2024 Subaru WRX STI is one of the most highly anticipated models from the automaker. Here are the most recent details known yet about the vehicle.
Each time a new WRX is released by Subaru, the public always anticipates the following release of the WRX STI as its high-performing brother. Unfortunately, the Japanese automaker recently made an announcement that it may not be possible to see the 2023 or 2024 Subaru WRX STI, but don’t be disappointed yet as more exciting information was dropped as well, which involves electrification exploration of the WRX STI. More details about it are below.
Brief Insights of the WRX STI
Subaru may not be the most popular car company ever, but it does have quite a number following for its premium, vehement, and sometimes out-of-the-box vehicles. The main focus of this manufacturer has been always put on combining stylish design elements and comfort features in each aspect of its product.
Subaru Tecnica International (STI) is a division that was established in the late 90s to accommodate FIA World Rally Championship development, alongside other automobile racing activities. Later when the company had thrived, it was given the responsibility to construct a high-performance, public-friendly version of the Impreza WRX, an AWD car powered by a turbo flat-four engine. This is the seed of the Impreza WRX STI development.
The current generation of Subaru WRX was introduced back in 2017 under the VIZIV Performance Concept car series. For the 2022 model year, the car received a redesigned and built on the Subaru Global Platform. It was supposed to debut on August 19th of the 2021 calendar year during the New York International Auto Show. That being said, with the cancelation of the auto show, the revelation of the new WRX was also delayed a month later.
The new facelift brings a 2.5 turbocharged powertrain that generates a maximum of 296 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. It is paired with a six-speed manual transmission that’s capable of serving the desired efficiency and required performance.
From the outside, the high-performing car doesn’t have too much on the eyes even though it is practically derived from a racing car. This is especially true if you compare it with other vehicle models in the common segment such as the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, and Dodge Charger.
Moving on to the inside, the WRX STI can occupy up to five passengers with sufficient comfort and convenience. It features a high wheelbase to offer a roomier cabin area as well as a set of advanced comfort attributes. With a touch of sporty appearance on the interior, the car injects a monochrome tone with gray color palettes on the seats, dashboard, and the rest of the interior design to create a more sophisticated visual.
A battery-powered version of the WRX STI
At the moment, the automotive industry is migrating massively to the electrification realm, which you have noticed most likely. Every automaker corporation out there, from General Motors, Volvo, Acura, Volkswagen, Toyota, and many more is working hard to develop new battery-powered vehicles. The list also includes Subaru.
Based on the recent press release held by the automobile company, Subaru revealed the plan to make WRX STI—its flagship performance car—to be electric. However, it also announced that the STI won’t be included in the upcoming WRX production, which of course, provoked an upset reaction from the enthusiasts at first.
The STI brand is too good for Subaru to waste, so its continuation is practically confirmed with the electrification plan announcement. Moreover, the concept of the STI E-RA car had been disclosed as well at the Tokyo Auto Salon. That being said, to expect that the EV version will be dropped as the 2024 Subaru WRX STI is a big reach.
Subaru officials stated that the company’s decision to explore this new prospect is related to the effort to comply with current requirements and regulations regarding vehicles with zero-emission. Even if
Even if the 2024 Subaru WRX STI is released, it will have an extremely limited shelf life, according to the automaker’s representation. It is continued with the statement of how the release won’t make any sense considering the currently fast-changing regulations.
While waiting for more possible information on the 2024 Subaru WRX STI, no matter how low the chance is, you may continue to keep up with the development of this electrification plan.
Possible Arrival Date of the Upcoming STI
The exact timeline of the new STI launch hasn’t been put out on the map yet, but regardless of the date, it is confirmed that the vehicle will not be based on the current WRX generation. It is safe to expect the release will take years from now since even the new WRX is yet to arrive at dealership showrooms.
All in all, whether an electrified version of this model will come out as the 2024 Subaru WRX STI or not, it is best to hope that the wait will be worth it.