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From Japan with Love: Subaru Teases Hardcore New WRX for the US Market

Two of the most anticipated new cars in the "affordable" enthusiast market are the next generation Subaru WRX and WRX STI, which should be moving on to Subaru's new global platform within the next few years. Next month at the North American International Show, Subaru won't be debuting the next-gen WRX, but they will be showing off a new track-focused edition of the current STI that was just teased in a new video.

Subaru WRX STI Virginia International Raceway

Shot at Virginia International Raceway, the short 30-second teaser shows a camo-covered WRX STI lapping the track with the words "From Japan with Love" at the end. However, aside from that, we're left to guess what exactly the car will be.

Subaru WRX STI Virginia International Raceway Front

Rumors have pointed to Subaru bringing the "S209" nameplate over to the U.S. for the special edition. This would fall in line with track-focused limited production WRXs that have been sold in the Japanese domestic market for a while. The description on the video even says "coming to America for the first time ever."

Subaru WRX STI Virginia International Raceway Wing

From the video we can see that the car has a large GT wing like the one on the current WRX STI RA, and it also appears to have fender flares and wider wheels and tires all around. As for what's under the hood or what kind of power bump the car will get, we'll have to wait and see.

Subaru WRX STI Virginia International Raceway Sunrise

The current WRX and STI platform has been around since 2014, and it looks like this winged, wide body version of the car will be Subaru's way of closing out the model run with a bang.

More details will be revealed on January 14 in the Motor City, and in the meantime you can see the video right here.

We really hope Subaru puts a WRX engine in a Crosstrek to make the ultimate performance off-roader.

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