Next-gen model is going to be awesome.
The Subaru WRX STI is a cult Japanese sports car that needs no real introduction. This AWD beast has seen motorsport success both on and off the road and is a true enthusiasts car. Back in February, we reported on Subaru's exciting new plans for the WRX STI, which included the news that an all-new 2.4-liter boxer turbo, codenamed FA24 ( shared with the current Accent crossover) would produce 400 horsepower and 361 lb-ft of torque in the next-gen model. Now a rendering of the rear-end released by Spyder 7 give us a better picture of what the new WRX STI could look like. The car is expected to make an official appearance in the second half of 2021 or the first half of 2022 if anything gets delayed.
The current generation WRX STI is set to be discontinued along with the legendary EJ20 engine. The next-generation car will adopt the Subaru Global Platform that's used in Subaru models such as the Levorg and current Impreza, which means the new WRX STI will enjoy improved body rigidity and overall increased chassis capability.
The exterior of the new vehicle will be based around the "VIZIV Performance STI Concept" released at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon. So what can we glean from the images provided? As with the concept car, the next-gen WRX STI will keep the traditionally massive curved wing in the rear, which is to be expected.
The rest of the rear-end features boomerang-style taillights which almost meet in the middle of the trunk lid. The exhaust exit of this render is the most interesting feature. The four exhaust exits are slanted to the outside and are stacked on top of each other. In between sits a massive diffuser giving the car a GT4 racer look. The panel gaps are highlighted with a red pinstripe. The next-gen car will be offered with a CVT transmission for the WRX, and a six-speed manual for the STI. According to Spyder 7, the rumored plug-in hybrid has been abandoned.