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The Next-Gen STI Is Done But A New Subaru WRX Competition Car Is Coming

Even though the next-generation STI with a turbocharged Boxer engine is gone, performance fans still have a new 2022 Subaru WRX to look forward to soon. Check out the new competition car coming later this year.
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Subaru of America and Subaru Tecnica International will not build a next-generation STI with a turbocharged Boxer engine, but that doesn’t mean they are done bringing a new competition model for fans. Subaru of America is committed to a new generation of performance cars for motorsport in the U.S. now and in the future.

Subaru of America’s motorsports manager William Stokes spoke with DirtFish and told them a new 2022 WRX competition car is coming soon. “Subaru of America remains committed to motorsports success through our efforts with Subaru Motorsports USA,” said Stokes.

2022 Subaru WRX, next-generation WRX

“We plan to defend our American Rally Association (ARA) and Nitro Rallycross championships in 2022 with our current internal-combustion vehicles and have already undertaken the development of a next-generation competition version of the 2022 WRX.”

The new 2022 WRX competition car will be built by Subaru’s long-term factory racing partner Vermont SportsCar. Subaru remains tight-lipped as to what exactly this new “competition” car will be for the time being, but the new vehicle will be a WRX and not carry the STI badge.

2022 Subaru WRX, next-generation WRX

Stokes also told DirtFish Subaru is exploring opportunities to race in electric motorsport in the future but didn’t give details about its involvement.

“Subaru of America, Subaru Corporation, and Subaru Tecnica International are currently evaluating opportunities in electrified motorsports, as demonstrated by the announcement of the STI E-RA concept at the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon,” he said.

Subaru Corporation and Subaru Tecnica International will test the new STI E-RA electrified performance car and try to set a track record at the Nurburgring next year. The new electric car produces 1073 horsepower with its high-torque high-revolution type motors.

A new 2022 Subaru WRX competition car will likely get a new 600-horsepower 2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer engine. It’s good news for performance enthusiasts as Subaru of America remains committed to motorsports in North America. Stay tuned.

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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. Check out 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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EVs suck. Subaru has now bowed low to the globalist scum. You do know, that after 90,000 miles that EVs have a greater carbon footprint than regular ICE vehicles? Do not consider putting “STI” on ANYTHING but a turbo charged car. Get rid of the sti then so that those of us who have an actual sti can enjoy the original, superior car. Subaru you sold out. Lost respect for you.
I totally agree with you!
I don't know if I necessarily put all the blame on Subaru. Toyota owns 40 percent of Subaru. They are the largest shareholder. This gives them immense leverage in the board room. I find it peculiar that the king of the rally inspired segment ( STi) gets canceled at the last minute despite being rumored to be 90 percent ready to go then Toyota unveils a rally car of their own just days after. (GR Corolla)
I don't put the blame solely in Subaru. Toyota owns 40% stake in Subaru making it the largest shareholder. This gives it immense leverage in the board room. I find it peculiar that the rally inspired segments grand champion (STi) would be canceled out of the blue when it was said to be ready for debut only to have Toyota unveil its rally car contender ( GR Corolla) just a matter of days afterwards. I think everyone can connect the dots here.