What Does WRX STi Stand For?

The Subaru WRX STi is a Japanese performance legend.

Its rally pedigree helped propel the WRX STi to motoring superstardom, and all generations of the WRX STi have found a cult following (some perhaps more deservedly so than others).

However, what does WRX STi stand for?

In this short article we are going to look at the meaning of the name.

So, what is the meaning of WRX STi?

Let’s start by looking at the WRX piece.

WRX is meant to stand for “World Rally Cross” (X as in the symbol for cross).

This is to denote the rally heritage of the WRX, which was adapted from the fairly pedestrian Impreza sedan.

The STi part does not mean what many people think it might (in the, shall we say, medical context).

STi actually stands for Subaru Technica International.

Subaru Technica International is Subaru’s Motorsport division – similar to BMW’s M division, Mercedes’ AMG, or Nissan’s NISMO.

It was founded in 1988 by Fuji Heavy Industries (now Subaru Corporation) which is the parent company of Subaru.

Compared with Prodrive, STi is an “in-house” company. It is part of the Subaru family of companies and does not sit outside of it as an independent tuning house.

Therefore, WRX STi stands for “World Rally Cross / Subaru Technica International”

What is your favourite generation of the WRX STi? Let us know in the comments below!

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