Less than a year after Subaru declared the WRX STi to be dead in the UK, the Japanese firm has announced that the UK will be getting the sports saloon after all.
Based on the WRX saloon revealed in Los Angeles in November, the STi will feature significant changes to ensure that the Subaru magic is still in place.
A 2.5 litre turbocharged four cylinder boxer engine will power the STi, with the 305 bhp available being put to the ground through a Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system via a six speed short throw gearbox.
The latest vehicle dynamics control (VDC) and Active Torque Vectoring are in place for maximum control and driver engagement while spring and damper rates have been tuned to provide a compliant ride while retaining body composure. Electronic power steering is fitted to improve fuel economy and allow for a more ‘direct’ response.
Being an STi model, it will naturally come fitted with a massive rear wing, rear diffuser, twin exhausts and gold wheels. LED lighting is employed for the headlights, tail and brake lights while ‘STI’ badges are found on the front grille and wings.
“We wanted to acknowledge the following the WRX STI has, and while both the market and the Brand in the UK has changed in recent years, the WRX STI remains a demonstration of Subaru’s technical know-how,” said Paul Tunnicliffe, Subaru UK’s managing director, before warning that “the new model will only be available in limited numbers when it goes on sale in summer.”
Price creep saw the outgoing model costing well over £30,000 when it was cancelled. However, thanks to exchange rate changes the new model will be priced at a competitive £28,995.