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If the all-new 2015 Subaru WRX has taken a good thing and made it great, then this should be, well, greater. Meet the range-topping WRX STI, packing more power, a decidedly more aggressive suspension tune, beefier looks, a giant wing and (woo!) gold wheels.

Those spiffy BBS wheels and WRC rally-ready matching WR Blue paint won't necessarily be around forever, though – Subaru is offering this package (along with unique interior trim) on the STI Launch Edition, limited to just 1,000 units. And cool as it may look, there's far more to love about the new STI package.

Power comes from a 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer four-cylinder engine, sending 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. (Launch Edition models even get a short-throw shift kit, which will likely be available as a dealer-installed accessory thereafter). Unlike the standard WRX, a do-it-yourself 'box will be the only transmission available. Subaru is employing its new – *ahem* – Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential version of the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, which, in addition to a standard 41/59 torque split, uses things like torque vectoring, and, when put in manual mode, allows the driver to select one of six center differential locking levels. In other words, the STI should be incredibly sharp on the road – sharper than ever before.

Inside, the STI's interior isn't vastly different from what's used in the new WRX, with specific badging, of course. And also like the new WRX, the STI will be a sedan-only affair. Sorry, hatchback lovers.

We'll have plenty more images of the new WRX STI in the near future, live from Cobo Hall. In the meantime, scroll down for a video showing the car in action along with Subaru's press release.


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ALL-NEW 2015 SUBARU WRX® STI® DEBUTS AT NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW IN DETROIT

- New platform offers a stiffer, more agile chassis for Subaru's global performance flagship model
- Bold new sedan model with aero body design
- High-performance chassis with new Active Torque Vectoring
- 305 hp turbo BOXER engine; most powerful engine in the segment
- Driver Controlled Center Differential All-Wheel Drive
- STI Launch Edition limited to 1,000 available

DETROIT, Jan. 14, 2014 – Subaru of America, Inc. today introduced the all-new 2015 WRX STI, Subaru's iconic performance flagship model, at the North American International Auto Show. Subaru will offer a WRX STI Launch Edition, limited to 1,000 units and exclusively featuring WR Blue paint and gold BBS® forged alloy wheels and unique interior trim.

Powered by the legendary 305-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged BOXER engine, the 2015 WRX STI debuts a new four-door wide-body design, built on a stiffer chassis for even greater handling agility and precision. The WRX STI provides a rally-bred drivetrain and all-wheel drive handling that is unique to this model. Handling is enhanced with a stiffer chassis, firmer springs and faster steering (13.0:1 ratio).

New for the 2015 WRX STI, Active Torque Vectoring joins an arsenal of the model's proven handling technologies that includes Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control, and a Brembo® Performance Brake System with Super Sport ABS.

The 2015 WRX STI carries its bold personality inside, where new Alcantara seating surfaces accented by red and black leather bolsters and red stitching set the tone for the upgraded and roomier cabin. A driver-focused interior remains integral to the WRX STI performance character, with the new model debuting a motorsports-inspired flat-bottom steering wheel and new whiplash-reducing performance-design front seats with height and tilt-adjustable head restraints. A wide array of new user technologies include, for the first time in a WRX STI, availability of a harman/kardon® premium audio system.

Iconic STI Design Exclusively in Sedan Form

A bolder front design makes the 2015 WRX STI look ready to devour the road. The "nose-cone" configuration combines the grille and bumper cap into one unit ahead of the hood, which for the 2015 model is made from aluminum to reduce weight over the front of the car. Narrower headlights, designed to evoke a raptor's stare, flank the Subaru hexagonal grille. It's a more powerful stare thanks to new standard LED low-beam headlights.

The special hood, fenders, doors and quarters, bumpers, headlights and taillight clusters convey the WRX STI identity. As on previous WRX STI models, a functional hood scoop supplies the intercooler with fresh air, and in the 2015 model it is set more deeply into the hood to provide better forward visibility.

