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Old 04-05-2014, 02:12 PM   #1
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The new WRX is one of the cars I have personally been waiting forever since the press release. I have been wanting something I can drive year round that had the same sharpness as my BRZ, and something a bit more practical. Subaru had got me excited for the new chassis and the new engine, and for good reason, they truly are phenomenal, but let’s touch on this later. All of this anticipation finally came to a head when I received a phone call, “Rick, have someone bring you down to the dealership”, I knew exactly why I had been called and what I was about to drive home, well sort of…

Arriving at the dealership I was presented with 2 beautiful white, giant scooped, Japanese built rockets. One a WRX and one the STi version. I was actually wanting to drive the new WRX. With so many changes, a great price point and the new FA engine, I was hoping I could drive it back to the shop. Well I must have been good this year as I was handed the keys to the FA20 powered beast. I immediately got in, instantly started adjusting the intuitive center dash screen setting it up for Temp, Boost pressure and throttle position. After pushing every single button in the car at least 2 or 3 times, I adjusted the mirrors, adjusted the seat, got a feel for the clutch grab point and I was off with a smile from ear to ear.

As of writing this, I have put 89 miles on the car, but that was in one night, with many more miles and smiles to come. First order of business is breaking the new engine properly, which is not always the most fun way to enjoy your new car, but this will ensure we can enjoy this car without worry for years to come. Without being able to really flog the car my initial impressions should be taken with a grain of salt, but so far all I can say is the new FA20 is a torque monster, I almost felt as if I had to be careful with my throttle inputs as boost would come on hard, and RPM’s would rise quickly in any of the lower gears. The chassis must be made from granite as it felt rock solid, I was actually able to lift a wheel pulling into my steep driveway at home, all while hearing the brakes stabbing at the traction less wheel desperately trying to send power to the other side. The steering wheel…. Oh the steering wheel! I wish I could express more excitement over the internet, but what a massive improvement over the previous generations, it just feels right in your hands. Subaru also answered my one wish I repeat every single year… “please make the steering rack quicker”, and they did just that. The Steering response finally matches the agility of the car, and I cannot thank Subaru enough, even if it is a bit vague, it’s still a massive improvement overall. Oh, and last but not least, the grip. I kept thinking, there is no way this car should have this much grip. You just simply throw it into a corner, body roll is almost non-existent, and the tires just seem to find grip, and more grip and even more grip, and it just never gives up. Not wanting to wad up a brand new shop car, I did not push it too hard, but I can only imagine the limit of this suspension, chassis and tires is extremely high, almost scary high for a bone stock car.

We will report back once we get some more miles on the car, and some more driving under our belts. We are so excited for these two new cars and I personally can’t wait to see where we take them.



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Old 04-05-2014, 02:12 PM   #2
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Old 04-05-2014, 02:13 PM   #4
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Old 04-05-2014, 02:14 PM   #6
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Old 04-07-2014, 02:27 PM   #7
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Just an update.

260 miles on the car now. The more I drive it, the more I like it. Getting used to the torquey 2.0 takes a bit of getting used to compared to my 05 STi, but man does this thing just love to build boost down low. Also, I think I'm a bit too short for these seats at 5'5

Also, at first I was not a fan of the cable actuated shifter, it made a subtle sound going into gears that I could not quite put my finger on, but over the weekend I figured it out. It's the exact same sound the shifters make in Initial D! Once I noticed that, I felt like Takumi Fujiwara, and I began to love the shifter feel and sound. Okay enough of my lame Initial-D fanboy writing. I will report back once I have some more miles.

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Old 04-07-2014, 07:04 PM   #8
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Hey Rick, all these 2015 threads got me thinking on a 2015 the last 2 days. Went to look at one at the dealership and got my order in for an ISM 15' Wrx.

I looked at the car in the lot for about an hour before I ever went in. My only real complaint on the exterior of the car are the side mirrors. They are huge and boxy.

I was wondering if the WRX has the "Noise tube" that Kirill is complaing about.
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Old 04-08-2014, 10:08 AM   #9
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Hey Rick, all these 2015 threads got me thinking on a 2015 the last 2 days. Went to look at one at the dealership and got my order in for an ISM 15' Wrx.

I looked at the car in the lot for about an hour before I ever went in. My only real complaint on the exterior of the car are the side mirrors. They are huge and boxy.

I was wondering if the WRX has the "Noise tube" that Kirill is complaing about.
As weird as those mirrors are, they actually work very well and being placed a little back gets rid of a huge blind spot where the A pillar and mirrors meet up. This will be a big+ for guys that do autoX and track days to be able to better spot apexes of a corner.

In terms of the Noise tube, the WRX does not have it. Its only a STi thing in the USDM market from what I can tell.

Congrats on the order, I think you will be VERY happy

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Old 04-08-2014, 10:16 AM   #10
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I few of the subaru techs have checked out the exhaust between 08-12 wrx sedan and my 2014 forester. It looks like they kept the same style. Check it out hope that info helps also its like the brz in the rear subframe.



im running all of gtspec arms in the back. the strut tower fits but does not have the wrx/sti extra mounting point.

