Subaru retires gas-powered WRX STI as it explores electrification


The next-generation Subaru WRX STI could be electric. In a press release shared by the automaker on Friday, Subaru said it has no plans to build a gasoline-powered STI based on this generation’s WRX platform.

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

Subaru cites its efforts to comply with “Greenhouse Gas (GHG), Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) and Company Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) regulations and requirements” as the reason for the change.

The STI is Subaru’s flagship performance vehicle and is usually launched with its WRX lineup. Although the STI may eventually make a return, it could swap its exhaust pipe for a battery. Subaru’s first-ever electric vehicle, the Solterra, is set to go on sale this year and includes front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models equipped with 71.4 kWh battery packs.


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