Other new performance-oriented details include foglight surrounds with a carbon fiber-like pattern and front fender vents that feature a mesh screen. A full aerodynamic body package includes the large trunk spoiler that has been a WRX STI signature feature. A rear diffuser, LED taillights and LED center high-mount stop lamp (CHMSL) leave a distinctive signature.

New, Stiffer Chassis for Greater Handling Agility

The 2015 WRX STI body structure makes greater use of high-tensile steel than the previous model and features special stiffening elements at key locations. The stiffer chassis helps yield a super-quick steering response that was benchmarked against top-handling sports cars. The 13.0:1 steering ratio provides a quick 2.5 turns lock-to-lock compared to 14.5:1 and 2.8 for the standard WRX model.

As on previous WRX STI models, the 2015 version uses an exclusive inverted-strut front suspension system that provides higher levels of cornering agility. Aluminum front lower L-arms reduce unsprung vehicle weight. The STI-tuned suspension teams with standard 18-inch wheels and 245/40R18 summer performance tires, with the WRX STI Launch Edition and WRX STI Limited models featuring BBS® forged aluminum-alloy wheels.

305-hp Turbo BOXER Engine

The 2015 WRX STI is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged/intercooled 4-cylinder BOXER engine that employs the Dual Active Valve Control System (Dual AVCS). The engine, which is exclusive to the STI model, produces 305 horsepower (SAE) at 6,000 rpm and 290 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,000 rpm.

The WRX STI engine is teamed exclusively with a specially reinforced 6-speed manual transmission, which includes an STI short-throw shifter in the Launch Edition model. Incline Start Assist can momentarily prevent the car from rolling backward when being driven away from a stop on an incline.

The Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) powertrain management system allows the driver to tailor the car's driving characteristics by choosing from among three selectable modes – "Intelligent," "Sport" and "Sport Sharp" – using a rotary dial on the center console. SI-DRIVE alters vehicle performance characteristics by regulating the engine control module and by fine-tuning the electronic throttle control system.

Multi-Mode DCCD All-Wheel Drive with Three-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control

The 2015 WRX STI is exclusively equipped with the Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) version of Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. This sophisticated system uses planetary-type center differential gears with a nominal 41:59 torque split. A mechanical limited-slip type center differential augments an electronically controlled center differential to enhance torque transfer performance.

Sensor inputs that include steering angle, throttle position, RPM, lateral-g, yaw, brake, ABS and wheel speed govern torque transfer response. A helical-type limited-slip front differential and a TORSEN® torque-sensing limited-slip rear differential optimize side-to-side torque distribution.
The DCCD AWD system features three automatic modes, each using varying degrees of center differential locking to match different driving situations. In manual mode, the driver can select one of six center differential locking levels to suit the driving situation.

Active Torque Vectoring, an enhancement of the Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system, can apply brake pressure to the inside front wheel to facilitate more neutral cornering. The VDC system offers yet more driver choices, with three settings: "VDC Normal," "Traction" and "Off." Each provides respectively lesser degrees of system engagement, allowing the driver to tailor response for the driving situation. Active Torque Vectoring remains engaged for "Normal" and "Traction" modes.

Premium Cabin

A one-inch longer wheelbase than the previous WRX STI helps provide a roomier cabin in the new model. The windshield is more raked than before, with the A-pillar pulled forward nearly eight inches at the base for better forward visibility, aided by a lower dashboard and narrower A-pillars. Lower side sills and wider-opening doors make ingress/egress easier. Rear seat legroom is increased by nearly two inches, and trunk capacity is now 12 cu. ft., up from 11.3 cu. ft. in the previous WRX STI sedan. A standard 60/40-split fold-down rear seat extends versatility. New available Welcome Lighting responds to the driver approaching the car.

In the 2015 WRX STI, the driver grips a new flat-bottom, leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel that integrates switches for audio and Bluetooth control. The STI Design electroluminescent gauge panel gets a new 3.5-in. central LCD screen that displays various functions, including low-level warnings for oil and windshield washer fluid and the selected gear.

