2020 Subaru WRX STI Concept

2020 Subaru WRX STI Concept

Subaru released the 5th generation of the Impreza more than a year ago. Because of that, most of us thought that they will also release the new STI. However, it looks like this wasn’t really the case. Subaru went ahead and said that both the WRX and the WRX STI are two standalone cars with their own development process. Because of that, it is safe to assume the new STI is still a long wait away. So far it looks like they will release the car with the future 2020 Subaru WRX STI. Unfortunately there is still very little information about this upcoming model. Even so, it is safe to assume it will be Subaru’s fastest and most impressive car to date.

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As far as we were able to find out, the Visual Performance concept has been greatly praised on by critics and potential customers during the Tokyo Motor Show. This information was officially confirmed by the leaders of Subaru. Company design chief Mamoru Ishii said the reactions were very positive. The major changes in relation to the previous model will be in terms of drive. In fact, the new WRX STI will arrive next year with an electric drive, on all four wheels. The Subaru Global Platform will carry the future model. The advantage of the new platform is that it can carry many different power units, including the plug-in version. As for design, the new model will not be much different from the concept version. “Even when parked, it must look fast,” Ishii said. – 1/3/2018

Subaru’s sales and marketing manager in Europe, David Dello Stritto, stated that new WRX STI is going to be even more efficient and produce better emission figures. This will probably be achieved by introducing hybrid powertrain which should indicate removal of the boxer engine. Also, it is possible that 2.5 – liter turbo engine will be part of the hybrid lineup. In this statement, no new information about future powertrains was unveiled but it was said that company will try to keep “fun to drive” aspect of the car.

Tokyo Motor Show happened and internet is swamped with plethora of new pictures. Model that is of particular interest to us is VIZIV concept because we believe that new WRX STI will be very similar to this specimen. If this is true new model should be bigger and more comfortable but let’s not jump to the conclusions and wait official pictures. VIZIV concept model gives us good idea in what direction WRX and WRX STI models will go design wise. Judging by the pictures, “Dynamic X Solid” will be design language that will be used for future sport sedan models.

It has come to our attention that 2020 Subaru WRX and WRX STI will still be shipped with manual gearbox. Masahiko Inoue, project manager for the Impreza and XV, confirmed this news. WRX will also have CVT option while WRX STI will come with manual transmission only. Since this is full blooded sport sedan we applaud this decision.

Lately Subaru started updating all of its models. These changes are more on the revolution side rather than evolution. Impreza, Forester, and Crosstrek have all received these changes, ranging from platform revamp to the interior flavor. But we will need to wait a little bit more for these changes to arrive to WRX STI model since Subaru officials stated that lineup of performance vehicles will be revamped according to these changes at a later date.

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Even though the manufacturer didn’t say much about the future car, there are some things we already know.

For starters, the new STI will use the same modular architecture as the new Impreza. This will give it a lower center of gravity as well as better structural rigidity. Some also suggested the car will be able to use larger brakes and a more capable running gear. Here you can read the review about the new 2019 Porsche Macan

2020 Subaru WRX STI
Image Source: autoguide.com – Subaru Viziv Concept

It looks like the STI will come, as standard, with things like adaptive shocks and possibly 6-pot calipers in the front. These alone should be well worth the upgrade over its predecessor.

Release and Price

So, what do we know about the release date of the 2020 Subaru WRX STI?

Well, luckily enough, the manufacturer did say they will release the car in 2019 and it should go on sale by the start of 2020. Its price has yet to be announced. However, it is safe to assume it will cost around $37,000 which is just as much as its predecessor. Read about Subaru WRX STI on Wikipedia

2020 Subaru WRX STI
Image Source: autoguide.com – Viziv Concept

2020 Subaru WRX STI Concept VIZIV

2020 Subaru WRX STI Concept Redesign

The STI always looked like a hotter version of the Impreza and we don’t see this change anytime soon.

In fact we are pretty sure the future STI will be more of an evolution of the current car. In the front it will likely come with bigger air intakes than before and possibly active brake air-ducts.

The mirrors should be unique to it while the car will more than likely come as standard with 19 inch rims. Just like all the previous models, the 2020 Subaru WRX STI will likely continue to use a massive fixed rear wing.

2020 Subaru WRX STI
Image Source: thedrive.com – Subaru Viziv Concept

This will give the car superior cornering capabilities as well as a more menacing look. We do hope Subaru will do something more interesting with its exhaust.

So far the quad-tailpipe exhaust wasn’t all that impressive. A center-mounted exhaust is a real possibility, especially now when manufacturers are more daring than ever.


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Just like with the older models, the new WRX STI will offer pretty much all the bells and whistles of a regular Impreza.

The car will be able to seat up to 5 adults and it will come with a good amount of standard features. Things like air conditioning, electric front seats, a digital instrument cluster and a much fancier infotainment system should all be standard.

2020 Subaru WRX STI
Image Source: caradvice.com – 2018 Subaru WRX STI interior

Over the regular model, the STI will also get Recaro front seats, likely contrasting stitching and possibly a head-up display. The latter should allow the driver to focus more on driving the car rather than looking at the instrument cluster.

Engine and Specs

Up until now, the Impreza used a massively old EJ engine which was questionable at best.

It didn’t offer the reliability or power output of any of its rivals. The upcoming 2020 Subaru WRX STI is definitely going to use their all new FA engine. This 2.0 liter flat-four engine should be able to make, with the help of a turbocharger, north of 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque.

While the output will be mostly the same, it will offer all that torque from as low as 2,000 RPM. Thanks to that, the car should become considerably easier and more fun to drive than ever before.

2020 Subaru WRX STI
Image Source: subaru.com – Subaru WRX STI

A while ago there have been some people suggesting that the new STI would go to an automatic. Well, unsurprisingly enough, it looks like these rumors were not true.

In fact Subaru announced that the new STI will get a 6 speed manual and all wheel drive as standard. While not official, chances are an automatic will become available at a later date.


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