• Subaru says 2.5 liter boxer engines can not exist in the future, next gen WRX STI to go hybrid

      Do not insult our intelligence Subaru. Porsche is producing a 2.5 liter boxer four-cylinder right now that meets all emissions requirements and will be with us as part of a new engine family for quite a while.

      Are you saying you can not do it? The appeal of the STI in the USA is the 2.5 liter boxer engine. Nobody is clamoring for a hybrid STI.

      Subaru will force the technology on enthusiasts and for what? Greater cost and greater heft?

      Everyone understands the push for tighter emissions and greater efficiency but would it not make more sense to drop the weight of the car significantly than add on a bunch of motors and batteries?

      This is concerning:

      Quote Originally Posted by Subaru
      There will really be a new WRX STI in the future, but it takes time. We’re not giving up on 'fun to drive'. The new Impreza delivers this fun in a different, more sensible, CO2 emissions-compliant way.
      The McLaren 720S proves that hybrid technology is not necessary for enthusiast vehicles and they are often better off without it. See the Acura NSX and how enthusiasts have responded to it for proof.

      Don't ruin a good thing Subaru.

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      Comments 2 Comments
      1. Stevenh's Avatar
        Stevenh -
        This car was dead to the performance world when it went for 7 or 8 production cycles with zero power-train upgrades. Now that we're nearing 15 or so cycles it has become even less interesting. I picked up an '05 off the showroom floor, enjoyed it for a few years, but won't look at them again until Subaru gives us a reason to. A hybrid drive-train isn't going to make that happen unless it is accompanied by a new motor.
      1. subaru335i's Avatar
        subaru335i -
        It is 99% certain the next STI is just going to get the new FA24 DIT similar to what is in the new VIZIV SUV but more power.
        It will be a good motor im sure. But I would still take the old EJ for performance. I know soooo many people with 800+whp EJ25's nowadays and a few well over 1000whp. They are badass cars, even the 2015-2017 STI with the "old" "outdated" motor is faster than pretty much any BMW lol

        No way the next one is hybrid, maybe a few generations down.