Rich-looking appointments and details abound, including soft-touch materials for the dashboard, door trim and center console armrest. A new multi-information central display with 4.3-in. LCD screen provides a multitude of vehicle system functions, including a standard rear camera display, a boost gauge display, audio (on non-navigation models), Bluetooth and climate control settings, and a VDC screen showing traction control operation. The display can also provide a vehicle self-check and maintenance reminder.

Standard features for the 2015 WRX STI include dual-zone automatic climate control and the All-Weather Package (dual-mode heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer). The new standard audio system combines AM/FM stereo with HD Radio®, a single-disc in-dash CD player, 6 speakers, MP3/WMA capability, Radio Data Broadcast System (RDBS), Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming, iPod® control capability, iTunes® Tagging, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (subscription required), USB port and a 3.5mm auxiliary audio input jack. Numerous compartments located in and around the center console hold phones, USB drives and MP3 players.

An available touch-screen navigation system displays on a 6.1-inch LCD screen and offers voice controls. The WRX STI Limited model adds the luxury of leather-trimmed upholstery, an 8-way power driver's seat, the harman/kardon premium audio system and a power moonroof that opens one inch farther than on the previous model.

Subaru Safety

Subaru's renowned safety package uses the brand's proven Ring-shaped Reinforcement Frame body structure, which has been shown to excel in the new small overlap test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In the cabin, a driver's knee airbag is added to the roster of safety features that includes front side pelvis/torso airbags and side curtain airbags that offer front and rear outboard seat coverage.

Subaru produces a full line of all-wheel drive sedans, crossovers and SUVs, along with the rear-wheel drive BRZ sports car.

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 dealers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit www.subaru.com.


