Subaru plans to take the wraps off the new WRX STI on January 14 at the Detroit motor show, but it's just been given an early unwrapping with images from just about every angle leaking onto the internet.
Posted by a Mexican website, the photo set has the WRX STI in its WRC hero blue livery and shows the visual differences that set it apart from the standard WRX -- the signature STI cue being the massive rear wing.
It also gets the gold-toned STI wheels -- behind which we expect will be upgraded brakes -- and more aggressive bodykit treatment, likely to be matched by a similarly firmer-dealing suspension set-up and vehicle dynamics technology.
We'll have to wait until the show (or another leak) to find out what's under that World Rally Blue bonnet. But chances are it will either be a revised version of the carryover turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder -- with outputs squeezed above the current 221kW of power and 407Nm of torque -- mated to a six-speed manual transmission, or a higher-tuned version of the new WRX's 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder.
That possible four was seen in the Levorg concept at Tokyo show in November with outputs of 221kW and 400Nm, a rise of 21kW and 50Nm over the 2014 WRX revealed at LA show the same month and test-driven in December.
As we've previously reported, the sedan body you're seeing here is the only one we'll get for the WRX and STI, with Subaru deciding to discontinue hatch versions as the buyer market dwindled against the sedan variants.