All you Stinger lovers had better dig deep to support the car because sales haven’t been as strong as Kia had hoped.

At this stage we hear there is no talk of going to a second generation model and that folks would be a crying shame.

Optima has gone to God and there’s nothing to say Stinger won’t follow — unless that is sales pick up.

If you’ve been hanging out to get your hands on one of these beauties then the new special Carbon Edition would be a perfect place to start.

Based on the 3.3-litre twin turbo GT it brings a raft of exclusive carbon fibre embellishments that set the Special Edition model apart from its siblings.

With carbon fibre door mirrors, grille surround, fender vents, rear skid plate and hood vent the Carbon Edition stands out as something a bit special.

Inside there is also a special Carbon Edition badge ahead of the gear lever and sporty Alcantara (suede leather) steering wheel.

Of course the main attraction remains the 3.3-litre twin turbo V6 that delivers 272kW of power and 510Nm of torque to the rear wheels through a smooth shifting 8-speed auto with paddle shifts.

At $67,990 drive away the Carbon Edition is available in the new Neon Orange, Micro Blue, Hichroma Red, Snow White Pearl and Aurora Black.

All models are covered by Kia’s industry-leading 7-Year Warranty, 7-Year Capped Price Service and 7-Year Roadside Assist program.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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