Let's hope we never lose the Subaru Tecnica International—or STI for short.
One of the most difficult tasks automotive manufacturers undertake in our world today is satisfying the ever-changing demand trends of consumer preferences. Subaru is no exception and has navigated this task quite well, currently offering eight different vehicle types with various trim levels within.
Ranging from two-door coupes like the BRZ, to full-size family vehicles like the all-new Ascent, Subaru's product line has a little something for everyone. But as new products hit the market to satisfy demand shifts, manufacturers must discontinue other vehicles in more niche markets. See: Toyota FJ Cruiser, Honda S2000, Ford Bronco, and Shelby AC Cobra—just to name a few.
1998 Subaru Impreza 22B source: Courtesy of Flickr
For years, Subaru has satisfied its niche market through its motorsports division, Subaru Tecnica International, or STI for short. The STI gets its DNA from Subaru's rich rally racing history and brings it to the street for the consumer. They truly are a joy to drive, and their newest offering, the 2020 WRX STI, features a 6-speed manual transmission, turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four, and advanced all-wheel-drive system which, combined, provides for quite the exhilarating driving experience.
2020 Subaru WRX STI Image Courtesy of Subaru
That being said, Subaru shows no signs of slowing down consumer production for the STI, and the next generation is already in the works and rumored to be released in 2022. We hope the coveted STI is available and refreshed for years to come. Get to know the STI a little better, by taking a look at its rich history in this video featuring one of the rarest STI's ever built: The 1998 Impreza 22B.
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