Subaru kills the fifth generation WRX STI

Subaru announced late on March 11th that they would not be making the Subaru WRX STI for this current generation. After months of teasing new WRX options and even releasing what was then considered a concept WRX STI, Subaru is giving fans a severe shock.

The official statement doesn’t say much about the future of the Subaru WRX STI and what’s next for the 2022 Subaru WRX relay a message. But one thing is clear: there won’t be a fifth-generation model, and there most likely won’t be another pure combustion WRX STI.

No fifth generation for the WRX STI for the time being

Subaru keeps a low profile when it comes to final plans for future STI cars. The statement only states that “a next-generation internal combustion engine, WRX STI, will not be produced based on the new WRX platform.” The reason for this sudden and heartbreaking change?

“As the automotive market continues to move toward electrification, Subaru is focused on how our future sports and performance cars should evolve to meet the demands of the changing market and Greenhouse Gas (GHG), Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) regulations and requirements to be fair. , and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ).”

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Is Subaru suggesting the next WRI STI will be an all-electric vehicle? It can follow in the slower, more humble footsteps of the Subaru Crosstrek and try its luck as a hybrid.

There’s also no mention in Subaru’s statement of when to expect a new WRX STI. If no new STI appears in the fifth generation, which was released just this year, fans will probably wait years before they see the well-known rear wing in a showroom again. At the moment fans can only speculate – and hope for the best result.

2021 Subaru WRX ST | Subaru

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A brief history of the WRX STI

From the legendary rear wing to its rally car roots, the WRX STI (Subaru Tecnica International) has captured the hearts of car fans for decades. jalopnik recalled that the first true WRX STI landed on the scene in 1994, piloted by Colin McRae in the World Rally Championship, but the STI name was not available to buy in the US until 2004. Its 300 hp and kitschy but iconic gold wheels made it stand out in the compact car class.

The WRX STI started out as a four-door sedan and later morphed into the classic hot hatchback that gained a cult following. Subaru discontinued the WRX STI hatchback body style in 2015. The model hasn’t changed much since then, and fans have been eager to hear styling and performance specs for a fifth-generation WRX STI.

If you’ve settled on a classic Subaru WRX STI but have been waiting for the latest model, you may be stuck buying current models.

Dark front view of a 2020 Subaru WRX STI in blue.  Only the front end and the headlights of the car are visible

2020 Subaru WRX ST | Subaru

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What will happen to Subaru’s STI brand?

From Subaru’s statement, it’s unclear what will happen to the future of the Subaru WRX STI and other STI performance vehicles. More information could be released in the coming weeks, but there’s one brief phrase that jumps out: “We’re also looking forward to incorporating the essence of STI into our next generation of vehicles.”

Could this mean a possible future for other STI vehicles in the Subaru lineup? A BRZ STI? Crosstrek STI? Forester STI? With so much in the air, anything can happen.

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