STI boss Yoshio Hirakawa has disclosed plans to launch more models in the foreseeable future.

STI boss Yoshio Hirakawa has disclosed plans to launch more models in the foreseeable future.

Speaking to Motoring, the man responsible with Subaru Tecnica International expressed his desire for additional standalone models as a move to make STI a global brand in the years to come. Right now the only true STI model is the WRX, but he hinted four new members of the Subaru lineup will receive the full STI treatment, so there are big chances of finally seeing a beefier BRZ.

Before that happens, the first STI model to lead the way will likely be the Legacy/Liberty and there could also be a high performance version of the Levorg wagon. These two are apparently on track for a 2016 release and according to Hirakawa there will be two new STI models launched annually. He excluded the possibility of seeing an STI-tuned Outback, but in return admitted the other new STI models could benefit from an e-turbo.

While a turbocharged BRZ STI has been ruled out several times due to the necessary packaging and crash test incompatibilities, an electrically-powered turbocharger is considered by Hirakawa as a method to “overcome these challenges”. He did not confirm e-turbo is definitely coming, but revealed it’s being analyzed at STI’s headquarters.

These new STI models will bring more than just extra power as Subaru wants the cars to provide higher quality, better ride and a more aggressive soundtrack. In addition, they want to make the continuously variable transmission (CVT) “feel more like a manual gearbox” and have quicker shifting.

Source: motoring.com.au

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