Proving there’s still life in Subaru’s STI performance sub-brand, the Levorg has benefited from some tweaks

With sales higher than ever thanks to booming popularity in the US and Japan, it’s not surprising to see Subaru’s low-volume niche performance models taking a back seat. The iconic STI brand isn’t dead quite yet though, with Subaru revealing a prototype version of its all-new Levorg STI with that little pink badge on its tailgate.

This is not a full-fat STI model, rather a showcase of new STI parts that will be available on the incoming Levorg through dealerships in Japan and later, other international markets.

Specific technical details have not been released, but Subaru has confirmed that the latest-gen Levorg will be available with a wide range of firsts for the marque, including adaptive dampers (perhaps a bit behind the curve there) and satellite referencing for the Levorg’s autonomous driving elements.

The standard Levorg prototype (which was nothing more than the production version with prototype written on the marketing material) features a new turbocharged 1.8-litre flat-four engine, paired with a CVT transmission and Subaru’s usual all-wheel drive system. Aesthetically, the STI differs little from the standard Levorg Prototype, with some new front-end styling inserts within the existing bumpers up front, fresh wheels and some gloss black skirts all the way around.