We covered Japan’s upgraded Subaru Impreza, which naturally has everybody questioning a new WRX, the present fourth-generation on sale since 2014. According to a story in Japan’s Best Car magazine, the 5th generation arrives late next year with a new platform and engine as part of the car manufacturer’s Japanese-market overhaul of the WRX STI, JDM-only WRX S4, and Levorg wagon. The STI is anticipated to change from the current turbocharged EJ20 boxer-four to a direct-injection FA20 boxer-four engine with an output of around 315 horsepower. Note, the Japanese-market WRX STI utilizes a 2.0-liter engine, and the U.S version gets the 2.5-liter EJ257 with 310 hp. The U.S.-market WRX (sans STI) already uses the turbo FA20, but it makes 268 horsepower.
2021 Subaru WRX STI Platform
The WRX STI will lastly relocate to the Subaru Global Platform that the Impreza changed to in 2017, which will hopefully go a long method in improving ride convenience around town. The six-speed manual makes the switch too. Best Car states the four-door’s size will not change much. However, the looks will crib from the Viziv concept – something everybody wants – with a design language called “Dynamic x Solid,” U-shaped LEDs, and “significantly inflated front and rear fenders.”
Till then, the 2020 Subaru WRX STI will stick to its existing architecture and another restricted edition called the Series. White. A Torque News story states that as with the Series. Gray launched for the 2019 model year, the Series. White will be restricted to 250 examples in WRX STI flavor, and 750 examples of the WRX. The Series. White gets a tonal neighbor on the combination for 2020, a new shade called Ceramic White that’s special to the WRX and WRX STI, which will omit any metallic or pearl impacts to identify itself from the already-available Crystal White Pearl. The Series. White, as a special edition, will feature the requisite Crystal Black Silica badges, Recaro seats, Performance Package, suspension upgrades, folding side mirrors, and 19-inch black wheels.
2021 Subaru WRX STI Engine
The WRX S4 and Levorg will gain from two brand new, downsized, direct-injection turbocharged engines in Japan, one of 1.5 liters, the other of 1.8 liters. Constructed around smaller, lighter engine blocks and boasted enhanced combustion efficiency, the 1.5-liter will produce about 148 hp, the 1.8-liter about 266 hp. Our non-STI WRX gets a 2.0-liter FA20 with 268 hp. Thinking about the similar horsepower, we wouldn’t be surprised if Subaru continues to utilize the FA20 in the U.S.-spec WRX in the next-generation car since it’s already certified for the U.S. and aftermarket parts should be simple to adjust to the new car. Subaru may sneak peek all three new models at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show.
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