Subaru WRX STI - Why It’s Flying Off Dealer Lots Before All-New Models Arrive
Usually, before a major remodel, a vehicle declines, but the 2021 Subaru WRX and WRX STI speed up. It helps when Subaru picks up another Best Performance Brand award from Kelly Blue Book, and the 2021 Subaru WRX and WRX STI are doing well before the 2022 Subaru WRX and STI arrive.
Subaru of America reported the 2021 WRX and STI had 2,290 total sales in March, a 69.1 percent increase over March 2020. And the performance sedans are up 22.6 percent year to date. Subaru has delivered 5,566 WRX and STI to customers in the first quarter of 2021 compared with 4,540 last year. A new report from KBB says the WRX and STI are the best new sports cars.
Why are the 2021 WRX and STI selling well?
Despite needing a total remodel, both 2021 Subaru WRX and WRX STI are excellent sports car values. Torque News reported the WRX and STI drop in value less than all other sports cars and are the top sports cars to buy new over used.
Subaru WRX and STI are an excellent value for sports car shoppers with a 5-year depreciation of 39.8 percent and the second-best model behind the Porsche 911 at 36.0 percent. Most sports cars depreciate 41.6 percent on average.
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The lower drop in value will benefit buyers of the WRX and STI by getting a lower lease payment, and you'll get more when it comes time to trade your performance car in for a next-generation model down the road.
Another report from iSeeCars reveals the sport-tuned 2020 Subaru WRX and performance-tuned STI are in high demand and the fastest-selling new sports cars in North America. They take just 69.8 days to sell when the average sports car takes 107.2 days to move off the dealer's lot.
So you might not find the exact color and trim you want. You also won't find any deals on the 2021 Subaru WRX and WRX STI performance sedans because Subaru retailers know they are in short supply.
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Are there discounts or special pricing on the WRX and STI?
Currently, Subaru offers 2.49 percent financing on 2021 WRX and $325/month on a 36-month lease. Subaru retailers sell every 2021 STI model they get now, so look for the 2021 models to be in high demand.
What is the price of the 2021 Subaru WRX and STI?
The 2021 WRX comes in base 6-speed manual (MT) priced at $28,420, Premium 6MT ($30,970), Premium CVT automatic ($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 ($2,100.) The second options package includes navigation, Harman Kardon amplifier and speakers, blind-spot detection/rear cross-traffic alert, reverse auto brake, and high beam assist (cost $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.)
There won't be any special pricing discounts on the 2021 Subaru WRX STI performance-tuned models even before the next-generation remodel.
What's next for the 2022 Subaru WRX?
Both the 2022 WRX and STI are expected to get a new 2.4-liter FA24 turbocharged Boxer engine upgrade with additional power. Look for the WRX close to 300 horsepower, and the STI could approach 400 horsepower with the new engine.
When can I buy the 2022 Subaru WRX STI?
Subaru should begin producing the all-new 2022 WRX during the fall of 2021, but fans will have to wait for the next-generation 2022 WRX STI to roll out a year later. Torque News will bring the latest next-generation WRX and STI news.
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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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