Subaru has taken the wraps off a new model based on the Japanese-market Levorg wagon.
The car is called the Levorg STI Sport, and it’s been developed by the automaker’s in-house tuner Subaru Tecnica International.
The “Sport” in the title signifies that this isn’t one of the tuner’s dedicated performance offerings like the WRX STI. Rather, it’s a performance light model designed to appeal to older, more conservative types looking for a mix of performance and premium qualities.
There are two powertrain options on offer, both of them turbocharged flat-4s. The standard option is a 168-horsepower 1.6-liter mill while those seeking more power can upgrade to a 296-hp 2.0-liter mill that Subaru uses in the WRX STI in some markets.
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Unfortunately, the sole transmission is a CVT.
The Levorg STI Sport has also been dressed up with unique bumpers, an aero kit and a set of 18-inch wheels. And to aid the handling there’s Bilstein adjustable dampers, uprated springs and a recalibrated electronic power steering system.
Inside, there’s leather trim on the seats, steering wheel and gear shift lever. STI logos are also littered around the cabin, for example on the headrests, steering wheel and door sills.
Subaru will start selling the Levorg STI Sport in Japan this summer. Since the regular Levorg isn’t sold in the United States there’s next to no chance this STI version will end up here.