A little while back, it was revealed that Subaru was about to change up the powertrain of its outdated WRX STI performance saloon. It is now to become a hybrid and will resemble something along the lines of the Viziv Performance concept that we saw at this year's Tokyo Motor Show.

Then came the news that the next generation of the car wouldn't be made available to a UK market due to a severe lack of sales. And now, to put the final nail in the coffin, a Subaru representative has declared that it won't just be the UK but the whole of Europe that will be struck from the shipping list.

Subaru’s head of European sales, David Dello Stritto, told Top Gear: “The 18MY WRX STI is the last model that will be launched in Europe. The discontinuation of the model is applicable to Europe only.”

This means that the next WRX STI will probably be produced for American and Japanese markets, leaving us to begrudgingly import the cars wearing the legendary badge.

Subaru's design boss has even hinted that the car may not even feature a boxer-four engine, stating that symmetrical all-wheel drive is the only ingredient that is "critical" to the new car.

If only Subaru had progressed further with this WRX concept from 2013.

If only Subaru had progressed further with this WRX concept from 2013.

If you're an old school Impreza fan then, the next few years could be painful ones, full of electrification, SUVs and a complete lack of any rallying pedigree. We're waiting for the silver lining...

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