According to an initial report by Australia's caradvice.com.au, Kia Motors Australia General Manager of Media and Corporate Communications, Kevin Hepworth, stated that while such an option is unlikely for the local market, a bent-eight mill is under consideration for the States.
"I believe they’re developing one. There may be a possibility the US could pick it up. We’ve not heard about it [for an Australian launch]. We haven’t entered into discussion for a V8".
In a subsequent follow-up hours later, the Korean automaker alleged that Hepworth's comments were misunderstood due to a interrupted phone connection, and that no confirmation on a whether the Stinger will indeed receive a V8 engine has made.
It also stated that the company's local arm has no close relations with its US division, and that the project, if indeed true, will likely only be reserved for the left-hand drive US market.
Whereas the flagship Stinger GT employs the above mentioned V6 mill with 272 kW and 510 Nm of torque, the rumoured V8 could see it using the same 5.0-litre normally aspirated motor as the Kia K900 and Genesis G90 luxury sedans, which produce 313 kW and 520 Nm.
Kia Motors South Africa is yet to announce when the Stinger will make its local debut, but expect it to be sometime next year.