Beginning life in 1992, the Subaru WRX was a chance for everyday drivers to experience a world championship rally car. The WRX, short for “World Rally eXperimental,” displayed all the hallmarks of a rally winner. It had a powerful engine, a light body, and a tremendous all-wheel-drive system for off-road use.
Creating an outlier from the list of economy sedans and family station wagons, Subaru built the Impreza WRX. Already the most exciting car in Suburus offerings, it was eventually one-upped with the STI variant just a few years later. The WRX and its suped-up STI sibling were consistently great choices for any auto enthusiast wanting an agile and relatively cheap sports car capable of handling less-than-ideal weather.
The WRX continued to find success in its niche until critics pointed out that the cars lack of evolution. While it was a great car in its time, its competitors were catching up.
The Beginning of the End?
The second-generation WRX made its debut in late 2021 with derisive opinions from the automotive community. The body got larger with extra plastic cladding, the interior was just seen as average, and the engine received a microscopic three-horsepower bump.
Many held out hope for the upcoming STI version adding more power. However, in a surprising turn of events, Subaru announced that there would be no accompanying STI variant. Instead, the brand noted its primary focus on its electric car developments. As Subaru is far from the largest automaker in the world, its resources can’t be too spread out.
So as we edge towards the border of electric car dominance, is this the last we’ve seen of the rally-inspired Japanese icon? Will there be an electric continuation of the legendary model, and if it does come about, will it hold on to the same core values that made the original so popular? Only time will tell.