Subaru’s latest announcement that it wouldn’t offer a high performance STI version of the brand new 2022 WRX has left an enormous cloud of Impreza-shaped disappointment over the portion of the web inhabited by automotive followers.
We’d been ready to chop Subaru some slack over the unremarkable energy figures of the WRX’s new, 400 cc-larger engine on the understanding that there was extra to return for people who wished it. The 2023 WRX’s 2.4 liter boxer motor is rated at 271 hp (275 PS) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque, which isn’t a lot better than the 268 hp (272 PS) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) delivered by the outdated 2.0-liter automotive. However rumors urged the STI would are available in at round 300 horses.
As an alternative, we get nothing. A Subaru spokesmen told Road & Track that the automaker couldn’t justify creating a brand new WRX STI for a market that’s quickly switching to electrical energy. “If we designed [a new STI] now, it could have a really restricted shelf life,” Subaru director of company communications Dominick Infante mentioned. “The laws are altering so shortly that it type of wouldn’t make any sense.”
That’s the state of affairs within the U.S., however in Japan you can still buy a WRX STI. Form of. The catch is it’s not a standalone mannequin with distinct mechanical upgrades like we’re accustomed to seeing. It’s basically a trim degree that provides further gear to the Japanese-market WRX S4. The S4 is solely Japans’s model of the WRX and shares the identical primary engine because the North American automotive, however will get a 18 lb-ft (25 Nm) torque increase.
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The WRX S4 is on the market in 4 trim ranges, GT-H, GT-H EX, STI Sport R, and STI Sport R EX, the STI-badged variants getting Recaro entrance seats upholstered in Extremely Suede, purple stitching, carbon-look trim and aluminum pedals. STI variations additionally get an 11.6-inch touchscreen for the Starlink infotainment system and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster which isn’t fitted to U.S. automobiles or the low-spec GT-H Japanese automobiles. Subaru additionally recently unveiled STI concepts based mostly on the WRX S4, BRZ and Levorg on the Tokyo Auto Salon, every sporting daring aero add-ons.
That compares with the U.S. WRX, which is on the market in base, Premium, Restricted and GT kinds. Larger spec variations get a lot of the identical know-how because the Japanese STI-badged automotive, however no STI identification. However possibly that would (ought to?) change. Within the absence of a real standalone STI would you wish to see the STI badge seem as a trim degree on U.S. automobiles, or would that be a shame to a once-great identify? Depart a remark and tell us.