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Before Next-Generation, Subaru WRX And STI Finish The Year With A Big Lead

The 2021 Subaru WRX and WRX STI are now the best performing nameplates in Subaru's entire lineup in the percentage of sales increase. See what WRX and STI did to finish the year.

The 2022 Subaru WRX hasn't arrived yet, and performance enthusiasts aren't waiting for the next-generation sports car. Subaru of America reported December sales, and the 2021 WRX and WRX STI were up 3.5 percent with 2,037 performance models delivered to customers, compared with 1,968 in December 2020. Most Subaru nameplates except Impreza and BRZ saw sales declines to finish the month.

But even more impressive is the WRX and STI achieved annual sales of 27,141, a 28 percent increase in 2021. The performance models took the lead, now lead the entire Subaru lineup, and are the best performing nameplates in Subaru's entire lineup in the percentage of sales increase.

2022 Subaru WRX, next-generation WRX STI

The refreshed Subaru Crosstrek was next with an increase in 2021 of 6.5 percent, BRZ was up 2.3 percent, and Outback increased 0.9 percent to finish the year.

The outgoing Subaru WRX and WRX STI had 27,141 sales in 2021 compared with 21,141 performance models delivered to customers in 2020. The sports cars achieved this as Subaru continues to face supply chain shortages.

2022 Subaru WRX, next-generation WRX STI

The WRX and WRX STI contribute close to 5 percent of the Camden, N.J. automaker's total sales volume. Subaru of America sold 583,810 total vehicles for the entire year, a 4.6 percent decrease compared with the calendar year 2020.

What's next for the 2022 Subaru WRX and 2023 WRX STI?

When will the 2022 Subaru WRX be for sale in the U.S.?

Subaru says the 2022 WRX won't arrive until the spring, starting with models equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission. The all-new 2022 WRX GT with the Subaru Performance (8-speed automatic) Transmission will follow about one month later. Pricing will be announced early in 2022.

The next-generation 2023 Subaru WRX STI comes one year later

The 2023 Subaru WRX STI gets a complete redesign, and Subaru Corporation is now working on the next-generation STI. The 2023 Subaru WRX STI will arrive in 2022 with a 2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer engine, tuned by Subaru Tecnica International.

Subaru should introduce the new STI in the summer of 2022 and begin producing the all-new 2023 WRX STI during the fall of 2022. The STI won't make its dealer launch until early 2023.

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Stephen (not verified)    January 9, 2022 - 1:54AM

Your article completely missed the point. The headline should read "WRX and STI fans rush to get 2021 models before the universally hated new models debut."

The WRX Hat's transmission also isn't an "8 speed automatic" it's a CVT.

Gulo (not verified)    January 9, 2022 - 7:03AM

WRX/STI fans are probably trying to get the old body style before they have to settle for Civic tail aesthetics with their new car.

I don't think the 2022 looks THAT bad, but the previous gen IS more of a looker, IMO.

Benjamin Strand (not verified)    January 10, 2022 - 8:44AM

I just bought one of the last sti s built from this generation on the Dec 31st . Customers always want either the first new model year or the last available from the previous generation. Pretty sure that has added to the sales increase along with the hatred of the new look coming soon. I personally don't really hate the new one either but I wouldn't have been able to buy a sti for at least a year and pretty sure my current one will be sought after in the future. If the new one they come out with has substantially more power, i will upgrade to that one when it becomes available.