The gasoline-powered Subaru WRX STI is dead

Subaru announced late Friday that it was halting development of the internal combustion engine for its WRX STI, the brand’s global halo performance model. Subaru’s announcement, which follows in its entirety below, leaves the door open for an electrified model.

As the auto market moves towards electrification, Subaru focuses on how our future sports and performance cars should evolve to meet the needs of the evolving market and the regulations and requirements for Greenhouse Gases (GHG), Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV), and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE).

As part of that effort, Subaru Corporation is exploring options for the next-generation Subaru WRX STI, including electrification. In the meantime, no new-generation internal combustion engine WRX STI will be produced based on the new WRX platform.

The Subaru WRX STI and STI brand represents the pinnacle of Subaru’s performance vehicles and exemplifies Subaru’s unique DNA and rally heritage. As we look to the future, we also look forward to incorporating the essence of STI into our next generation of vehicles.

This is clearly bad news for Subaru fans who had their hearts set on an STI based on the company’s updated sports compact, but otherwise it leaves those wanting a more decked-out WRX with a manual transmission as the range-topping WRX GT will only remain automatic, at least for now.

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