The second generation Subaru Levorg was introduced in November 2020 with only one drivetrain choice, a 177 horsepower 1.8 liter boxer engine mated to a CVT transmission. A year after its introduction, Subaru introduced a minor change to the Levorg including a new 2.4 liter turbocharged engine for the new grade called STI Sport R.
This new engine is similar to the same time announced JDM WRX S4 model. Power output is 275 horsepower at 5600 rpm and 375 NM of torque between 2000-4800 rpm. Only a CVT transmission is available but Subaru did its best to make it enjoyable for the driving enthusiast. It designed such that it behaves similar to a double clutch transmission. For example during acceleration upshifts, the torque of the engine is momentarily cut when in S and S+ mode. In these modes there are 8 programmed gears that can also be operated manually. In D mode, the transmission behaves like a normal CVT.
The STI Sport R also gets a Variable Torque Distribution front:rear center differential. In normal condition it sends 55% of the torque to the rear. In the interior there is a boost gauge available in the 12.3 inch LCD display in front of the driver. Standard the STI Sport R comes with black leather seats but more sporty Recaro seats can be had as an option.
For all the grades Levorg, the following changes have been made. The original launch color of Cool Gray Khaki has been abolished but instead 3 new colors are available: Ceramic White, Sapphire Blue Pearl and Ignition Red. From now there is also a sunroof option available. And operating conditions for the electric rear tail gate have been improved.