Subaru's Stylish Levorg Wagon Now Has WRX Power

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But it remains forbidden fruit in the US.

For the few buyers still looking for a sporty wagon, there are pitifully few options on offer in the US. Yes, the Audi RS6 Avant and Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo are fantastic, but not many can afford them. Volvo's wagons are excellent, but both the V60 and V90 will be discontinued for 2022.

It makes wagons like the Subaru Levorg even more enticing, but the Levorg is forbidden fruit in the US and that's unlikely to change anytime soon. To add salt to the wound, Subaru has just announced an improved Levorg that notably gains a more powerful 2.4-liter turbocharged engine.

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When the new Levorg was announced last year, its powerplant was a 1.8-liter four-cylinder boxer with turbocharging that produced 177 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Now, the Japanese market can opt for the new Levorg STI Sport R with the bigger 2.4-liter engine. This is the same engine that's used in the new WRX Sedan, and that would give the latest Levorg outputs of 271 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The sole transmission is a continuously variable automatic, so no manual is on the menu, unfortunately. As usual, Subaru's all-wheel-drive system is standard.

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Subaru has made a couple of other changes to the Levorg lineup like adding an optional sunroof, making changes to the iSight driver-assistance suite, and introducing new colors like Ceramic White, Sapphire Blue Pearl, and Ignition Red. Both a regular STI Sport R and a better-equipped STI Sport R EX are on offer. Like the STI Sport, they come with STI badging and a hood intake. In Japan, the Levorg STI Sport R starts at 3,990,000 yen which is equivalent to around $34,500. The STI Sport R EX, meanwhile, begins at 4,340,000 yen which works out to around $37,600. These prices do, however, exclude a consumption tax in Japan. Still, the more powerful Levorg wagon seems like a brilliant mix of performance, style, practicality, and value - it's a pity we can't experience it for ourselves.

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