Critically, it also rides on a new platform – the SGP or Subaru Global Platform – which the brand says “significantly enhances the driving dynamics” thanks to its “highly rigid body and chassis” Also assisting in its AWD performance is its available centre differential and Variable Torque Distribution in auto models.
Could the new STI look like this? (image credit: @spdesignsest)
But the regular WRX is merely the beginning of Subaru's performance story, with the iconic STI model to follow, either later in 2022 or early 2023.
Subaru is yet to reveal official power outputs or specifics, but you can expect the numbers to climb significantly from those in the regular WRX.
Rumours abound across the internet, of course, with everything from the new STI unlocking extra grunt through electrification to the power and torque wicks simply being turned right up for the new model.
New Subaru WRX STI render, rear. (image credit: @spdesignsest)
We do know – or think we know – that the new model will get a new engine, the turbocharged 2.4-litre four-cylinder boxer currently found in the US-only Ascent SUV. According to multiple reports from Japan the new engine is tipped to make as much as 295kW.
It's worth pointing out here that the current STI produces 221kW and 407Nm, so you can be the new model will comfortably beat those outputs.
Either way, the WRX STI is something to get excited about. And if it looks anything like these images, then we're right on board.