Subaru Hints At Greatness Of Next-Gen WRX STI

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We expect it to produce around 400 hp.

Subaru has just announced the pricing of its 2021 WRX and WRX STI high-performance sedans, but most enthusiasts are clamoring for details of the next-generation models. These are expected to debut next year as 2022 models, and although very little is known about them, the Japanese marque has slowly started to build anticipation.

Following the milestone 10,000th sale of a WRX STI in the Australian market, Subaru Australia hinted that "another two decades of adrenaline with the ultimate performance icon" is on the way, while also saying in a separate release that the next WRX STI will push the performance and technology envelope further than its predecessors.

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That's not much to go on, but it's the sort of statement that implies that the next WRX STI will truly be something special. The existing STI uses a 2.5-liter engine and, with the aid of turbocharging, produces 310 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque.

Rumors suggest that the new model will make 400 hp and 361 lb-ft of torque, which are hefty increases that should see the sporty sedan post some thrilling acceleration numbers. Hopefully, the new engine retains the unmistakable character and sound of the Boxer engine currently in use.

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The next-gen WRX and WRX STI will also look substantially different than they do now. The Japan-only Subaru Levorg is a distinctive wagon that previews the look of the new WRX/WRX STI. We can expect the sedans to look more refined than the current models, while still boasting elements like the aggressive hood scoops and trunk lid wings that are signatures of fast Subarus.

By 2030, Subaru wants a minimum of 40 percent of all its sales to be of either EVs or hybrids, which means that the WRX and WRX STI as we know them now could look vastly different in the future.

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