Chess move or something Toyota had planned all along without prior knowledge?
Did Subaru's Decision To Axe WRX STI Plans Have Anything To Do With Toyota's GR Corolla? | Carscoops
People have been crying out for an STI version of the WRX - but it seems that the same customers may have to make do with the new GR Corolla
As a longtime WRX owner, there was always one big thing that bugged me about the brand in general. My modified 2002 Bugeye could hang with even some of the newest STIs because despite being much newer, Subaru really never innovated once the WRX and its hot sibling, the STI, arrived.
Sure, the new WRX is more refined than the outgoing generation but it’s quite telling that it has nearly identical power numbers. Then there’s the fact that the top trim level is only available with a CVT. And then, of course, Subaru publicly came out and put down any hope for a new STI like it was an unwanted puppy."