Now that we've seen and driven the 2015 Subaru WRX, it's time to set our sights on the car's more powerful and traditionally massively winged counterpart: the STI. And while a few rumors about the new STI have already leaked, Subaru today confirmed that we'll be seeing the hotter 'Rex at the Detroit Auto Show later this month. Hot diggity.

Last we heard, the new STI will still use a turbocharged, 2.5-liter boxer-four (remember, the standard WRX uses a version of the 2.0-liter engine found in the Forester) producing something like 300 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. What's more, don't expect the STI to hatch a five-door variant – Subaru recently told us that there are no plans to offer anything beyond a sedan bodystyle for both versions of the WRX. Sad trombone, we know.

That said, if our time with the 2015 WRX sedan is anything to go by, this new STI should be pretty rad. The new WRX is significantly sharper than the outgoing model (in terms of driving dynamics, anyway – it's still a pretty ugly little thing), and we fully expect the STI to be a bulgier, harsher, more powerful and aggressive version of the already awesome street-legal rally car. We're just hoping it will be offered with WRC-correct gold wheels, too.

Stay tuned for the WRX STI's official debut in just over one week's time. Have a look below for Subaru's brief confirmation statement.
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All-New 2015 Subaru WRX® STI® Debuts At North American International Auto Show In Detroit

CHERRY HILL, N.J., Jan. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Subaru of America, Inc. announced today it will introduce the all-new 2015 WRX STI, Subaru's iconic performance flagship model, at the North American International Auto Show on January 14th. Stay tuned to Subaru's media website at www.media.subaru.com for more information.

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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      c_lapap
      • 1 Year Ago
      The output of that engine has stayed the same for 10-ish years? Wonderful motor, but I'm sure In 10 years they could make more power out of it.
      jboogiezx6
      • 1 Year Ago
      subjectively, the 15 rex looks on par with the outgoing model…pretty much everything else is better. the new sti will offer the similar imporvements. maybe more power… more likely, better efficiency, handling dynamics, tech. sign me up
      redssstew
      • 1 Year Ago
      NAIAS is going to be a good one this year!
      Stinkyboy
      • 1 Year Ago
      What's up with the stupid banner ad for SHOP FOR A VEHICLE. How can I get rid of it?
      Dan Henry
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm sorry, but this thing is ugly. I was really excited to hear they were giving the WRX its own platform and I expect it to have styling on par with its performance... boy was I wrong. This looks like a slightly more aggressive Prius. And I mean slightly. Very, very, very underwhelming style and design. I don't even care to see what the STI looks like, unless it's an entirely different car and shares no style cues with this thing. Two thumbs down.
        juststudent
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dan Henry
        It's not really ugly. It's like evolution of 90's impreza.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dan Henry
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      Bispo Guerra
      • 1 Year Ago
      With each new generation WRX ... ugliness increases...must be an internal competition ... - I'll throw holy water on the monitor before viewing the new STi.
        ravenosa
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bispo Guerra
        Ugly compared to what? Not like BMW, Honda, Mazda or any of the other companies are putting out vehicles that look much different. Cars from Germany currently are being draped with Christmas lights and Nissan seems to be on a mission to make their cars as bulbous and warped looking as possible. Compared to a lot of other cars on the road, it's nice to see Subaru keep it simple...
          Richard Hertz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ravenosa
          Will never be uglier than an EVO X imo.
          Andrew B
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ravenosa
          I see a lot of Infiniti Q50 in the front and I think that's a good thing.
      Black Dyanmite
      • 1 Year Ago
      "If you thought the WRX was ugly, wait until you get a load of this!" - Subaru BD
        over9000
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        The only difference will be a big ass wing and larger hood scoop
      xtabay1
      • 1 Year Ago
      they really need to stop making the hood scoop so frigg'n large
        XT6Wagon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @xtabay1
        bugeye WRX hoodscoop stops working below 100mph. Which is one of the reasons for the taller STi scoop. Also the new shape for the 04+ cars.
      Jeff
      • 1 Year Ago
      If the HP/Torque #'s come in at 300/290, it will be ALMOST as disappointing as the production sheetmetal after we were teased the beautiful concept car. Really, only 300hp, will be an epic fail with the Audi S3 numbers and price without any of the panache or style. Will hugely limit interested parties....myself being one of them.
      Jack
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am afraid to look at the new STI after what they did with 2015 WRX...
        pdqgp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jack
        I agree. Just now really looking at the proposed 2015 WRX and I couldn't help but puke in my mouth. Looks like a recent Civic mated with a Subi my lesbian neighbor in her 50's drives.
      bonehead
      • 1 Year Ago
      Remember in 2005 when the still made 300hp and the mustang GT made 300hp Remember when in 2011 the Sti made 300hp and the mustang GT made 412hp Now with 2016 the wrx Sti will make an "astonishing" 300hp and the mustang GT will have roughly 500hp ... And yet the Sti STILL costs more?!?!?!?!?! Sti has lost it's edge and desirability
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bonehead
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      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not holding my breath.. Subaru lied about it not being another Impreza based car.. look what they did, the WRX comes out and its an Impreza. They can take away the name from the front, but doesn't change the fact of what its based on. The STI won't be any better, probably comes with a glass engine like the last gen version too.
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        @Kuro Houou
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          over9000
          • 1 Year Ago
          I honestly think you are an idiot if the WRX doesn't look like the Impreza, right down to the interior
          Gorgenapper
          • 1 Year Ago
          #2 - just google 'Ringland'. In addition to the scenic village of Ringland (Norfolk) and Ringland (Newport), virtually every other hit is about Subaru STI ringland failures. This whole ringland thing was one of the contributing factors to my decision in not picking up an STI hatch back in 2010. Even if only half of the reports are true...I'm sorry, I'm not going to put down good money on a ticking timebomb on wheels. Also: http://www.importtuner.com/tech/impp_1103_subaru_ej_series_engine_tech/viewall.html http://www.tamparacing.com/forums/subaru-tech/583738-excellent-post-about-sti-pistons.html
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          Gorgenapper
          • 1 Year Ago
          https://www.toronto-subaru-club.com/forums/technical-engine-turbo-built/168923-if-you-had-ringland-issue-post-here.html One of the Canadian threads I've been reading recently...
        GT-Reg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        Aaron N. Strikes again! On the same boat. They also teased about re-entering the WRC using a Yaris sized body. I guess they don't make 'em like they used too, no wonder why clean GDB-F's are retaining good value.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @GT-Reg
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