Not content with being left behind by German hyper hatchbacks, Subaru is planning an all-new WRX STI that will pack a rumoured 294 kW.
Pictured is the Subaru WRX STI S209 from 2019 - the most focused and agile STI on the current platform.
Thanks to the good folk at BestCarWeb.jp, the new Subaru WRX STI is earmarked for a Japanese market debut in March 2022. Given how effortlessly dual-clutch-equipped German hatchbacks like the Golf R and A45 S dispatch the current-shape WRX STI, Subaru will be going all-out to try ensure the playing field is levelled and the reputation for big scalps is restored.
The source goes quite in-depth with the changes, including a new platform that's shared by the Levorg. There will be enhanced rigidity too, but the real focus is on the engine.
The 2.4-litre direct-injection turbocharged FA24 which features in the Subaru Ascent SUV forms the basis of the new WRX STI, but it will be extensively tuned to match the outputs of its German rivals. Disappointingly, it's claimed the Subaru WRX STI will stick with a 6-speed manual gearbox, which will require an expert hand to get the best out of it. Every rival has gone either the torque-converter route or the dual-clutch gearbox route, enabling ease of use and improved off-the-line performance.
Being petrolheads at heart, we're hoping the gold wheels, lurid blue paint and in-your-face wing are part of the package too. We'll keep tabs on this and update as soon as we hear more.
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