A Subaru executive in Europe has told journalists that the WRX STI’s current boxer engine can simply not exist in the future and will likely be replaced by a plug-in hybrid system.
Of course, the Japanese automaker has made no official announcement yet, but this should not come as a surprise. Set to be based on the Subaru VIZIV Performance concept introduced in Tokyo just a few weeks ago, the next-generation WRX STI will have to reinvent itself like most other sports cars (the Ford Mustang will also be available in hybrid configuration, remember?).
Subaru wants to significantly improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions from its vehicles, and that includes its venerable, rally-bred STI. Expect the car to take a break from the market and come back in a configuration that’s better adapted to the realities of tomorrow, but one that does not compromise driving fun, the Subaru exec reportedly insisted.
Performance fans, tell us what you think about that and, in case you haven’t already, check out our review of the 2018 Subaru WRX STI.