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Subaru STI E-RA Concept teased

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Subaru has teased a mysterious new concept car ahead of its reveal at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

The E-RA Concept doesn’t look like the next-generation WRX STI we’ve been waiting for – and that’s because, well, it isn’t the next-generation WRX STI.

Instead, it’s a “a new project launched with an aim of gaining experience and practice in new technologies in the world of motorsport which is making its way toward a carbon neutral era”.

Given that mission statement, and the “E” in the E-RA name, it’s likely the concept is electric. Beyond that, we know very little.

Subaru has an electric car in its range to borrow from. The concept could repurpose the motors from the Solterra SUV, which packs either 150kW or 160kW of power depending on which powertrain you pick.

In its most powerful form, the Solterra hits 100km/h in 7.7 seconds from standstill. Those figures seem low for a car such an aggressive front end, though.

Alternatively, the concept could be a study in sustainable materials designed to slash weight and make upcoming cars more efficient.

Whatever it is, the E-RA won’t be alone on the Subaru stand in Tokyo. It’ll be parked alongside the WRX S4 STI Performance Concept, a WRX outfitted with a full range of performance parts.

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