It’s a new day and age for the Japanese manufacturer Subaru who just released the latest rendition of their little performance beast. Better known as the WRX STI, the 2015 model underwent substantial modifications and upgrades including a re-designed suspension, which is mated with Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. Add in a Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) with three automatic performance modes, six manual differential locking-control settings, and a 41:59 torque split and you will discover that the 2015 Subaru WRX STI offers spectacular handling.
Some traditional aficionados may become displeased as Subaru maintained the same 305 horsepower BOXER engine, yet, there will be a world of difference once they’ve experienced the faster response of its throttle. The 2.5-liter turbocharged powerplant produces 290 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpms and is partnered with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Subaru accomplished this by carefully reprogramming the WRX STI’s computer with SI-DRIVE engine performance management with various settings including Intelligent, Sport, and Sport Sharp. Now imagine this package on a closed racecourse. Impeccable! Also, the engine rhythm has improved since the system filters and directs the symphony inside the cabin.
All in all, the new model is instilled with a bigger trunk than the prior model, a new 4.3” multi-media system, boost gauge display, a spectacular 440-watt, 9-speaker audio system from harman/Kardon, and the ability for Keyless Access & Start. A limited production WRX STI Launch Edition of 1,000 units allows you to transform your vehicle with WR Blue Pearl paint, 18×18.5” gold BBS forged-alloy rims, and key interior upgrades such as Alcantara surfaces. Sorry Subaru, but we’re not fans of gold wheels. Consumers also have the option of the WRX STI Limited.
The latest Active Torque Vectoring technology provides the WRX STI with agility around fast bends with no bounds since it can pressure the inside front wheels’ brakes for optimal cornering control. If you think we’re exaggerating then please do jump in!