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It's hovered around 300 horsepower for more than a decade

Since it arrived in the US, the Subaru WRX STI has hovered around 300 horsepower. That was world-class in the early 2000s, but the 2018 model's 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer-four 305 horsepower output is no longer something to write home about. This week, The Truth About Cars reported that the hottest Impreza might get another slight bump. A NHTSA document lists the 2019 model at all of 310 horsepower, the same output as the limited-run WRX STI Type RA.

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Subaru Tecnica International was founded 3 WRC championships ago

The letters W, R and X are often featured on the trunklid of a fast, blue Subaru, but the other important letters for a Subaru are STI – standing for Subaru Tecnica International. The STI motorsport brand brings to mind '90s World Rally Championship victories and Impreza legends such as the wide-bodied 1998 22B, but the division is actually a bit older: STI is celebrating its 30th anniversary this week.

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Subaru may stick with CVTs for easy safety feature implementation

Don't panic, though. Yet.

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Lighter, with a smidge more power – but exclusivity and specialness in spades.

It's undeniably expensive, but the hardcore Subaru nuts will totally get it (if they can afford it).

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Possible future WRX becomes possible future WRX STI.

STI gives you wings.

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Common body color, high-end trim and special badge, plus a slideshow of 50 years of Subarus.

Common body color, high-end trim and special badge, plus a slideshow of 50 years of Subarus.

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A wet Nurburgring is a challenge for both our scribe and Subaru's pro driver.

Take the world's toughest race track. Then add water.

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No, the BRZ doesn't get a turbo.

The STI now has a whole 310 horsepower!

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That's just a step above the competition.

The regular Impreza was completely redesigned for 2017, so an all-new WRX seems likely soon.

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A tale of bobsleighs, boffins, and several pints of British bitters.

Mark Higgins may be a daredevil, but this was nearly too much even for him.

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Look for a refreshed version of the current car for 2018.

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New special edition isn't very special, though.

The WRX S4 tS gets some extra oomph from Subaru Tecnica International (STI).

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