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Subaru Puts Next-Generation WRX STI On ICE - A New Electric STI Is Next

Subaru will not offer the next-generation 2023 WRX STI with a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine. An all-electric STI is coming next.

If you want the last 2021 Subaru WRX STI with a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine, you need to act quickly. The last Subaru WRX STI with an internal combustion engine will be the 2021 model year. Subaru of America announced the next-generation 2023 Subaru WRX STI would not have a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine like the 2022 WRX, and the Japanese automaker is moving towards an all-electric STI.

It was a surprise announcement from Subaru of America as the Camden, N.J. automaker made the announcement, and the report didn't come from Subaru Corporation in Japan.

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Subaru did give performance fans an idea of the future at the Tokyo Motor Salon when they unveiled the STI E-RA Concept 1073 horsepower electric sports car. Subaru said it was a "near-future" challenge project developed to gain experience and training of new technologies in the world of motorsports in this carbon-neutral era focused on combating global warming."

Now we know the future electric Subaru WRX STI is coming a lot sooner than anyone expected. In the announcement by Subaru, they said to meet the demands of the "changing marketplace" and the government regulations for greenhouse gasses and zero emissions, "a next-generation internal combustion engine WRX STI will not be produced based upon the new WRX platform."

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The 2022 WRX will be the last performance sedan with an internal combustion engine, and the STI will now move towards electrification. Subaru left the door open for a hybrid STI and said they are "exploring opportunities for the next-generation Subaru WRX STI, including electrification."

Subaru did not say when the next-generation Subaru WRX STI will make its global reveal. We know Subaru and Subaru Tecnica International will attempt a record lap at the Nurburgring in 2023. Subaru said they would use the all-electric performance car in other driving experiments, including circuits in Japan, starting in 2022.

Subaru Corporation and Subaru Tecnica International will now use the 1073 horsepower all-electric STI E-RA high-performance sports car to develop its electric all-wheel-drive technology in the next-generation WRX STI performance sedan. Subaru of America says they will incorporate the electric STI technology in its new generation vehicles, including the Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, Ascent, and other new models.

It was a surprise, as Subaru says they will not offer the next-generation 2023 WRX STI with a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine. An all-electric STI is coming next.

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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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Zeek (not verified)    March 12, 2022 - 11:23AM

Not surprised, agenda 2030.
Klaus schwab wants no combustion engines, only green energy, its all by design what is happening.

Derek Zorn (not verified)    March 12, 2022 - 11:07PM

Less then 2% of cars in North America are EV’s. There is simply no way to charge 135 million EV’s in the US. California can’t even supply its daily energy needs in the summer time when temp rise. Rolling black outs and spare the air days are a joke.

Steve (not verified)    March 13, 2022 - 11:41AM

Depressing news for auto industry. EVs are inevitable. So are the future 400-600 month electric bills because the grids are loaded. Energy is still bought by consumer, its just going to change the industry that gets the fat profits.

Max (not verified)    July 10, 2022 - 9:30AM

In reply to by Steve (not verified)

Inevitable? You mean governments and massive asset management companies with agendas twisting arms to enact their ideology? It's why you see status seeking managerial class types driving subsided Tesla's. Forced ≠ inevitable.