Detroit motor show. Subaru has also announced the model will be sold in the UK from the summer, for a price of £28,995.
While the regular WRX features a turbocharged version of the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder boxer engine found in the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86,
the STI carries over the existing 305bhp 2.5-litre flat four, mated to a
six-speed manual gearbox. Like the new WRX, the STI is available in
four-door form only.
The STI’s standard all-wheel drive system is
enhanced with Subaru’s Driver Controlled Centre Differential (DCCD) and
a Torsen rear differential. The DCCD offers three automatic modes and a
manual mode with six centre differential lock settings. A new
brake-actuated torque vectoring system is only active when the stability
control is fully on or in the sportier ‘Traction’ setting, but not when
Other chassis updates include an 11 per cent
quicker ratio for the electrically assisted power steering, stiffer
inverted strut suspension, aluminium front lower control arms and
Outside, the STI features more aggressive
bodywork, including front wings, bumpers and doors, while the
intercooler scoop is set more deeply into the bonnet for better forward
visibility. A signature STI rear wing is prominent on the boot.
has been paid to improve the experience inside the hotter WRX —
something lacking in previous STIs. Soft-touch materials can be found on
the centre console armrest, door trim and dashboard, while a longer
wheelbase increases space. Dual-zone automatic climate control is
standard, as are heated seats. Optional features include power leather
seats and a sunroof.
The US market will also get up to 1000
Special Launch Edition models which will go on sale in April for three
months. Those cars will be Subaru blue with gold wheels, and will
feature a large rear spoiler harking back to classic WRX STI heritage.
Thanks to: Autocar