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The automaker has taken the wraps at home in Japan off the Levorg STI Sport model, which is mostly true to the latter moniker rather than the iconic STI nameplate.

This is because while the Levorg STI Sport comes with enhanced handling, looks more aggressive and has an updated interior, the STI power credentials are actually eerie absent. The fans will mostly be disappointed the new Levorg version is not a 328-horsepower wagon with an entire plethora of enhancements. The model that is being presented by Subaru is enticing in itself, but using the STI badge usually meant the ride becomes decidedly thrilling. Exclusively available in Japan – at least for now – the enhanced Levorg STi Sport will bring better handling and a nicer interior this summer when it hits dealerships.

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The most important updates have to do with the handling, thanks to the addition of Bilstein’s DampMatic II shocks at the front, updated springs, and retuned steering. Powertrain options remain the same: 1.6-liter turbocharged boxer four-cylinder with 168 horsepower or the 2.0-liter turbo, boxer four with 296 hp, both mated to a CVT transmission and sending the power through the symmetrical all wheel drive system.

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Meanwhile, the Levorg STI Sport also has a specific design thanks to the new body kit that comes with a more aggressive front bumper, modified grille and new 18-inch wheels. Buyers can also opt for the iconic WR Blue Pearl in addition to the wagon’s regular color choices. The cabin has been upscaled through the addition of Bordeaux red leather matched by black trim, while STI logos sit on the headrests, steering wheel, and side sill plates.