Published on April 24th, 2015 | by Subhash Nair0
Subaru Announces Refreshed WRX and WRX STI Models in the US
Well the rumours were right, the 2016 Subaru WRX will be getting an STI variant later this year, at least in the US. While all versions of the WRX STI come only with a 6-speed manual option, the non-STI versions have the CVT as an option. The 2016 WRX and WRX STI models feature new safety technology including Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. In addition, new STARLINK™ touch screen infotainment systems offer a significantly enhanced user experience in all models
The standard model comes with a 268 hp 2-litre direct injection turbocharged engine with the Subaru-standard Boxer engine and symmetrical all-wheel drive included. The aforementioned CVT, which it calls the Sport Lineartronic, is tuned towards performance and has a manual gear selector mode as well. The WRX STI is powered by the legendary 305 horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged/intercooled boxer engine. For the 2016 WRX STI Limited trim, a low-profile trunk spoiler is now available as a no-cost option in place of the standard large signature wing.
Subaru introduced the new-generation WRX and WRX STI for 2015 featuring a new wide-body sedan design with a significantly stiffer chassis resulting in an expanded performance envelope.
The WRX STI features a rally-bred drivetrain and Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Centre Differential (DCCD) Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive that is exclusive to this model. Standard handling technologies include Active Torque Vectoring, Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control and a Brembo Performance Brake System with Super Sport ABS. A flat-bottom, leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel integrates switches for audio and Bluetooth. The STI Design electroluminescent gauge panel integrates a 3.5-in. central LCD screen that displays various functions such as windshield washer fluid and the selected gear.
The Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) powertrain management system allows the driver to tailor the car’s driving characteristics by choosing from 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. Alcantara® seating surfaces, accented by red and black leather bolsters and red stitching, set the tone for the STI’s driver-focused interior. Rich-looking appointments and details abound, including soft-touch materials for the dashboard, door trim and center console armrest. A multi-information central display with a 4.3-in. LCD screen provides displays for numerous vehicle system functions, including the standard rear camera, boost gauge, Bluetooth, climate control settings and a VDC screen showing traction control operation. The display can also provide a vehicle self-check and maintenance reminder.
The WRX starts at an MSRP of US$26,595 and the most expensive STI edition comes in at just over US$40,000.