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2 Reasons Why The Next-Generation Subaru STI Is Now Delayed Another Year

The next-generation 2022 Subaru WRX will make its global launch sometime next fall. Why is the new STI launch delayed a full year?

It's been a long wait for the next-generation Subaru STI to make its global launch, and it's getting longer. The global coronavirus pandemic threw a proverbial monkey wrench into the timing of the development and launch of both the next-generation sport-tuned WRX and performance-tuned STI.

Recently leaked reports say the WRX will now make its global debut next fall 2021. The same report reveals the higher-performance WRX STI won’t make it’s debut until the fall of 2022, a full year later. Why is the new STI launch delayed a full year? A report from the Japanese website BestCarWeb says there are two reasons why the STI is delayed a whole year after the WRX.

2022 Subaru WRX STI, next-generation STI

The Japanese website reports the WRX and STI will both get the 2.4-liter FA24 direct-injection turbocharged Boxer powerplant. Their sources close to Subaru tell them it’s taking time for Subaru engineers to develop the two FA24 engines with two different powertrains with entirely other internal parts and horsepower ratings. The STI also requires various suspension upgrades over the milder WRX.

The next-generation WRX could get as much as 295 horsepower. The current generation 2.0-liter turbocharged engine produces 268 horsepower and the STI 210 horsepower. The performance-tuned STI should get 400 horsepower when the revamped sports car arrives in 2022, if reports are accurate.

2022 Subaru WRX STI, next-generation STI

The second reason for the delay is the STI’s new 2.4-liter high-performance engine is built for performance, not to reduce CO2 emissions. Subaru Corporation needs to have the lowest total CO2 emissions to meet fuel Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations. It’s the reason Subaru will launch its all-electric SUV being developed with Toyota so they can reduce the fuel consumption of Subaru vehicles as a whole.

Before Subaru releases the STI for sale, the Japanese automaker could also bring out new Outback, Ascent, and Legacy hybrid models in the U.S. and global markets to reduce overall fleet emissions.

Look for the next-generation 2022 Subaru WRX STI to have improved fuel efficiency over the current EJ25 2.5-liter engine even with the higher performance.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press and the founder of Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Daniel Parmenter (not verified)    September 2, 2020 - 8:24AM

Subaru failed us when they took away the performance legacy. The best legacy is still 2005 to 2009. Not all men want to be boy racers.

Andrew Lanutti (not verified)    September 9, 2020 - 4:26PM

Recently purchased 2020 Sti and love the EJ 2.5 Motor. The new motor will have serious carbon build up problems and the expense of cleaning it all the time. Having power steering over electric steering is also great. 310 HP is plenty in current version. They should have used the 6 Cylinder SVX motor that was in the SVX and Turbo Charged that for the new Sti.

Gilbert J Bandry (not verified)    September 18, 2020 - 10:33AM

It would be terrific if the new STI had a turbocharged version of the 3.6 liter of the before-2020 MY Legacy. It, plus a seven-gear manual transmission would make it into a REAL STI. I currently own a 2017MY Legacy 3.6R Limited and before that I had a 2015MY STI Limited. Both cars are excellent so, the suggested upgrades would make me buy one ipso facto.