The unveiling of a new concept prefiguring a future Subaru STI with 100% electric motorization was announced to us at the end of December and it all took place today in Tokyo.
The STI E-RA concept has nothing to do with the WRX STI. It’s more of a racing car whose goal is to test new technologies for electric vehicle competitions in the years to come.
One of the manufacturer’s main objectives is to achieve a track time of 6:40 minutes on the Nürburgring in 2023, which would eclipse all combustion cars in history – but far from the all-time record of 5:19 minutes achieved in 2018 by the hybrid Porsche 919 Evo.
To do this, the Subaru STI E-RA will be able to rely on a four-motor system with four-wheel torque distribution whose power is 800 kilowatts (1,073 horsepower), nothing less.
And a Solterra STI!
Is Subaru seriously considering adding a high-performance version of its all-new electric SUV, the Solterra? The latter, which debuted in November, arrives today with a concept sporting the STI emblem and more punchy styling.
See the big rear spoiler atop the tailgate, the new exclusive rims shod with performance tires, the various black accents and the red painted body elements that are added to the bottom of the vehicle. Like Toyota’s bZ4X GR Sport concept, also shown in Tokyo, we’d guess sports seats are also found inside, but no image is available.
Similarly, Subaru says nothing about the engine, so it’s impossible to know how much more powerful the Solterra STI would be than the base model, which develops 215 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque and benefits from an all-wheel drive of series. We will still be on the lookout in the coming months for any developments regarding the Solterra.