Parking Lot Hunting: A Levorg STI Sport

Since Rev Speed magazine’s annual Hyper Meet at Tsukuba Circuit largely revolves around Subarus and Mitsubishis of the all-wheel drive turbo variety, on the day of the event I decided to take a stroll around the parking lots to see if I could find something special to spotlight. And that I did.

Living in Japan for almost three years now has opened my eyes to the joys of wagons. The extra functional space afforded by these type of vehicles allow owners to haul their family, their groceries, their camera gear, and perhaps most importantly, their racing tires with ease.


The VM Subaru Levorg, which recalls the Legacy’s sports roots, is a car I’ve been eyeing-up ever since it was released in Japan back in 2014. Now, with a STI Sports version available – the model you see here – my desire for one is only stronger.


The Subaru Tecnica International package adds some aggressive aero to the front, sides and rear, plus a new suspension setup thanks to Bilstein adjustable dampers. There’s also the option of a 2.0L turbo engine good for almost 300hp and 300lb-ft of torque, an upgrade from the standard 170hp 1.6-liter unit.


With a good platform already established, the owner of this particular Levorg STI Sport has taken things a step further with some select aftermarket upgrades.


The front lip spoiler, rear bumper, and dual exhaust system that came standard on the STI have been replaced with a kit from Shining Speed, a company that specializes in the Levorg and Legacy. The rear spoiler is also a Shining Speed item.


Beautiful Work Zeast ST1 wheels with gold anodized centers and polished lips pull the whole visual look together.


This had to be the best looking VM Levorg at the Rev Speed magazine event, and the fact that it was hanging out in the parking lot made it all the sweeter. Now, if only Subaru would do something about the CVT transmission, especially for the STI version…

Ron Celestine
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As someone who hasn't really loved anything STI since the 90's body style this thing is really beautiful. The flashy wheels are killing it though. Some track wheels/tires would fit it better IMO


since when do subarus look this good? lol


Lol right??


Looks damn good, like it!


I can't be the only one around here who wishes the Levorg would come to Canada and the US.


Subaru, plz...

Why must you torment us?!


Test drove one. Has potential and looks good in the flesh. Really needs the 6spd (and a real STI model). Wouldn't buy the one with STI trim as the $10k extra here would be better spent on the engine, Brembos and high end dampers.


The car is cool, but i still cant get over its name. Levorg? This has to be one of the most random names on the market. Levitation Organism?


LEgacy reVOlution TouRinG


smart ass : ))


Just an FYI, this Levorg is in fact not the STI Styling Pack, as they have a completely different front bar, in addition to a red interior and electronic Bilstein dampers. Likely a GTS or Spec B (did they even get a Spec B trim Japan?) from the black headlight inserts.

Oh well, I'll be converting mine to 6MT one day! :P


CVT is an abomination and should be wiped from existence for eternity for the preservation and sanity of future generations.


^ Truth. Just learn to drive stick.


Have you ever spent a week in Los Angeles? You would think differently if you have to endure the 405 or 5 or 91 or 10 or 55 or 57 or the etc. etc.


Whats wrong with the CVT.
Had my Forester XT 2.0 premium 3years , love the CVT box, paddle shift and all.
Drivers car and at 70 plus enjoy the ride


U sure u had a CVT?... No paddles, no shifting, no gears, no passion. Just like a 50cc scooter.


50cc scooters are fun!!!


I know right! Thats why i said passion instead of fun lol. I love 50cc!


Not bad at all. Looks good and pictures are good too. Thanks for sharing.


What a fuckin metal name for a family wagon.

Levorg...its like a deception or a Star Trek villain

Rich E Wavy Kariuki

Levorg's, to me, are the best looking Subaru's to come out in a while...but then they brought it out as CVT only (at least they did in Australia). Daaaaaaaaamn iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit!


At that last picture, any chance we can know what is that bright YELLOW van/wagon parked on the other side of the lot?


Toyota Sienta


Thanks, i would never figure it out!


I'd totally rock one of these if it had a 5/6mt.

Mitchell Chapman

Really wanting a Subaru Legacy GT wagon after seeing this. (I'm in America and we never get the cool JDMs).


You're not alone. There's so many cool cars in Japan that never make it over here for whatever reason.


I seriously looked into a Levorg, until I found out a CVT is the only transmission. Pass.


I love the current STi - and I seem to be the only guy who actually likes it with that big wing - but a lot of Subaru guys complain about how it's not available as a hatchback.

I don't like hatchbacks on principle - unless we're talking about a third-gen Trans Am - but Subaru should import this thing to America to deal with the lack of a long-roof variant here.


Can someone tell me what that hood scoop extension is? I have never seen one like that for the 2015+ body style.