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Old 02-17-2014, 10:06 AM   #1
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Default 2015 Subaru WRX STI Reviewed


2015 Subaru WRX STI First Drive

Watch the full video! (Goes live at 10am EST Now!)

After reviewing the WRX earlier this year, we couldn't wait for the new STI to get a similar upgrade. Subaru did not disappoint. The new STI has all the benefits of the new WRX, but retains that trademark Subaru sound thanks to sticking to the old EJ257 (for better or worse). Could this be the best STI ever? See our first impressions in this video.

The new STI pricing starts at $34,495 (same as outgoing model) for the base model as seen in the video. A special Launch Edition is $37,395 (adds STI short-shift, World Rally Blue paint and gold wheels, limited to 1,000 units) and the Limited (leather, nav, etc.) runs $39,293.
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:26 AM   #2
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First link doesn't work. I get a 404 error
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:33 AM   #3
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Says it goes live at 10am. Almost time.
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Old 02-17-2014, 11:22 AM   #4
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"more cost effective to increase the FA motor to 2.5L" why the **** didn't they do that then lol
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Old 02-17-2014, 11:24 AM   #5
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"more cost effective to increase the FA motor to 2.5L" why the **** didn't they do that then lol
Subaru is a very conservative company in terms of engineering. I'm guessing it's simply not ready yet.
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Old 02-17-2014, 11:34 AM   #6
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Subaru is a very conservative company in terms of engineering. I'm guessing it's simply not ready yet.
Hopefully in two years or so it will be. I just don't see how they can sell it over the WRX due to the ancient power plant. It will be insteresting to see what a tune will do to the WRX motor.
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:08 PM   #7
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Awesome! Thanks for posting!
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:42 PM   #8
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Very nice review, I'm right in the middle between wrx / sti still. Can't wait to drive them both one will most likely be my next car.
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Old 02-17-2014, 01:30 PM   #9
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Hopefully in two years or so it will be. I just don't see how they can sell it over the WRX due to the ancient power plant. It will be insteresting to see what a tune will do to the WRX motor.
I am also interested to see what a few bolt on mods and a tune will produce with that turbo FA motor
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Old 02-17-2014, 04:07 PM   #10
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blah..blah blahh the same ohh its so much better each year..bring back the 22B and we will believe you since nothing better has come out of a Subaru factory since the 1998 22b
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Old 02-17-2014, 06:55 PM   #11
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It looks ugly.
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Old 02-17-2014, 07:55 PM   #12
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I like it and I like what they have done with it in terms of styling and it's suspension. There are more Subarus on the road each day. And like the rest of their line up, I think this car will be a great hit.
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Old 02-17-2014, 08:20 PM   #13
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I like the 'base' wheels. Looks like they came off a zr1.
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Old 02-17-2014, 08:25 PM   #14
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I like it. For some reason the seats stuck out to me. They look horrible.
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Old 02-17-2014, 09:22 PM   #15
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Thanks for the good review video. Makes me even more anxious for mine that's on order
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:30 PM   #16
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I like the 'base' wheels. Looks like they came off a zr1.
Agreed. They're way cool.
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:46 PM   #17
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I like all the improvements they say it has made in handling, but its ugly.
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Old 02-17-2014, 11:18 PM   #18
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Did Mitsubishi have a parts sale? These cars hoods look interchangeable.

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Old 02-17-2014, 11:31 PM   #19
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Did Mitsubishi have a parts sale? These cars hoods look interchangeable.
again with this ?
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Old 02-17-2014, 11:47 PM   #20
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You can really see just how big they made the wing this time around haha I'm actually liking the rear more than the front now whereas two months ago i liked the front better...I think white doesn't look as good as it used to with this new one....it hides the already not so appealing or as wide fenders. I"ll wait a couple years and see what happens (new motor). For new buyers, they will love this car
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Old 02-17-2014, 11:55 PM   #21
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am i the only one where it plays for 2 seconds and freezes? sheesh
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Old 02-18-2014, 01:27 AM   #22
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am i the only one where it plays for 2 seconds and freezes? sheesh
You're not the only one poo.
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Old 02-18-2014, 11:00 AM   #23
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I am also interested to see what a few bolt on mods and a tune will produce with that turbo FA motor
Just take a look at Crawford's BRZ.
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Old 02-18-2014, 11:40 AM   #24
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nice car overall, I agree that the seats look weird, not very subaru at all, hope they didn't pay recaro for those seats!

having the EJ isn't all bad, make drop in engine part readily accessible! but in a couple years I'm sure it will be fun to play with a FA25
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Old 02-18-2014, 12:58 PM   #25
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Just take a look at Crawford's BRZ.
Yes, but that car has had lots of issues to. I have seen several reviews of that car and it had issues with heat and tunes. I am sure they will work the kinks out but it would not be a reliable track car until they did.

The FA20 (or some variant thereof) is inevitable for the STI. Like the poster said above it is just not ready for primetime yet for the STI. I think it would definitely put me on the fence on buying one of these if I were in the market since I doubt they are more than a year or two away from updating the drivetrain.

Can't wait for some head-to-head WRX vs STI comparisons.
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