The current WRX STI is not long for this world after Subaru released the Final Edition three months ago. As it is set to be consigned to the history books, it might be awhile before Subaru releases an all-new WRX STI.
With the high-performance four-door riding off into the sunset, Subaru has cooked up something special in the form of a special edition Levorg. But unlike the standard 2.0-liter turbo wagon which already makes an impressive 268 PS and 350 Nm of torque, Subaru's latest creation has 300 PS with 400 Nm of torque which is similar to the WRX STI.
Say hello to the 2020 Levorg V-Sport, a Japan-only special that gets a beefed-up turbocharged boxer engine, among other things. Compared to a standard Levorg, the exterior of the V-Sport is decorated with blacked-out trim pieces. From the side mirrors, Levorg badging, foglight bezels, as well as the 18-inch alloy wheels, Subaru generously used the black paint to give the V-Sport a meaner look.
Neat touches of glossy piano black trim also make their way inside the Levorg V-Sport, replacing most of the shiny bits. Other than that, the interior relatively remains the same. That means it gets bucket-style front seats, leather upholstery with contrast stitching, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, as well as steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
As mentioned earlier, this particular wagon is powered by a boosted 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer engine. It cranks out 300 PS at 5600 rpm while peak torque of 400 Nm is available at 2000 – 4800 rpm. Sorry manual fans, the Levorg V-Sport is only mated to a CVT with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.
Besides having a more powerful engine, Subaru also gave the special edition model several chassis and safety upgrades. The front suspension gets Bilsetin dampers, along with more powerful 2-piston brake calipers to better shave off speed. In addition, EyeSight is fitted as standard for a safer driving experience.
Will Subaru be offering the Levorg V-Sport outside of Japan? Your guess is as good as mine.