Subaru WRX STI Rumored to Get Turbo Hybrid Powertrain

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.

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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.

[Source: Motoring]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Mariano Palmero Mariano Palmero on Dec 07, 2015

    ...And this is the part where the WRX dies... STUPID IDEA!

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