Subaru WRX STI will no longer live with an internal combustion engine

Rallycross and vape enthusiasts everywhere received a blow Friday afternoon in the form of a press release from Subaru. Five sentences are enough for the Subaru media team to declare that there will be no STI follow-up to coincide with the release of the latest WRX, in a bid to revitalize the brand as a major electric vehicle player.

Growing demands for cleaner emissions have once again fallen on the consumer, as Subaru says it is “exploring opportunities” when it comes to the next generation of STI-branded vehicles.

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Heroes are remembered, but legends never die

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New Jersey news marks the latest performance vehicle to get the chop, joining the Aventador, Evora and AMG GT R, as automakers race to deliver the next line of performance-focused vehicles, without gasoline transmission.

Read in full, the statement said:

CAMDEN, NJ, March 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As the automotive market continues to move towards electrification, Subaru is focused on how our future sports and performance cars should evolve to meet the needs of the market developments and regulations and requirements for greenhouse gases (GHGs), zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) and company average fuel consumption (CAFÉ).

As part of this effort, Subaru Corporation is exploring opportunities for the next generation Subaru WRX STI, including electrification. In the meantime, a next-generation WRX STI internal combustion engine will not be produced based on the new WRX platform.

The Subaru WRX STI and the STI brand represent the zenith of Subaru performance vehicles, exemplifying Subaru’s unique rallying DNA and heritage. As we look to the future, we also look forward to integrating the essence of STI into our next generation of vehicles.”

The all-new WRX debuted to less than stellar reviews, due to its new plastic coating, ever-increasing MSRP, and general feeling that it was no longer worthy of the WRX brand. In recent years, the aging bones of the STI have come under increasing scrutiny as they attempt to justify a high price tag, for what was essentially a 15-year-old powertrain, coupled with stagnant performance.

It will be interesting to see which vehicle will carry the STI name, although we know for certain that it won’t be gas-powered.

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WRX STI: Remembering an Icon

Subari STI S209
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The Impreza, more specifically the WRX, forged its place in rallying history from its debut in 1994. Starting what we now call a dynasty, the STI-tuned Impreza WRC model finished second in 1994 , before winning back-to-back Subaru manufacturers’ titles in 1995, 1996 and 1997.

Over the years, Subaru has won 47 WRC victories thanks to STI and WRX, making it the most successful Japanese manufacturer in rally history. With the help of legendary drivers such as Colin McRae, Richard Burns, Petter Solberg and Toshihiro Arai, Subaru have established themselves as one of the most respected teams on the WRC scene.

The discontinuation of the STI further shrinks the rally-inspired street car segment, placing the weight of gearheads everywhere, squarely on the shoulders of the Ford Fiesta ST, Hyundai i20 N and Toyota GR Yaris.

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