The debuts of the 2015 Subaru WRX and the Legacy Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week are kind of hogging the Subaru spotlight, making it easy to forget that there is a more potent, more aggressive version of the small sedan waiting in the wings. And based on a rumor from Australia, we'll see the sportier WRX STI at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

The report comes from Motoring in Australia, which claims that a more potent version of the WRX will make its debut in the Motor City, and that it will do so with an even 300 horsepower (five fewer than the current STI) and 290 pound-feet of torque (identical to the current car). Aside from the more potent 2.5-liter turbocharged flat four, the STI should boast the regular spread of aesthetic upgrades and suspension, brake, chassis and transmission tweaks.

The standard all-wheel-drive WRX will sprint to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds.

Of course, next week's debut of the 2015 WRX should shed some light on an eventual STI, but we're still going to need to wait until January to get the full scoop. In the meantime, further leaks continue on the LA-bound WRX courtesy of an early-release Car and Driver issue in PDF form that's making the rounds. According to information gleaned from the buff book, the WRX indeed gets a version of the Forester's 2.0-liter engine paired with a six-speed manual, a combo good for 265hp at 6,000 rpm and 244 lb-ft at 4,400 rpm. The standard all-wheel drive WRX will come with a 50:50 default torque split in manual form and sprint to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. Confirming earlier rumors, the C/D-sourced information also confirms word of a continuously variable transmission that includes Subaru's Variable Torque Distribution and a default front-to-rear torque split of 45:55. The two-pedal WRX is a bit slower to 60 mph, taking 5.9 seconds.

Additional tidbits of info include word of electric power steering, better torsional rigidity (41-percent better than the 2013 Rex), uprated brakes shrouded by larger 235/45 17-inch tires and a firmer suspension setup. Additional information on options and color combinations can be found over at Jalopnik, courtesy of what looks like some dealer-supplied information.

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      Txdesign
      • 1 Year Ago
      What was the point of that beautiful concept car that Subaru unveiled a few months back. That was so amazing it really would have made me think twice about getting a Subie for the first time.
      Ryan Stevens
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't think you guys remember this. A few years ago Subaru was saying that the next generation WRX would share NOTHING with the Impreza. It was going to be it's own model, including its big brother the STI. All I see is an Impreza with a hood scoop and some fancy headlights. I honestly don't know what most of you are on, but this thing looks hideous.
        bonehead
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ryan Stevens
        oh yeah i remember and thought what a stupid move that was. What makes the WRX affordable is the fact that its built on an economy car platform that is already developed and sold in large numbers keeping costs down. Making the WRX on another platform defeats the purpose to a degree. And it was also a dumb idea because the current impreza is the best platform yet. Lighter, stronger, better looking, and with a great interior.
      skareemoutloud
      • 1 Year Ago
      The information is wrong here. 268 hp with 258 lb ft torque. All the information can be found here: http://theautopanel.blogspot.com/2013/11/2015-wrxsti-unofficially-revealed.html
        skareemoutloud
        • 1 Year Ago
        @skareemoutloud
        also, it is not the forester's 2.0. it's the brz's 2.0 with a turbo.
          AlwaysOn
          • 1 Year Ago
          @skareemoutloud
          (It is the Forester's 2.0) 2014 Forester XT uses the FA engine along with the BRZ. All other Foresters use the FB. Now the WRX will use the FA engine as well.
        Gorgenapper
        • 1 Year Ago
        @skareemoutloud
        STI still has a 2.5L, not sure if its still the ringlands busting EJ257? Pass. 4 door sedan only? Double pass.
      Devin Baker
      • 1 Year Ago
      So the new Rex is uglier, has no performance increase, and an extra (unnecessary) gear, and the STI has lost power and also gotten uglier. Subaru is starting to sound a lot like Honda. This is a new model how?
      shngarmr
      • 1 Year Ago
      "shrouded by larger 235/45 17-inch tires" Larger than what? That's the current stock tire size.
      john_salcae
      • 1 Year Ago
      How can the concept look so amazingly great, and then the actual production car look so horribly bad?
        Cruising
        • 1 Year Ago
        @john_salcae
        Because concept cars are design studies not production models, with often exaggerated features that would not work in real cars. When was the last time you saw a artist rendering of a production model from a studio actually look like the road car? The concept looked great I agree but it would make a terrible sedan because of it's almost coupe like proportions, as a rear passenger I would not want to sit in the back for any extended time.
          Jimz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cruising
          Then again if you look at the final evo concept vs production car, I think it retained the lines much better than this wrx. Kinda looks like a tin can especially compared with the concept, and that concept didn't look so radical that they couldn't take most of it and make it production. Look at the camaro and Mustang concepts vs their production version. This is some really insulting cost cutting measures they are implementing with the new wrx. I would choose the evo over it but the evo interior is so bland and ugly and cheap that I don't think I'll be in the market for an awd 4 cylinder for quiet some time now.
      Redmachine
      • 1 Year Ago
      If the sti has 300 hp them im gone... trading my 2012 sti for something, maybe s3, maybe 235 m... that said, i think this article is bullsh1t.... many mistakes, and i dont believe subaru can be that stupid as to have this car make LESS power... It makes absolutely no sense for them to do that. And neither is keeping the 2.5 engine...
      06SI
      • 1 Year Ago
      If the WRX gets anything better than the outgoing model's 25 MPG highway I will be buying one.
        CoffeeJones
        • 1 Year Ago
        @06SI
        new direct injected engine - so yeah, it better. I'll probably just lease for two or three years.
      al4gg10
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is not the front end I was hoping For ! Big disappointment Subaru how could you take that concept & miss ! Why must the WRX / STI not have great exterior styling too. That concept looked so much better.
        Scooter
        • 1 Year Ago
        @al4gg10
        If your expecting ground-breaking style from Subaru...don't hold your breath.
          CoffeeJones
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Scooter
          I thought there was going to be a new type of electric motor powered turbo in the WRX / STI.
      Soyntgo4it
      • 1 Year Ago
      A buddy of mine is going to the LA auto show just to see this car's premiere told him not to get too excited about it. Looks as though he will be disappointed.. Guess when he gets back I can say I told you so. lol
      gameChanger
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wait - so my 2012 WRX at stock is faster to 60 than the new and supposed improved 2015 model?? Umm nice move Subaru.
      Jasonn
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gold BBS rims making their return on the launch edition of the STI!
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