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The Subaru WRX And STI May Be Hard To Find In 2021 Ahead Of The New Model Change

Subaru announced production results as they make the model change from the 2020 Subaru WRX to the 2021 WRX and 2021 WRX STI. See what it means for performance car buyers.
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The current-generation Subaru WRX and WRX STI could be hard to find in 2021. Subaru Corporation made the model change from the 2020 Subaru WRX and WRX STI to the 2021 performance models. Subaru recently announced shipments of the WRX and STI declined this month due to the changeover.

What does it mean for performance customers in North America? As expected, the 2021 Subaru WRX and WRX STI get few changes ahead of a complete redesign for the 2022 model year change. The 2021 Subaru WRX, WRX STI, Forester, Crosstrek, and BRZ are all built at the Japanese automaker’s Gunma factory in Japan.

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Subaru says the sport-tuned 2021 WRX and performance-tuned 2021 WRX STI won’t begin arriving at U.S. retailers until March 2021 at the earliest. Until then, 2020 models will be hard to find or non-existent.

Subaru sells 66 percent of all its performance cars in the U.S., and the Japanese automaker prioritizes its customers in the U.S. market. Customers in the U.S. will get the sports cars first, but Subaru is also bringing the all-new 2022 BRZ in 2021, and it gets priority.

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Because of the tight supply, Subaru retailers won’t offer any special deals on either performance model. The 2021 Subaru WRX and STI will remain in demand even before the next-generation 2022 WRX arrives late next year. Subaru will likely limit production of the current-generation sports car as they did with the outgoing 2020 BRZ.

What is the price of the 2021 Subaru WRX and WRX STI?

The 2021 WRX comes in base 6-speed manual priced at $28,420, Premium 6MT ($30,970), Premium CVT ($32,870), Limited 6MT ($33,020), and Limited CVT ($34,920). Pricing includes destination and delivery ($925).

WRX has two option packages. Navigation, Harman Kardon amplifier and speakers, Blind-Spot Detection, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert costs $2,100. Navigation, Harman Kardon amplifier and speakers, Blind-Spot Detection/Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Reverse Auto Brake, and High Beam Assist priced at $2,400.

The 2021 WRX STI comes in base trim starting at $38,170, WRX STI Limited with Wing or low profile trunk spoiler ($$42,870). Pricing includes destination and delivery ($925). STI offers one option package; Recaro front seats ($2,250.)

If you want a 2021 Subaru WRX or STI, they won’t arrive until March 2021 at the earliest. If you are looking for a 2020 WRX or STI, they will be hard to find.

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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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