Why the next-gen Subaru WRX STI is likely to be all-electric

The next-generation Subaru WRX STI will most likely be a silent electric car. As Subaru’s focus turns to the future, one where it intends to make greener/sustainable cars, there is no place for a gas-powered Subaru WRX STI.

Subaru has announced that it won’t produce a performance version (STI) based on the new WRX platform. The company acknowledges that the STI and WRX STI have been integral parts of its business. And so, it is considering “incorporating the essence of STI” into its next-gen vehicles. It is evaluating other ways of launching an all-new WRX STI, including electrification.

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.

Subaru press statement released on March 11, 2022
2022 Subaru WRX STI Sport R in Japan
In Japan, Subaru offers the second-gen WRX (called WRX S4) as an STI model. However it isn’t a full-blown WRX STI with a highly modified engine or chassis. Image Source: Subaru

Subaru doesn’t say it, but there’s really only one question left for the future of STI – is it going to be an EV? A 100% battery-powered WRX STI Electric developed on the e-SUBARU Global Platform that debuted in the Subaru Solterra could be the perfect solution in this case.

Subaru STI E-RA Concept

The Subaru Solterra STI Concept and the quad-motor Subaru STI E-RA Concept that debuted at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2022 have indicated that the company is evaluating STI EVs. For Subaru to launch a WRX STI electric, a WRX EV would have to arrive first, as selling a standalone high-performance EV in this segment hardly makes a business case. Here the collaboration for jointly developed twins with Toyota, like with the Solterra, presents an opportunity.

Subaru STI E-RA Concept front three quarter
The Subaru STI E-RA Concept sports 4 individual motors attached to the wheels. They get energy from a 60 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and collectively generate 800 kW (1,072 hp). Image Source: Subaru

The gas-powered second-gen Subaru WRX that debuted in September 2021 costs USD 29,105 onwards in the U.S.

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