The Subaru WRX was entirely renewed for 2022, but the STI will have to wait
The WRX S4 is a sportier model that shows more aggressive looks
The S4 has variable drive modes that alter the AWD system
Subaru unveiled the 2022 WRX a couple of weeks ago to replace its acclaimed sports sedan. Enthusiasts are waiting for the STI version which is still in preparation, but a Japan only model could preview its appearance.
The Subaru WRX STI is the ultimate factory-made version of the sports sedan from Subaru and it has a loyal fan base that is anxiously waiting for it to receive the same treatment the regular WRX went through for the 2022 model year.
Not everyone is onboard with the new style of the car, however, since many complained about the restyling.
Subaru has just released a new version of the WRX in Japan called the WRX S4. This model could preface the appearance of the future STI since it adopts a more aggressive overall look. The grille is slightly different and the fenders bulge outwards at the front and the rear.
This model uses the same powertrain as the regular WRX, which is a new for 2022 2.4 liter turbocharged flat-four-cylinder engine that produces 271 horsepower. A choice of a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission is offered and Subaru’s famous all-wheel drive system is standard.
One of the only mechanical changes made to the S4 affects this very system, since the car comes with adjustable drive modes that alter the parameters of the all-wheel drive unit, as well as the adaptive dampers, the power steering and the engine control module.
The new STI model is expected to boost power even further to retain its title as the most powerful and the most fun to drive Subaru model on the market when it arrives in a couple of months.