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Is This The All-New Electric Subaru STI? It Can’t Get Here Fast Enough

Subaru uncovered the Sport Mobility Concept at the Japan Mobility Show. Is it a forerunner of the all-new Subaru STe? It can't get here fast enough for performance fans.


When Subaru dropped the WRX STI and kept the WRX, performance fans were undoubtedly disappointed. Now, Subaru Corporation teases a new electric Sport Concept that could be a forerunner to the new all-electric Subaru WRX STI that could be the new STe (Subaru Tecnica electric). 

I have been covering the Subaru brand for decades, and I know the new STe will look very different from the concept model displayed at the Japan Mobility Show. Remember the 2015 Subaru WRX concept? Enough said. 

Is this the 2027 Subaru STe?

When will Subaru launch the all-new electric STI?

As I wrote in March, 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.

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.

The 2027 Subaru STe forerunnerA recent report from MotorTrend that I covered in August said Subaru will launch the new STe electric performance car in three years with an on-sale date in late 2026 as a 2027 model year. 

How much will the new STe EV cost?

The report said because of new production costs and that the new Subaru STe performance car will be the flagship of Subaru Tecnica International's performance division, a $55,000 starting price for a new electrified version is reasonable to expect.

What will the new Subaru STe look like?

More recently, Automotive News said that in the future, Subaru will engineer and design its EVs, and the company is working on a unique design language. 

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."

Tokano says to improve the new high-performance EV's aerodynamics, the air intake in the lower front fascia feeds through a duct exiting in the middle of the hood to channel the air smoothly over the windshield and roof.

My take.

The new Subaru performance STe will have impressive torque and be faster and quicker off the line than the last 2022 WRX STI. I think 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. 

We know from Subaru's other concepts that the new STI will look very different from the concept model unveiled last week. As I have covered the new STI development, fans can soon count on Subaru Corporation to match high performance with eco-electric in a new all-electric STe. Performance fans wish it would get here faster. Stay tuned.

Now it's your turn. Are you excited about a new electric Subaru STI, or will you stay with a gas model?

Thanks for reading, everyone. I hope you enjoyed this Subaru STe 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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