The 2023 Subaru WRX STI launch is still one year away as it will make its global reveal next fall. But Subaru just released a new video showing the S4 WRX with an STI badge. The S4 is Subaru Japan's version of the WRX and the U.S.-spec model was just uncovered for the North American market.
We aren't sure why the 2022 WRX S4 has an STI badge unless Subaru Corporation is testing a new S4 STI model for its customers in Japan. The U.S. will get an all-new WRX STI with a new 2.4-liter turbocharged engine and an increase in horsepower over the outgoing EJ25 2.5-liter engine.
The redesigned STI will get additional Subaru Tecnica International engine upgrades over the 2022 WRX, just revealed by Subaru of America. The new WRX only comes with a three-horsepower increase for its new FA24 2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer engine.
Reports say the 2023 Subaru STI will have nearly 400 horsepower, but we think the all-new fifth-generation STI will have a modest bump from the current 2021 model year's 310 horsepower.
The new Subaru video released yesterday shows the WRX S4 carving corners, and the next-generation performance sedan has the same styling as the U.S.-specification 2022 WRX. Performance fans in the U.S. loathe the black plastic wheel arch cladding.
Fans say it looks like a Crosstrek small SUV and call the new exterior look the "WRX Trek." Most fans think the new fenders make the wheels look tiny and out of proportion.
The all-new redesigned 2023 Subaru WRX STI is coming next year, and it could be late winter before it's available in the U.S. market. There are more delays with the global microchip shortage shutting down production in Gunma, Japan, where the performance-tuned STI is manufactured.
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