Station wagons are far from being the sportiest looking cars out there. But that isn't stopping automakers from shoving chillies up their exhaust pipes. You have stuff like the Audi RS4, Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo, and Volkswagen Golf R Variant (Volks-speak for wagon). But you might find that all those are just a little bit too, well, German.
So here is Japan's response. It comes from Subaru and it's called the Levorg STI Sport Black. It's not just a wagon with a bodykit and special exterior bits either. This is a modern day Impreza STI wagon, and it has the power to back up that claim.
Under the hood of the unassuming wagon is a turbocharged 2.0-liter boxer engine. Derived from the WRX, Subaru then added more horsepower from the stock engine's 268 PS figure, to wind it up all the way to 300 PS. Along with that is 400 Nm of torque. With numbers like that, the Levorg has almost the same power as the WRX STI. The difference is, you can load a lot more cargo at the back.
The boost in power allows the Levorg STI Sport Black to catapult its way to 100 km/h in just 5.1 seconds, unladen, of course. Top speed on the other hand is rated at 242 km/h. Despite the extra weight of the wagon, it's actually not that far behind the WRX STI's performance numbers. For comparison basis, the sedan can do 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and has a top speed of 251 km/h.
Sadly, the Levorg STI Sport Black cannot be equipped with the STI's six-speed manual transmission. Instead, it uses Subaru Lineartronic continuously variable transmission. Symmetrical all-wheel drive is, of course, standard.
Another sad bit is that this model is exclusive to the Japanese Domestic Market only. That said, we still do have a potent Levorg in the country. While it doesn't have the same 300 PS punch as the STI, we do still get the same 2.0-liter turbo from the WRX with the exact same horsepower rating. What we have here then is sort of like a Levorg WRX, which should still delight most. We were.