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2022 Subaru WRX STI officially confirmed! New icon 'to push the performance and technological boundaries' - but how far?

This artist’s impression shows what the next WRX STI could look like. (Image credit: Kleber Silva)

Subaru has not only officially confirmed the fifth-generation WRX STI is on the way, but it’s also made some bold claims about the new icon.

In a press release announcing the 10,000th WRX STI sale in Australia, Subaru said the next WRX STI “is certain to push the performance and technological boundaries still further” than its predecessors.

Subaru is yet to reveal any other details on the upcoming WRX STI, which is rumoured to debut in Japan in June 2022, with its Australian launch to take place as soon as later that year.

If it wasn’t already obvious enough, the new WRX STI will pack some serious punch, with rumours suggesting it will be powered by a 2.4-litre turbo-petrol boxer four-cylinder engine that develops a thumping 298kW of power and 489Nm of torque.

A lower-output version of this unit is rumoured to motivate the related WRX, which is due to be revealed in April 2021 ahead of going on sale locally in the fourth quarter of that year.

For reference, the currently available fourth-generation WRX and WRX STI use 197kW/350Nm 2.0-litre and 221kW/407Nm 2.5-litre engines respectively, so the pair will certainly be stepping up if the rumours turn out to be true. Stayed tuned.

In the meantime, the aforementioned 10,000th WRX STI sold in Australia belongs to Bradley McManus, who lives in Clandulla, NSW, and bought it from Trivett Subaru Paramatta.

To mark the milestone, Mr McManus was gifted $5000 worth of parts and accessories, a five-year servicing plan and a ride with Subaru ambassador and former Australian Rally Champion Molly Taylor around a rally stage near Canberra.