Kia Stinger reportedly being discontinued

2022 Stinger GT
2022 Stinger GTNothing gold can remain. Robert Frost knew. Ponyboy knew. And lovers of glorious rear-wheel drive sports sedans with room for the family, but track day attitudes and affordable prices know it. The Kia Stinger was too beautiful to last.

A report from South Korea’s Auto Times says production of the least predictable car built by a mainstream automaker in years will be halted in April.

The Stinger is a passion project for Kia. It is a rear-wheel drive sports saloon (optional four-wheel drive) with living space and handling for the whole family that Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe nervous.

It features a 300 horsepower 4-cylinder turbo engine or a 368 horsepower 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6. Power goes through an 8-speed automatic transmission.

And if that sounds like the statistics of a European sports sedan, then you understand why the Stinger has always been such an oddity. It’s a true 4-door performance car from an affordable automaker, with the kind of name cars wore in the 1970s.

It starts at just $36,590, plus $1,105 shipping — much less than most sedans of comparable performance.

There is nothing else like it on the market. And it’s not selling particularly well — Kia says it’s selling about half the pace it was last year in the first three quarters.

According to reports, that could be enough to end a passion project. Kia has not yet responded to our attempts to confirm the messages.

But if the Stinger is gone, we should note, that doesn’t mean Kia has given up producing cars capable of performance you wouldn’t expect in the affordable classes. The fastest version of its new EV6 electric carthe EV6 GT, has 576 horsepower and a 0-100 km/h time of just 3.5 seconds.