, brags about its dual-motor set-up powering through with a total of 576 all-electric horses.
The Stinger appears envious of that strength, thus prompting conversation to their several commendations. Both GT models were the speediest Kias in initial “upto-sixty” acceleration, whilst also attaining several honors.
The Stinger was a 2018 European Car of the Year contender, the champion of the Automobile Writers’ Association of Korea’s 2018 Car of the Year title, recipient of the esteemed Red Dot Award for Best of The Best in Car Design, and triumphant of the UK Car of The Year Awards Performance category.
Incredible as these accolades are, the EV6 definitely shouldn’t be underrated. In 2022, it was the recipient of the same European and Korean awards the Stinger garnered in 2018, and further earned the Red Dot Awards’ Best of the Best Car Design and Innovative Product selections. Moreover, the same year, this electric crossover won What Car?’s title of 2022 Car of the Year and also triumphantly took home UK Electric SUV of the Year prize. Furthermore, Kia’s GT logo candidate was a contestant in our Save The Planet classification and swept the 2023 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year acknowledgement.
What initially appears to be disputing and opposition eventually becomes a tender farewell as the EV6 dignifies the Stinger with a leisurely parade around the track, recognizing the contribution which the latter has made to the Kia name and exhibiting a sense of distinction in being able to share the limelight with the Stinger.
The pairing culminates in a simultaneous display of donuts and drifts, as if to hammer out the point that, despite the absence of the Stinger, Kia’s GT series remains anything but dull; The EV6 GT is an outrageous thrill to pilot.
We offer a tribute to the EV6 GT that has hallmarked excellence, yet it is the Kia Stinger GT that truly awakened our fondness for this marque. The sight of such an elegant and elegant sedan being replaced by an electric SUV is undeniably upsetting. Goodbye, Stinger GT – you exceeded what many customers expected.