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      cgm9999
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, at least the STI has to have the world record for treading water the longest by now, right? I'm glad I wasn't emotionally invested in this reveal; if I was, I'd be either: 1.) terribly disappointed; or 2.) desperately (and unconvincingly) apologizing for Subaru's lack of innovation to anyone that would listen. It's bad enough that the STI has stayed stagnant on the powertrain front for over a decade (which is shocking given its competition and the ever-tightening fuel efficiency standards that have sprung up since it first debuted in the US), but combine that with the fact that the STI has done nothing but get larger and fatter over the same time period and you end up with the very definition of "has been". When the STI debuted, it was no doubt a giant killer. Even haters had to respect it. To really put it into perspective, in 2004 Ford was still building a 260 hp Mustang GT (!!!), and the recently departed Camaro Z28 equipped with an LS1 put out an advertised 305 hp (albeit a very underrated 305 hp). Back in 2004, 300hp was a shocking amount of power, especially packaged into a compact car that sold for less than $33,000. Today, 300hp can be had in almost anything to include a new Chrysler 200. The new Mustang will put out 420+ hp. Ditto for the Camaro. At what point does a Subaru fan throw up their hands in exasperation? I've always respected the WRX/STI for what it was, however never really seriously considered owning one due to my preference for cars with better interiors and fit and finish. That said, Subaru really could've enticed me to think twice about their new WRX if they would've simply kept up with the competition. I see that the interior, at least in photos, looks FAR better than anything they've every put in a WRX; that's a huge plus. If they would've built something that looked like the concept they showed (you know, like they said they would before they dropped this rice-cake flavored dullard on us), again, I would've took notice. If they didn't kill the hatch, I'd have no excuse not to seriously consider it. Finally, if their product plans for this car kept pace with the industry rather than being frozen in time for a decade+, I'd most definitely be a contrarian for ignoring it. Keep in mind, too, that none of these prerequisites are silly "pie in the sky" pipe dreams; I wasn't demanding or expecting Subaru to roll out a 500 hp monster that weighed 2,500 lbs. with driver and fluids. All of the aforementioned criticisms are reasonable expectations given the length of time that the STI has been sold in the US, and the competition. Why Subaru kept such a restrictive choke chain on their halo product for such a long time is baffling.
        uflewis
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cgm9999
        This (former) Subaru fan already did throw up my hands in exasperation. I sold my 13 STi and got a Jeep. I waited a long time to get it, and was underwhelmed. I simply fell out of love with the WRX/STi, due to Subaru's desire to keep it stagnant.
          cgm9999
          • 1 Year Ago
          @uflewis
          To me, that's a terrible shame. The WRX/STI both have a very rich and respected heritage with very passionate fans (and rightfully so). To see Subaru neglect their most exciting products is simply criminal, IMO.
          uflewis
          • 1 Year Ago
          @uflewis
          Gary: No, But I looked at them. $60k+ is way, WAY more money than I'm willing to spend on anything but a performance car of some kind. I've always liked Wranglers, and with one kid and likely one or two more in the cards, I got a Wrangler Unlimited. I like it a lot, and though I miss the STi on the highway, the Jeep suits me much better.
          gary
          • 1 Year Ago
          @uflewis
          Did you get an SRT-8? Because that's the only Jeep that would make this story make sense.
      Michael
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll wait for the new engine and wagon redesign, I'm sure we'll see in 2-3 years.
      Redmachine
      • 1 Year Ago
      i blame mitsubishi and the dead evo... if it werent dead im sure subaru would have been forced to up the ante
      Redmachine
      • 1 Year Ago
      not twin scroll, not direct injected... same specs... sad...
      Tom Flanigan
      • 1 Year Ago
      2004 STi - purchased June 30th, 2003 For almost 10 years I have hoped Subaru would make some major changes to the STi and keep it a performance leader and every year I have been disappointed. Minor changes have been listed as if they were significant steps forward, like one year when Subaru announced they had lowered the engine by 1/10 of an inch to lower the center of gravity but ignored the fact they switched the hood from aluminum to steel. For 10 years Subaru has taken roughly the same engine, transmission, differentials, brakes, etc... and made announcements that this was the best STi yet. Each new model of STi may have been better than the last but if so it's only been marginally so and Subaru certainly hasn't kept pace with performance gains that other manufactures have made in nearly every other model of car from the lowly econoboxs to high end sports cars.
        VinnieL
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tom Flanigan
        You nailed it. I have owned 3 Subaru's and currently a 13' STi wagon. At least I don't have to worry about the urge to upgrade anytime soon.
        cgm9999
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tom Flanigan
        What this guy said.
        Jazzor
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tom Flanigan
        ^ All Of This ^
      ray5240
      • 1 Year Ago
      Definitely immediately disappointed w/ the engine and power rating here. This car is completely stagnant power wise and has been for a long time... Was there a big jump in the MPG rating while maintaining the same power? At least that would be a change. I didn't yet see anything about that.
        Jazzor
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ray5240
        Bet you the mileage is not even that big deal either... perhaps 2/3+ MPG on the highway (on cruise, under 60mph, windows up, etc, lol)... They're giving a damn about what this car is going to waste in gasoline all the while forgetting to bump up the damn engine power ever so slightly!? ....The hell out of here Subaru!!!
