Subaru’s newest WRX STI is ready to be unleashed on rally circuits around the world. Constructed to meet the FIA’s new-for-2015 NR4 technical regulations, it is the newest Subaru WRX STI production rally car that is eligible in WRC 2, ERC 2 and other regional championships.
We quickly became fans of the new WRX once we got a chance to review the car late last year. Our only regret from the time we spent with the ‘Rex was that we didn’t get a chance to capture the driving experience on the video. This week, we’re finally able to remedy that issue with this Limited trim example, which is coated in Crystal White Pearl paint.
After a stint behind the wheel of the new WRX late last year, we were properly enamored with the new Subie – expect for the notable lack of a 5-door variant. At the time, Subaru told us that development costs forced them to choose between one body style or the other, and the sedan prevailed. To us, the availability of the wagon configuration of the WRX was one of the car’s strongest assets, and its absence hasn’t gone unnoticed by enthusiasts either, many of which cried foul upon discovering that the fast hauler wasn’t in the cards for 2015. But we had a strong suspicion that a wagon layout of the new WRX would eventually find its way into showrooms sooner or later, and as Automobile’s spy photographers appear to have uncovered, it looks like our hunch was on the money.
As a joint project between Subaru engineers and the rally-bred mad scientists at Prodrive, the UK300 was created to celebrate the rally success the Impreza had found in the UK over the previous years, and featured styling work carried out by Peter Stevens who designed the famous McLaren F1 and Subaru WRC rally car. The “300” denotes the total number of units produced.
When we drove the new 2015 Subaru WRX, we were enamored with its pugnacious 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer engine, uprated interior, great steering and exemplary handling. We were, however, less than enthused to hear that the 5-door hatchback version of the WRX had been given the ax. Turns out we weren’t alone.
Subaru is quite confident in the new WRX STI’s on-track abilities. So much so, in fact, that they invited us to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to put the new winged wonder through its paces around the course.
Subaru recently launched the fourth generation of its WRX and has now, with little delay, followed that up with the top-level STI version of the car. We were invited to the Monterey peninsula to drive the car on a variety of winding roads and at the Laguna Seca race track.
When we drove the standard WRX in November of last year, we found it to be a great road car with incredible handling capabilities, but it perhaps lacked a little something in the sex appeal department. With the new STI model, Subaru looks to increase the WRX’s performance capabilities even more, and make the WRX more of a head turner while they’re at it.
A race-spec version of the soon-to-be revealed 2015 Subaru WRX STI will be running in the 24 hour endurance race at the Nürburgring this June, Subaru announced today.
It’s with a slight amount of trepidation that we approached the new WRX. After being wowed by the concept earlier this year at the New York Auto Show, we were a bit deflated by the final result which, while still unmistakably a rally-bred Subaru, lost quite a bit of its overt aggression in the transition to production form. What’s more, Subaru has chosen to the nix the 5-door wagon variant from the playbook and add an optional CVT transmission to the mix. Add to that the unknown commodities of the engine, chassis, suspension and brakes – all of which are new for the 2015 model – and our concerns are likely understandable. Fortunately, nearly all of that anxiety went right out the window once we got a chance to put the new ‘Rex through its paces on the twisty backroads of Napa Valley.
Next week, Subaru will debut its all-new WRX at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 20. In advance of this, the company has dropped this single teaser image on us to get our attention. It worked.
Subaru’s heavy hitters, the WRX and WRX STI, have been priced for the 2014 model year. The price for the WRX has increased $200 over the current model, with a base price of $25,995 (plus $795 in destination charges). The STI starts at $34,495, also a $200 increase over the 2013 model.
These seem to be leaked photos of the next Subaru WRX concept, which could be debuting at the New York International Auto Show this week. It appears somebody broke an embargo, and now these photos (which look to be sourced from Subaru) are circulating on the internet prematurely.
The spy shooters over at Automobile caught what appears to be a prototype of the highly anticipated STI version of Subaru’s celebrated BRZ sportscar doing some testing at The Green Hell—a.k.a. the Nurburgring racetrack in Germany.
Subaru is showing Special Edition versions of its 2013 WRX and WRX STI at SEMA in Las Vegas this week. Their debut coinciding with Halloween, the cars feature a Tangerine Orange Pearl paint (which you might be familiar with from Subaru’s new XV Crosstrek) and black custom wheels, front fender badging, mirror housings, and exterior graphics.
The cornering grip and transitioning from side to side are pretty good, but the steering feel just isn’t really there. 2.0-liter engine feels overwhelmed, although the manual gearbox is actually pretty nice to use. That rings true for the rest of the cabin, with its supportive seats and driving position.
A new report out on AutoExpress paints a clearer picture of what the BRZ STI may look like.
A report on Motor Trend’s website detailed the plans for several upcoming Subaru models—including the new WRX, due out sometime in 2014—as well as some interesting new potential technology coming from the Japanese manufacturer.
Subaru released this exhilarating video of rally driver Mark Higgins setting a course record at the Isle of Man TT Mountain Course in a 2011 Subaru WRX STI. This video cannot wait until Friday. Watch it now.
The Subaru WRX is well known for its combination of a powerful four-cylinder turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive. A favorite among tuners, it has the basics to make it a fun street car, autocross athlete, or rally monster. It’s seen a few changes over the years, though, and here, we point out some of the notable points along the model’s timeline, from its birth in Japan, up to the current WRX available in the US.
This Subaru left me in a bit of an odd place. I have very little experience with the WRX (or its big brother, the STI), but a ton of experience in Mitsubishi’s Lancer Ralliart and Evo. After a few days behind the wheel, I was truly impressed with the value that the WRX represented, especially compared to the more expensive Ralliart.