The next-generation Subaru WRX STI could receive a turbocharged hybrid powertrain if this rumor proves to be true.
Rumor has it that the next WRX STI will debut in 2017 and under the hood will be a revised version of the current 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will be aided by an electric motor for a combined system output of at least 320 horsepower.
The company is also looking into developing a new all-wheel-drive system that uses electric motors to drive the rear axle, somewhat similar to what’s found in the new Acura NSX. For transmissions, Subaru will turn to a new dual-clutch, six-speed unit. Don’t be surprised if you see a plug-in hybrid variant as well at the 2018 Tokyo Motor Show.
As for the styling, Subaru has previewed the new Impreza sedan at the 2015 L.A. Auto Show with the STI getting the normal treatment of wider fenders, carbon fiber air ducts, a rear diffuser and large rear spoiler.
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