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New Subaru WRX STI 2022 delayed! Launch of 298kW supercar slayer pushed back: report

The Viziv Performance STI concept from 2018 previews what the next WRX STI will look like.

According to a fresh report out of Japan, Subaru has delayed the launch of the new-generation WRX STI hot sedan.

Car sensor claims the next WRX STI “will be released in the spring of 2022”, specifically April, which is six months later than what multiple Japanese publications reported in May.

While the reason behind the delay is yet to be shared, it’s not much of a stretch to assume the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has something to do with it.

Either way, Car sensor has corroborated previous Japanese reports, which point towards the new WRX STI being powered by a 2.4-litre turbo-petrol boxer four-cylinder engine (FA24), which is already found under the bonnets of the latest Liberty, Outback and Ascent.

This unit will also be used by a high-performance version of the new ‘regular’ WRX expected to still be revealed in April next year, but as reported, it will have two different tunes in these models: about 200kW/400Nm (WRX) and 298kW/489Nm (WRX STI).

The new ‘low-performance’ variant of the WRX will be motivated by a 1.8-litre turbo-petrol boxer four-cylinder engine (FA18) with outputs of about 147kW/294Nm. This unit will also feature in the next Levorg set to lob in September.

Interestingly, Car sensor also made mention of a yet-to-be-detailed 1.5-litre turbo-petrol boxer four-cylinder engine, which Subaru intends to replace the 2.0-litre naturally aspirated unit of the current Impreza and XV.