Subaru Unveils Disappointing New WRX Dubbed ‘STI’ But Lacks Performance Upgrades

STI Components, No Added Power

Subaru made an appearance at the 2024 Tokyo Auto Salon with three STI-branded vehicles that are bound to please fans. However, they may come as a bit of a disappointment. While all three cars do proudly display the iconic STI symbol, they don’t quite measure up to the high performance standards set by Subaru Tecnica International. The standout model among the trio is the special edition Subaru WRX S4 STI Sport, which is also the only one available for purchase. It boasts an array of STI performance components and custom tuning designed to enhance its handling abilities.

The S4 STI Sport exudes a commanding presence with its 19-inch BBS forged wheels, distinct badging, and dainty trunk spoiler. Its Michelin high-performance tires further enhance its grip on the road. However, similar to the underwhelming WRX TR of the previous year, the S4 STI Sport fails to deliver any extra horsepower that true STI fans crave. The FA24 four-cylinder boxer engine still generates a modest 271 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. Even worse, there is only one transmission option available – a CVT.

In the interior, this STI model boasts aggressive Recaro bucket seats with silver stitching on the seats, doors, and steering wheel. Subaru has limited production to only 500 units for a Japanese lottery, with the exclusive chance to own one through a special drawing from January 12th to January 28th, 2024. The cost is set at 6,237,000 yen, equivalent to approximately $43,000. It may seem slightly pricier than the TR, considering there isn’t much that sets it apart in our opinion.

Alongside the WRX, Subaru unveiled two other vehicles bearing the renowned STI label: the Subaru BRZ STI Performance and the Levorg Layback STI Performance. Subaru also introduced two additional cars under their coveted STI brand: the Subaru BRZ STI Performance and the Levorg Layback STI Performance.

Subaru has not released extensive information regarding either vehicle, as both are currently only in concept form. The BRZ showcases a distinct design with its vibrant red, white, and black stripes adorning the hood, lower bumper, and door mirrors, while sporting a white roof. Additionally, it boasts a sizable rear wing, bronze STI wheels, and striking gold Brembo brake calipers. This impressive combination has us eagerly anticipating its potential for production.

Regarding the Levorg, a model that is not currently available in the United States, there have been some slight modifications made to its design. These include STI wheels in black, a distinctive grille, a hood scoop, and white side skirts. Subaru has been consistently showcasing concept versions with STI components, yet fans continue to hold out hope for a vehicle that will bring significant enhancements to its performance when it hits production.

Despite not being prominently labeled with STI badges, the Subaru Forester and Subaru Outback Boost Gear variants exude a stylish appearance. The Forester boasts a sleek satin black coating, while the Outback dons a sophisticated matte grey finish. Both vehicles are accented with vibrant turquoise details and livery elements. These eye-catching designs were clearly crafted to enhance the rugged, off-road capabilities that Subaru is famous for, yet with a unique aesthetic compared to the Wilderness models. Notable features of these concepts include grilles adorned with marker lights, a light bar and roof rack on the Forester, and a roof box on the Outback. Although it is unlikely that these Boost Gear editions will replace the Wilderness models, there is a possibility that these enhancements may be offered separately in the future.

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