The subsequent-generation Subaru WRX STI may very well be electrical. In a press launch shared by the automaker on Friday, Subaru says it has no plans to construct a gas-powered STI primarily based on this era’s WRX platform.
“Subaru Company is exploring alternatives for the subsequent era Subaru WRX STI, together with electrification,” the corporate writes. “Within the meantime, a subsequent era inner combustion engine WRX STI won’t be produced primarily based upon the brand new WRX platform.”
Subaru cites its efforts to fulfill the “rules and necessities for greenhouse gasses (GHG), zero emissions autos (ZEV), and Company Common Gasoline Economic system (CAFÉ)” as the rationale behind the change.
The STI is Subaru’s flagship efficiency automobile and is usually launched with its WRX lineup. Whereas the STI might make a return finally, it may commerce its exhaust pipe for a battery pack. Subaru’s first-ever electrical automobile, the Solterra, is predicted to go on sale someday this yr, and options each front-wheel and all-wheel-drive fashions that include 71.4kWh batteries.