Subaru kills WRX STI as we know it

Subaru says it is not going to supply a new-generation WRX STI utilizing the present automotive’s structure – although it hasn’t dominated a return for the badge in electrified kind down the monitor.

It means a nameplate courting to 1994 goes into deep freeze.

In unhappy information for rally followers worldwide – fairly presumably nonetheless Mourning the loss of life of the Lancer Evo – Subaru says it merely could not make a brand new STI work in at the moment’s context.

Considerably unusually, an organization assertion went out on its US media web page, however not on its world press website (on the time of writing anyway).

“Because the automotive market continues to maneuver in the direction of electrification, Subaru is targeted on how our future sports activities and efficiency vehicles ought to evolve to fulfill the wants of the altering market and the laws and necessities for greenhouse gasses, zero emissions automobiles, and Company Common Gasoline Economic system ,” the corporate mentioned.

“… A subsequent era inner combustion engine WRX STI is not going to be produced based mostly upon the brand new WRX platform.”

The information means the new-generation WRX sedan and wagon – the latter bought abroad as Levorg – should fly the flag in Subaru’s efficiency line-up, alongside the second-generation BRZ coupe.

The corporate’s US arm did, nevertheless, recommend the nameplate may return on one thing electrified, be it BEV or hybrid in lieu of the famed turbocharged flat 4.

“Subaru Company is exploring alternatives for the subsequent era Subaru WRX STI, together with electrification,” it mentioned.

Subaru lately teased its efficiency EV plans with the Solterra STI idea, based mostly on its upcoming Toyota-twinning electrical SUV. It additionally revealed the manic STI E-RA idea, an 800kW quad-motor racer with proprietary four-wheel torque vectoring system.

Suabru could within the interim look to broaden its STI Efficiency Components vary, stating: “We additionally sit up for incorporating the essence of STI into our subsequent era of automobiles”.

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