In a shocking move (that’ll reverberate across the automotive industry) Subaru has announced that the new STI won’t be coming anytime soon or even be based on the current WRX model. It’s also quite vague as to when exactly the next STI will be launched and that Subaru is also gearing towards an electric future for the beloved performance car.
Subaru’s statement is as follows:
“As the automotive marketplace continues to move towards electrification, Subaru is focused on how our future sports and performance cars should evolve to meet the needs of the changing marketplace and the regulations and requirements for greenhouse gasses (GHG), zero emissions vehicles (ZEV), and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE).
As part of that effort, Subaru Corporation is exploring opportunities for the next generation Subaru WRX STI, including electrification. In the meantime, a next generation internal combustion engine WRX STI will not be produced based upon the new WRX platform.
The Subaru WRX STI and the STI brand represent the zenith of Subaru’s performance vehicles exemplifying Subaru’s unique DNA and rally heritage. As we look to the future, we also look forward to incorporating the essence of STI into our next generation of vehicles.”
So there you have it, Subaru has officially ceased development and production for internal combustion-powered STI. Which now leaves the new WRX as the highest performance car in the Subaru lineup.