With Demand Soaring, Is Subaru Ready To Release Some Absolutely Bonkers Models?

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You know you want more STIs.

Sales for new Subaru models have been through the roof in 2015. The demand has been so overwhelming that the automaker had to ramp up production just to build enough cars for customers. Subarus have built up a reputation as tough and dependable workhorses that can survive extreme weather and ultra outdoorsy owners. However, the WRX and STI cater to a different clientele: the backwards hat, drifting aficionados. With sales soaring, Subaru is set to reveal three STI concepts at the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon.

The event, not to be confused with the Tokyo Motor Show which was in late October, runs from January 15 to 17. These three models will include the STI Performance Concept, the Levorg STI Concept, and the XV Hybrid STI Concept. The STI Performance Concept will be based on the BRZ and feature STI suspension and brake enhancements as well as a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine from the Super GT race car. The Levorg STI (basically a WRX wagon) will be based on the Levorg Wagon and feature a new front fascia, STI wheels, STI suspension, and red and black interior accents. Finally, the XV Hybrid Concept will appear in a very "non-Subaru" white with orange accents and feature aero and suspension upgrades.

The other STI models will be shown at the Tokyo Auto Salon when it kicks off. Subaru has let us down by not building concepts cars in the past. Hopefully it won't do so again and will be actually build another go-fast model to complement the existing WRX and WRX STI.

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