      Jazzor
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was honestly expecting at least a 10% bump in power... wtf...
        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jazzor
        The world doesn't end with horsepower. A lighter car and updated suspension will provide plenty of performance improvement.....if it's been done right.
          VinnieL
          • 1 Year Ago
          @superchan7
          Except they have done nothing to make this chassis lighter than the outgoing model. 70lbs heavier. Every chassis since the GC has gone up in weight.
          nbtech
          • 1 Year Ago
          @superchan7
          It's not lighter, but the handling improvements will be nice.
          Jazzor
          • 1 Year Ago
          @superchan7
          I agree but, seriously not a single extra HP? no matter how light they make it, it wont go under 3k lbs, so it wont clean the clock out of the last model, it might clock in a mere second or tents of seconds if anything with 50-100lbs in weight drop...
      domingorobusto
      • 1 Year Ago
      They really are still not upping the stakes power-wise? They had basically that same amount of power 10 YEARS AGO. That power was very, very impressive in 2004. In 2014, it's pretty mediocre for a car that costs this much. I'm sure it will be a fun car, just as it always has been. But where is the progress?
        WindsWilling
        • 1 Year Ago
        @domingorobusto
        They probably had a surplus of these EJ's laying around the factory and the order that someone placed to use those motors as anchors for their small fishing boats fell through. So, suby is going to stuff them in the car for a year or two until the stock's depleted, then say, "hai guyz, look at this new motor, we listened". They did the same thing with the WRX considering it should have been out same year the "new" Impreza hit. But instead they wanted to clear out remaining chassis they had and used the WRX as the outlet. I can't wait for the damage control that Subaru pulls here in the next few days. Should get a couple good laughs from that. Hyping up the "new chassis exclusive to WRX/STI", to the 22B retro vids they made, to the WRX concept.. To the current WRX, no wagon, and now their flagship STI still using that junk old EJ emission and economy nightmare. Subaru upset a lot of people and burnt many of bridges. And the people still on board for a Subaru are going for WRX instead of lusting after the flagship STI because the WRX has the newer engine tech inside. GG Subaru, bunch of goofs.
          G_Rock
          • 1 Year Ago
          @WindsWilling
          Hilarious. Damage control?? There is no need to apologize for power levels when the only need for more power arises with the addition of weight. Apparently, you don't understand power to weight ratio.
          Gorgenapper
          • 11 Months Ago
          @WindsWilling
          @grock be quiet, adults are talking.
        Bryant Keith
        • 1 Year Ago
        @domingorobusto
        The only reason to add more power is if you add weight. Since the weight has remained relatively unchanged since then why add power?
      Durishin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ya know... the Golf R with less HP but a DSG, 4-Motion and a hatch look not bad. It's just that, you get to 61,001 miles and stuff starts breaking...
        Trevor K
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Durishin
        I've had multiple VWs and newer Audis, none of which have had major problems at all. I love my 2010 S4. 83k miles, tuned and still as strong as day one.
          hokkaido76
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Trevor K
          @ Trevor K: The anecdotal evidence of one person (how convincing). I have heard SEVERAL other people say otherwise.
        manlotus
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Durishin
        Well it would be comedic gold to imply that stuff doesn't break on Subarus...
        404 not found
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Durishin
        I'd get the DSG R over this. VW/Audi make a great product but have a little ways to go in terms of quality of their parts/components. (Failing water pumps and intake manifolds)
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't have a problem with the styling. I just think they are resting on their laurels and not doing anything to improve the performance. 305hp is not particularly impressive in this day and age.
      Durishin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wish we could run a poll but... Do you think that Subaru should have waited until they had a new engine to introduce the STi or have they made the right choice by launching it with the EJ257? Why?
        Brandon Allen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Durishin
        Yes!! The new model is not much better than the last aside from some torque vectoring programming on the brakes. A revised transmission that has better engine placement and stiffer suspension. All changes they could have adopted to the current body style. If you ask me, they should follow BMW and Audi etc. launch the standard model then wait a year or two to launch the STI. If they want the STI badge to stand for anything then they need to give it an heir of exclusivity and wait until the base model isncomete to get to work on making their improvements.
          TRAILbrake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Brandon Allen
          Mid-$30k BMW 3-Series, the Realtor lease favorite. Also popular with fashion design and cosmetology grads.
          PSP
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Brandon Allen
          Agreed. But it is STILL a good bargain. Look at the BMW and Audi prices...
          speed12sil
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Brandon Allen
          Using it as an all season car, then it's worth it, especially in the snow. If just in mild weather states, then going with the 328i which can be had for about the same price if you know where to get close to invoice is the better choice. That applies to 335i too so...
        Fazzster
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Durishin
        Could be the new 2.0 was not ready to make that kind of power while meeting North American emissions standards?
      oversteer
      • 1 Year Ago
      weak
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