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SUBARU WILL BUILD THREE MORE STI-TUNED MODELS, AND A HOTTER BRZ IS ONE OF THEM


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#1 aekOne

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Posted 28 October 2015 - 04:03 PM

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Subaru is finally getting serious about transforming its STI division into a full-fledged, performance-focused sub-brand. STI boss Yoshio Hirakawa recently revealed that the Japanese automaker has approved both the development of at least three stand-alone STI models, and the launch of a long list of aftermarket parts for virtually all current members of its lineup.

Speaking to Australian website Motoring, Hirakawa explained the next STI-badged model will most likely be a faster version of the Legacy sedan. The executive stopped short of revealing precisely what will lie under the hood, but he hinted that a turbocharged evolution of the stock models 2.5-liter flat-four engine is a likely possibility. However, an STI-tuned version of the Legacy-based Outback wagon has been categorically ruled out.

The Levorg thats sold in a handful of global markets including Japan and Europe will also receive the STI treatment. Since its based on the WRX, its not too far-fetched to speculate that the sportier version of Subarus smallest wagon will get a 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-four engine tuned to make 305 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 290 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. The engine will be plucked straight from the WRX STI (pictured) parts bin.

Surprisingly, Hirakawa admitted that STI is developing a more powerful version of the BRZ, a slow-selling coupe thats also sold as the Scion FR-S. While Subaru cant equip the BRZ with a regular, exhaust-driven turbocharger due to space constraints, the automakers engineers are looking at fitting the four-cylinder engine with a state-of-the-art electric turbocharger thats a lot more compact. The technology is under study, but it hasnt been given the green light for production yet.

Hirakawa explains that STI-badged cars need more than a few extra ponies under the hood. Moving forward, all STI models will get thorough suspension upgrades designed to noticeably improve handling, brake modifications and a better-sounding exhaust system. Additionally, his team is working hard to ensure Subarus CVT transmission is up to the task of powering a model that has been massaged by STI.

I want [the CVT] to feel more like a manual gearbox. It should launch faster and have a more positive shift feel, said Hirakawa.

Now, for the bad news. Although Subaru wants STI to become a global brand, theres no indication that the company will sell the Legacy STI on our shores, and the Levorg STI wont make the trip across the Pacific because the regular model isnt sold here. Yet.

This info and more can be found at: http://www.digitaltrends.com/

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Posted 28 October 2015 - 05:15 PM

Sucks to hear about the Levorg STi. :(


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Posted 28 October 2015 - 06:14 PM

That's a US article Gary. Levorg is sold here, Levorg STi maybe as well.


 


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Posted 28 October 2015 - 06:47 PM

Oh right. I know about the Levorg, but I do hope we get the STi model as well.


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Posted 07 January 2016 - 06:03 PM

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Posted 09 January 2016 - 09:06 AM

CVTs are the new electric bread knife.

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Posted 12 January 2016 - 07:34 AM

Ain't that the truth Bumpty.....






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