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Kia EV8 Could Replace The Iconic Stinger In Electric Avatar

The iconic performance sedan from Kia is about to be electrified to carry on offering the thrill associated with the Stinger moniker.

The upcoming Kia EV8 is most likely to be the electric version of the popular Stinger. Codenamed GT1, the electric sedan could be called EV8, in line with the nomenclature the Korean auto giant is adopting for its electric vehicles. At present, the EV6 and EV9 are on sale in various markets across the globe. Hence, EV8 will position itself for the performance enthusiasts. There are numerous details available for the EV8 on Korean Car Blog. Let us glance through this to know what to expect from the electric Stinger.

Kia Stinger Front Three Quarters
Kia Stinger Front Three Quarters

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Kia EV8 Stinger Electric – Specs & Platform

A few leaked documents have pretty valuable information regarding the new platform on which the EV8 will be based in addition to the kind of battery and electric motor setup it will utilize. Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) will showcase a new platform called eM. It will be the successor to the existing E-GMP available with pure EVs from HMG (including Hyundai, Kia and Genesis).

In terms of powertrain options, Kia EV8 will have something to suit the need of every buyer. As per the leaked document, the Kia Stinger Electric could boast the biggest battery in any Kia car at 113.2 kWh. For reference, EV9 currently gets powers from a 99.8 kWh battery pack. Hence, we could expect the EV8 to boast a range of around 700-800 km as per WLTP (435-497 mi).

This battery pack will power either a single motor (RWD) making 160 kW (218 hp), a dual-motor (AWD) generating 320 kW (435 hp) [160 kW front + 160 kW rear] or a performance-focused GT trim with a dual-motor (AWD) belting out a whopping 450 kW (612 hp) [200 kW front + 250 kW rear]. We might see the launch by the end of 2025 or beginning of 2026. Production will occur at Kia’s Hwaseong Plant 3 in South Korea.

SpecsKia EV8
Battery 113.2 kWh
Power (RWD)160 kW (218 hp)
Power (AWD)320 kW (435 hp) [160 kW front + 160 kW rear]
Power (AWD – GT)450 kW (612 hp) [200 kW front + 250 kW rear]
Range700 – 800 km (435-497 mi)
Kia Stinger Front Three Quarters
Kia Stinger Front Three Quarters

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Learn Electric Cars Says

With legacy automakers transitioning into electrification vehemently, it is evident that we are about to experience almost every kind of vehicle with an electric heart. The industry is focusing on mass-market and efficient EVs to offer something attractive to most new car buyers. But there will always be that niche set of customers who want spirited performance from their cars. In the electric realm, products like EV8 could cater to those people. Hence, it would be interesting to see how well driving lovers embrace such EVs.

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