On November 20, Subaru Germany announced it will discontinue production of the WRX STI for the European market as of early summer 2018.
The decision to discontinue the WRX STI was due to the increasingly strict emission regulations in Europe. According to Subaru Germany, “The increasingly stringent emission regulations in Europe make the conditions for such a classic athlete (as the WRX STI) more difficult, which is why we have opted to stop production.”
The European WRX STI comes loaded with a 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder gasoline turbo engine, which generates 300hp of maximum output.
Subaru Germany also said, “Though the WRX STI will be discontinued in Europe, we will continue to develop dynamic vehicles that feature a remarkable combination of Subaru’s boxer engine and Symmetrical All Wheel Drive.”
Written by Minoru Moriwaki
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)