Subaru's new STI S209 is an absolute hoot.But I'd be lying if I said driving a prototype of this upcoming, limited-edition sedan was the highlight of my recent trip to Japan.STI -- Subaru Tecnica International -- celebrated its 30th anniversary last year.Iarlier this month, it threw a belated birthday party at the base of Mt.Subaru owners and enthusiasts from across Japan flocked to Fuji Speedway to celebrate all things STI, and the automaker even used the occasion to introduce its 2019 WRX STI race car that'll compete in this year's Nurburgring 24-hour race.WRX sedans and hatchbacks made up the majority of the cars on display, of course, but I couldn't help but fawn over not-for-US models such as the Levorg wagon, or the coveted Legacy STI S204 that never graced US soil.
No, friends, we won't be getting the new Subaru Levorg in the US.But that doesn't mean there aren't a few things we can learn from Subaru's new sporty wagon, which officially debuted Wednesday at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show .First, a bit of background.The New Jersey escorts current Levorg -- the name, by the way, isn't French for "The Vorg," but instead, a portmanteau of the words "Legacy," "evolution" and "touring" -- has been on sale since 2014, and is currently available in Japan and Europe.The current model shares its platform with the last-generation Legacy, and uses several different engines, including the one found in the WRX sedan.
Expect the next-gen WRX to have turbo power, all-wheel drive and World Rally Blue paint.
Subaru's turbocharged sedan will premiere at the New York Auto Show.