Text: Aurick Go / Photos: Subaru | posted May 31, 2016 13:20
Production specs now confirmed for upcoming performance wagon
After recently confirming that Subaru Tecnica International (STI) is working on a performance variant of the Levorg wagon, Subaru now unveils technical details on the new Levorg STI.
Called the Levorg STI Sport Wagon, the new performance offering from STI looks relatively close to the World Rally Blue concept model shown before. Given that it isn’t meant to be their halo car like the WRX STI, the STI Sport Wagon does not offer much in the way of power, and instead focuses on aesthetics and minor tweaks to allow for better driving dynamics.
Its exterior bears a more aggressive profile thanks mainly to a new grill and a front fascia with larger air dams. Its performance-oriented styling continues throughout the body, with subtle side skirts as well as a chromed twin tip exhaust and a rear diffuser blade similar to that of the Forester tS. The Sport Wagon also comes with 18-inch multi-spoke alloys to complete its performance aesthetics.
The Levorg STI’s interior sees its fair share of changes as well, mainly thanks to the Bordeaux on black STI sport-specific leather seats. For added contrast, there is STI’s signature dark red stitching laden over the center console, steering wheel, and gear levers. To remind you that you’re in a model fettled by STI, their logo is embroidered on the seats’ headrests as well as having plates on the door sills.
The Levorg STI Sport Wagon will still come with either the 1.6L 170 PS flat-four turbo or the 300 PS 2.0L FA20 turbo as is standard with Japanese specifications. Both powerplants will still be mated to a lineartronic CVT transmission with all-wheel drive. That considered, perhaps what would be considered the only performance modification added to the STI Sport Wagon is the addition of uprated springs, revised steering, and upgraded dampers; The latter specifically being Subaru’s DampMaticII Variable Damping Suspension.
Much like standard Levorgs in Japan, the STI Sport Wagon will also come with Subaru’s EyeSight security system. This system features sensors that scan the road ahead and allow features such as collision warning, autonomous braking, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control to work.
The Levorg STI Sport Wagon will be on sale in Japan this summer. Whether it will be destined for markets outside Japan is yet to be known.