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7 Reasons Why You Should Wait For The Next-Gen Subaru WRX STI

Are you ready for the Subaru WRX STI to return after a five-year hiatus? Here is why the new STe will be worth the wait.

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As I wrote recently, performance enthusiasts have much to look forward to now that Subaru Corporation has recently filed for a patent for the "STe" (Subaru Tecnica electric) nameplate. 

Subaru Tecnica International will evolve from building high-performance internal combustion (ICE) turbocharged Boxer horizontally-opposed engines to new eco-performance electric models.

2027 Subaru WRX STI renderingSubaru Corporation has not given up on its performance division and racing partner, Subaru Tecnica International (STI). Subaru will return the WRX STI in an all-new, all-electric performance model called the STe.

Here are seven reasons why the new electric STI will be worth the wait.

1. The number one reason is more power.

The new Subaru performance STe will have impressive torque and be faster and quicker off the line than the last 2022 WRX STI. Performance fans will be surprised at the electric STe's power. Subaru won't have to worry about fuel mileage and emissions that currently limit the gas models. 

2027 Subaru WRX STI rear view

2. Subaru has the STI E-RA.

Subaru Corporation and Subaru Tecnica International will use the 1073 horsepower all-electric STI E-RA high-performance sports car to develop its electric all-wheel-drive technology in the next-generation STe performance sports car. Are you ready for extreme power?

3. Subaru is ramping up its performance division.

Subaru Corporation has not given up on its performance division and racing partner, Subaru Tecnica International (STI). Subaru will return the WRX STI in an all-new, all-electric performance model called the STe.

4. More agile handling

Daisuke Tokano, general manager in charge of EV design, said the Sports Concept unveiled in Tokyo "Plays with possibilities for one of the future entries, a rallycross-styled sporty hatchback that evokes the vibe of a WRX. The short front and rear overhangs are envisioned as enabling dynamic car jumping and agile handling."

5. A unique design language

What will the new Subaru STe look like? Automotive News said that in the future, Subaru will engineer and design its EVs, and the company is working on a unique design language. The new electric STI won't look anything like the previous generation model. 

6. Subaru Corporation has a new sheriff in town. 

Subaru's new President and CEO, Atsushi Osaki, is shaking things up in a big way. It's good news for performance fans. 

At a recent press conference, Automotive News reports that Osaki said, "We at Subaru want to survive the age of electrification by being nimble. We will implement various systems while focusing on flexibility and expansion." He said the U.S., which constitutes Subaru's biggest market by far, still holds lots of potential. "I believe we can still grow our sales in the U.S.," the new CEO said.

7. It's a brave new world, and anything is possible.

The future has never been brighter, and Subaru's best performance car days are ahead of them, with more coming soon. Just not soon enough for Subaru's fanbase. 

It's good news for Subaru customers as the Japanese automaker looks to accelerate plans to offer new eco-performance models with the brand's core values of fun-to-drive, outdoor-themed, performance-oriented all-wheel-drive vehicles. There is a new sheriff in town. Stay tuned.

Thanks for reading, everyone. I hope you enjoyed this Subaru STI story. See you tomorrow for my latest Subaru Report.

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I am Denis Flierl, a 12-year Torque News senior writer with 20+ years of Subaru and automotive journalism experience. I enjoy bringing you, the Subaru fans and customers, the most up-to-date Subaru news, reviews, and new model information. You'll find the latest Subaru stories on the Subaru page. Follow me on my The Dirty Subaru website, Dirty Subaru blogSubaruReportAll Subaru, WRXSTI, @DenisFlierlFacebook, and Instagram.

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btao (not verified)    December 5, 2023 - 10:35AM

As much as I wish for a new gen STi ICE version, this is the future, and I'm happy surprised that Subaru is moving this direction. As the prior owner of 2 STi's and 3 WRX's, I'm a fan. But I'm also a realist and an engineer. Gas is expensive. ICE maintenance is expensive and never ending. I've done the work on all my cars for 30 years. There is so much less to go wrong with an EV. I'm honestly tired of my cars eventually breaking and being worthless. Modern EV batteries will last 300-500,000 miles before the owner sees reduced performance. That FAR outlasts any ICE cars I could want to buy. And performance. Wow. ICE just cannot compete. Almost any dual motor variant of any EV will outperform the WRX and last STi. By far. My next car is planning to be the Volvo EX30 Cross Country. It's more or less the EV version of the Crosstrek Wilderness. And guess what? 422 horsepower. There's just not much argument left. Imagine a crosstrek with 422hp lol. Well, that's my plan. Sorry Subaru. That is unless if the STi comes out soon enough and truly impresses and competes with the likes of the Model 3, the EV6, Mach-E, Polestars, etc.