Essentially a WRX wagon, the Levorg STI has been around in Japan for a few years and Subaru is transitioning the fast estate into its second generation towards the end of 2021. Also sold as the WRX Sportwagon in Australia and as the WRX GT tS Wagon in New Zealand, the forbidden fruit is now made more palatable with a JDM-flavored special edition. Meet STI Sport, a limited running variant launched today at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2023.
It started as the range-topping Levorg STI Sport R EX and received an assortment of upgrades, including 19-inch BBS forged wheels wrapped in 225/40 ZR19 Michelin Pilot Sport 5 tires. Other features include a transmission oil cooler, strut tower brace, and flexible draw stiffeners. In addition to mechanical changes, the performance wagon gets various black exterior details and the Recaro front bucket seats are trimmed in suede and synthetic leather.
Sharing the spotlight at TAS with the 2024 Impreza featuring STI parts, the Levorg STI Sport is motivated by a turbocharged 2.4-liter petrol engine. That gets 271 horsepower (202 kilowatts) and 258 pound-feet (350 Newton-meters) of torque sent to the all-wheel-drive system via a continuously variable transmission. It delivers the same output as the US-spec WRX but it’s a CVT-only affair as a six-speed manual isn’t available.
Subaru intends to build just 500 units and cost 5,764,000 yen each. That translates to around $45,000 and €41,400 at current exchange rates. Dealers across the country will be taking orders from January 26 to May 12. Stick with the standard 2.4-liter Levorg STI R and you’ll be spending the equivalent of $34,600 or €32,000, which honestly sounds like a very good all-in-one family car.