Is Subaru Preparing To Give Next-Gen WRX STI A Big Power Increase?
If reports are accurate, Subaru and Subaru Tecnica International are bringing out a new limited edition Subaru WRX STI TC380. Drive.com reports Subaru leaked an image of a new exclusive limited run TC380 WRX STI badge, and this model will only be sold in Japan. Other images have now surfaced.
It’s powered by the EJ20 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve dual AVCS twin scroll turbo Boxer that powers the newly-released WRX STI Type RA-R model. But if the information is correct, and we’ve been unable to confirm any of this, the TC380 could produce 380 horsepower. The report says the TC380’s frame rigidity was increase to handle the extra horsepower.
The EJ20 Boxer engine also received a GT III RS Sport turbo kit, a Super Turbo resonator, and a high-flow catalytic converter. Subaru rally driver Toshihiro Arai is said to be overseeing all the TC380 modifications. It will also come with a carbon fiber lip rear spoiler, not the STI wing, and Recaro bucket seats with the TC380 emblem.
Also inside the cabin, it gets TC380 badging on the dashboard and a numbered serial plate just below the shifter. A TC380 number plate inside the engine bay completes the appearance from a standard WRX STI. We aren’t sure what TC stands for, maybe Time Challenge?
The report says, the TC380 will be a limited run and Subaru will only produce 50 of the special WRX STI models. It comes on the heels of the WRX STI Type RA-R limited edition (500 units) Subaru released late this summer. That model sold out in the first day orders were released.
If it’s true Subaru bumped up power in this new TC380 to 380hp, could Subaru be getting ready to give the next-generation Subaru WRX STI a massive power increase? The current generation model has 310hp which is underpowered by today’s standards. Subaru is expected to launch the fourth-generation WRX STI sometime in 2020-2021. Stay tuned.
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