- Redesigned for 2015
- Sedan only (hatchback version discontinued)
- Large trunk mounted spoiler gives it a unique look
Completely redesigned for the new model year, the 2015 Subaru WRX STI gets brand new styling and a few under the skin updates that make it the sharpest iteration of the “rally car for the road” that we’ve seen to date.
Subaru redesigned the compact Impreza in 2014, and both the WRX and WRX STI waited a year to get their updates, which include numerous changes to the outside sheet metal and suspension/steering upgrades for an even more precision both on and off-road. The more manic WRX STI only shares a passing likeness to the Impreza on which it’s based, getting mostly unique body panels that are more sculpted and more aggressive. Up front, a functional hood scoop feeds air to the thirsty intercooler and mesh fender vents surround the fog lights. Larger 18-inch alloy wheels are standard, as if of course, a massive rear spoiler, which is the model’s signature, and quad tailpipes.
Under the hood, the WRX STI has the same engine found in the bay that it had last year, a 305-hp, turbocharged 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder that makes 290 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to six-speed manual transmission. Thusly, fuel economy figures are the same, 17/23 mpg city/highway. What has changed for 2015 however is the suspension and chassis, which improves the WRX STI’s handling. The suspension as a whole has been stiffened with thicker stabilizer bars and chassis upgrades improve torsional rigidity by 40-percent. There is also a new active torque vectoring system, which will apply brake pressure to the inside front wheel when turning to make the car more neutral through the turn, and therefore more stable.
Also upgraded and updated for 2015 is the STI’s cabin, which has Alcantara leather upholstery and a host of new technology. A racing-inspired, flat-bottom steering wheel is a welcome addition. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, HD radio, Bluetooth calling and audio streaming, iPod/USB port, a satellite radio, and a 4.3-inch LCD display. STI Premium models add even more leather, power driver’s seat, harmon/kardon premium audio, and a power moonroof. The new WRX STI’s slightly longer wheelbase nets an extra two inches of rear legroom, something backseat passengers will really appreciate.
Standard safety features include four-wheel all-disc antilock brakes, seven airbags, traction control, and a rearview camera.