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Subaru Announces Hot STI Hatch for Japan [Video]

Subaru will launch a new hot hatch Levorg STI this summer. Will it ever reach US shores?

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Subaru has confirmed through their Japan website that a new 2017 Subaru Levorg STI hot hatch will be launched this summer. Unfortunately for performance fans, it’s only going to be offered in Japan. There is no word yet whether the Levorg STI will be available in Australia and Europe, the only other global markets where the Levorg sports tourer is sold. We do know, it won’t be coming to the U.S. market.

Subaru and Subaru Tecnica International (STI) have not revealed any other details about the STI hatchback, but its been reported that it will be powered by a 2.0-liter twin scroll turbocharged boxer engine that comes in the WRX. Details of the engine specs will be announced closer to dealer launch.

Levorg STI Concept unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Salon

In the video below, several Subaru engineers talk about the new Levorg STI and it can be seen being driven on public roads somewhere in Germany, where it was likely there being tested at the Nurburgring. Like the Levorg STI Concept, this model in the video comes with a CVT automatic likely from the WRX. Subaru may not offer it with a 6-speed manual gearbox.

Watch the Levorg STI video

The Levorg STI Concept came fitted with STI-designed 18-inch aluminum wheels, red-wine and black two-tone color interior features and exclusive STI-tuned dampers. Subaru says “exhilarating handling performance” has been delivered.

The Levorg STI hot hatch will not be sold in the U.S. and only available in Japan. We’ll have to wait to see if it’s offered in Australia and European markets. The new 2017 Subaru Levorg STI will be another model U.S. fans can only look at and not touch. Levorg STI will launch in Japan this summer.

Image source: Subaru

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