Subaru is withdrawing the gas-powered WRX STI while exploring electrification

The next generation Subaru WRX STI could be electric. In a Press release shared by the automaker last Friday, Subaru says they have no plans to build a gas-powered STI based on this generation’s WRX platform.

“Subaru Corporation is exploring options for the next generation of Subaru WRX STI, including electrification,” the company writes. “Meanwhile, a next-generation WRX STI internal combustion engine will not be produced based on the new WRX platform.”

Subaru cites its efforts to meet the “greenhouse gas (GHG), zero-emission (ZEV) and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) rules” as the reason for the change.

The STI is Subaru’s flagship performance vehicle and is typically released with its WRX series. While the STI may come back eventually, it can swap its exhaust pipe for a battery pack. Subaru’s first electric vehicle ever, the Solterra, is expected to go on sale sometime this year, and it has both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive models that come with 71.4 kWh batteries.

Updated: March 13, 2022 — 12:39 am

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