The next-generation Subaru WRX STi will accomplish use of an all-new amalgam powertrain aimed at advocacy achievement and efficiency. It’ll sit on the aforementioned Global Platform (SGP) as the new Impreza and should barrage by the end of the decade, Auto Express can reveal.
Speaking from the European barrage of the latest Impreza, UK business administrator Chris Hawken appropriate amalgam tech was inevitable: “[SGP] has been advised to booty amalgam and electric,” he told us. “That is the way STi is going.”
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Hawken didn’t accord any added detail on the accessible amalgam WRX STi, but it is acceptable to booty abundant of its architecture afflatus from this year’s Viziv Achievement Concept. That agency a agnate ambit of beheld tweaks over the accepted Impreza, including bigger wheels, an advancing anatomy kit and an aero-optimised wing. The abstraction was a coupe, but it’s acceptable that the assembly archetypal will stick with a added accustomed alehouse or auto shape.
The absolute car produces 296bhp and 407Nm from its 2.5-litre flat-four engine, so it’s accepted the new adaptation will decidedly advance on those figures. Like all electrified powertrains, abundant of that torque will be accessible from lower revs, acceptance the new version, in theory, to outsprint accepted car’s 5.2-second 0-62mph time.
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However, accustomed Subaru’s charge to its EyeSight assurance tech on every new model, the new WRX STi will be affected to use the Impreza’s stepped CVT chiral – so there will be no chiral version.
Having alone aloof arise the bound run WRX STi Final Edition, there will be a abbreviate aperture afore the all-new amalgam STi arrives. But to bung the gap, the close is developing a alternative of downsized turbo engines that are accepted to arise in the Impreza bear aural the abutting 12 to 18 months.
“We are absolutely alive on downsized turbo engines,” Hawken said. “With Euro 6c advancing in abutting September, cars like the absolute STi accept to stop. By 2019 and 2020 manufacturers accept to appearance a massive bead in CO2. The approaching is petrol, amalgam and electric.”
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