Subaru discontinues gas-powered WRX STI while exploring electrification

The next-generation Subaru WRX STI could go electric. In one Press Release shared by the automaker on Friday, Subaru said it has no plans to build a gas-powered STI based on this generation’s WRX platform.

“The Subaru Corporation is exploring opportunities for the next-generation Subaru WRX STI, including electrification,” the company wrote. “At the same time, the next-generation internal combustion engine WRX STI will not be built on the new WRX platform.”

Subaru considers its efforts to meet “regulations and requirements for greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ)” as reason behind this change.

The STI is Subaru’s flagship performance vehicle and is often released alongside the WRX lineup. While the STI might eventually make a comeback, it could trade its exhaust for a battery pack. Subaru’s the first electric car, SolterraIt is expected to go on sale this year and comes in both front- and all-wheel drive models accompanied by a 71.4kWh battery. Subaru discontinues gas-powered WRX STI while exploring electrification

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