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March 12, 2022

Subaru Kills Gasoline-Powered WRX STI

Some breaking news from Subaru: the next-generation WRX STI won’t be powered by a gasoline engine. This comes as the Japanese carmaker refocuses its aim to develop their future sports and performance cars to meet regulations concerning emissions and fuel economy.

As per their statement:
As the automotive marketplace continues to move towards electrification, Subaru is focused on how our future sports and performance cars should evolve to meet the needs of the changing marketplace and the regulations and requirements for greenhouse gasses (GHG), zero emissions vehicles (ZEV), and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ).

As part of that effort, 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.

The Subaru WRX STI and the STI brand represent the zenith of Subaru’s performance vehicles exemplifying Subaru’s unique DNA and rally heritage. As we look to the future, we also look forward to incorporating the essence of STI into our next generation of vehicles.

Given this development, it’s a shame Philippine distributor Motor Image Pilipinas has decided to axe the current WRX STI from their line-up. Imagine if they kept the iconic sports sedan in their line-up? They’d probably have collectors now lining up for the last of the gas-powered WRX STI.


  1. Maybe it's not too late for the distributor to offer again the STI?

  2. Atleast (I hope) it won't be revived as a crossover, unlike....


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