Subaru has informed it will not build a next-generation internal-combustion-engine WRX STI on the basis of the new WRX platform.
The new-generation high-performance Subaru WRX STI will be electrified as follows from the recent announcement of the brand. Thus, the 2021 Subaru WRX STI is possibly the last STI model powered by an internal-combustion engine.
The company says that the ICE-powered STI version will not be produced “based upon the new WRX platform”, obviously meaning Subaru’s Global Platform that underpins the regular WRX sedan and all current Subaru vehicles except for a rear-wheel-drive BRZ.
The carmaker claims it works on adapting its future sports cars and performance STI lineup to modern regulations for emissions and fuel economy.
Certainly, this means electrification, but we have a vague idea now if that announced electrification will be full (EVs) or partial (hybrids), and if any gasoline variants remain or be abandoned.
The new 2022 Subaru WRX is on sale now priced from $30,100 (base model) to $42,890 (GT model). There are three trim levels, either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a Subaru Performance Transmission; Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Active Torque Vectoring for all WRXs. The base engine is a new 2.4-liter turbocharged Subaru BOXER making 271 hp and 258 lb-ft.