Subaru Exec Trolls Internet, Confirms Next-Generation WRX STI After WRX Concept Unveil

By Jacob Brown | March 28, 2013
If you were in a crowded room with someone important, would you notice? Unless that person had an entourage with him or her, probably not. That's how the internet works, too.
Flatirons Tuning, which usually installs hop-up parts for Subarus and other Japanese cars on customers' rides, posted a picture of the front of the Subaru WRX Concept from the New York Auto Show, claiming it didn't have enough front hangover to be an all-wheel-drive car--suggesting it might even be rear-wheel drive in what would be an untraditional move for the brand--nevermind that 1) it's just a concept car that we're not sure even has an engine yet, 2) Subaru says in all of its press materials that the car is all-wheel drive, and 3) the front bumper on that concept was designed for aesthetics--not crash protection.
In fact, Subaru North America Director of Communications Michael McHale said as much, but no one has seemed to notice. And he said it right in plain sight in the thread.
The director took to the internet to reply in a relatively small tuning shop's Facebook group--just 425 members as of this writing. In addition to fending off a bunch of commenters jumping to conclusions, McHale said these four words: "An STI will happen." As of this writing, the most important person as Subaru North America has three people who like his comment. Since entering the U.S. in 2004, the Subaru WRX STI has helped rally racing fans and those who grew up in the Gran Turismo video game generation realize that they could own a fast, reliable, and relatively affordable car that could shame most sports cars on the road and could be driven in snow. With more than 300 horsepower in the current Subaru WRX STI, we don't expect that number to drop in the new car, unless it's significantly lighter than the current one. As Subaru has built much of its image on rugged go-anywhere-ness, the WRX STI has become a halo vehicle for motorsports enthusiasts. In the upcoming WRX, which is likely slated as a 2014 model, we knew it would branch off from the redesigned Impreza into a sportier model, even before the concept debuted this week. And while there's been no confirmation that an STI would be coming back before now, the WRX and WRX STI are a bit like Aspirin and methamphetamine. We're looking forward to seeing both in production form later this year or next year. Source: Flatirons Tuning