Lateral arms/ camber arms/ toe arms and swaybar reinforcements.
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Old 04-08-2014, 02:28 PM   #11
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So, do you think this '15 WRX is overall better-than or equal-to previous generation STi (excluding obvious peak horsepower advantage)?
After reading through both of your WRX vs. STi posts, I am personally debating the $8K STi premium.
I would like to know your thoughts and recommendations for us who are wondering how much better the STi really is. Thanks in advance
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So, do you think this '15 WRX is overall better-than or equal-to previous generation STi (excluding obvious peak horsepower advantage)?
After reading through both of your WRX vs. STi posts, I am personally debating the $8K STi premium.
I would like to know your thoughts and recommendations for us who are wondering how much better the STi really is. Thanks in advance
This is hard to say. I personally have only driven the STi and Rick has been driving the WRX. We will be switching cars shortly to get a good feel between the WRX and STi.

The STi brakes, wheels, transmission (dont forget the STi has DCCD along with front and rear LSD's that the WRX does not), nicer interior materials, push start, HID's, along with more performance oriented struts and springs make a very big difference from the start. Yes you can for sure upgrade all these things on the WRX, but as always it depends on what you want out of the car at the end of the day.
The WRX also has a brand new motor and transmission that has not been proven yet, so only time will tell if the WRX 6spd is as bulletproof as the STi model. And in case some people do not know, the new WRX transmission is NOT the same as the STi. The WRX is an all new transmission, where as the STi uses the same unit as the 14 STi.

Rick is also getting around 28-29MPG in the WRX, where as I am only getting around 22-23MPG in the STi.

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Old 04-09-2014, 07:08 AM   #13
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honestly my biggest concern is going to be this new cable linkage. i'm only familiar with cable linkages in FWD vehicles like hondas, and they aren't all that great either.

i have had bad experiences with the cable linkage in my friends Del Sol...he's broken his cable twice due to high hp/torque; 300 whp/250 fly.

and as its already been stated...only time will tell the dependability of this NEW 6spd unit. i've read great and positive review from autoguide, car and driver, and all the big vehicle reviewers.
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Coming from a BRZ and an STi, I did not like the cable linkage at first as it just felt a bit odd to me. After driving the car for a week now, I am really liking it. It has a different feel than a arm actuated shifter, but almost in a good way. It has a nice little "pop" when going into gear, I will actually turn down the music just to feel and hear the shifter now. I'm sure it all comes down to personal preference, but I think Subaru did an amazing job with the new cable shifter.

Hope this helps
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i gotta get my hands on one of those new WRXs now...nd see for myself. thanks rick.
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We got our first 15s at the dealer here 2 days ago, after driving a few of them I fell in love.

Contemplating trading in my BRZ for a new wrx. The torque and response of the new engine feels great, and it feels very solid in the turns
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This is hard to say. I personally have only driven the STi and Rick has been driving the WRX. We will be switching cars shortly to get a good feel between the WRX and STi.

The STi brakes, wheels, transmission (dont forget the STi has DCCD along with front and rear LSD's that the WRX does not), nicer interior materials, push start, HID's, along with more performance oriented struts and springs make a very big difference from the start. Yes you can for sure upgrade all these things on the WRX, but as always it depends on what you want out of the car at the end of the day.
The WRX also has a brand new motor and transmission that has not been proven yet, so only time will tell if the WRX 6spd is as bulletproof as the STi model. And in case some people do not know, the new WRX transmission is NOT the same as the STi. The WRX is an all new transmission, where as the STi uses the same unit as the 14 STi.

Rick is also getting around 28-29MPG in the WRX, where as I am only getting around 22-23MPG in the STi.

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Thanks for your reviews and input. Helped me decide. I was leaning towards the WRX but I want to race some
I got the STi today
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Thanks for your reviews and input. Helped me decide. I was leaning towards the WRX but I want to race some
I got the STi today
Congrats on the new car!
Both the WRX and STi and amazing cars, it will always come down to what people need out of the car at the end of the day

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We got our first 15s at the dealer here 2 days ago, after driving a few of them I fell in love.

Contemplating trading in my BRZ for a new wrx. The torque and response of the new engine feels great, and it feels very solid in the turns
That's funny, I also have also considered trading in my BRZ for one as well. I have a strong attachment to my BRZ so I am not sure what to do, I think I just have too many cars right now

I do like this car the more I drive it, if I could talk myself into putting in a aftermarket seat into the car, I would be in love with it.

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That's funny, I also have also considered trading in my BRZ for one as well. I have a strong attachment to my BRZ so I am not sure what to do, I think I just have too many cars right now

I do like this car the more I drive it, if I could talk myself into putting in a aftermarket seat into the car, I would be in love with it.

Thanks,
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I have decided to make the move and ordered a WRX at my work last week, going to trade in the BRZ when it arrives. Took a lot of thinking, because I do love the brz, but I think the wrx is going to be just as fun, and more practical when it comes to traveling and getting things/people around. Just wish i could steal the seats out of the brz before trading
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The STi brakes, wheels, transmission (dont forget the STi has DCCD along with front and rear LSD's that the WRX does not), nicer interior materials, push start, HID's, along with more performance oriented struts and springs make a very big difference from the start. Yes you can for sure upgrade all these things on the WRX, but as always it depends on what you want out of the car at the end of the day.

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404. HIDs not found... I wanted them and would have gotten them if they were available. But sadly they are not...
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I have decided to make the move and ordered a WRX at my work last week, going to trade in the BRZ when it arrives. Took a lot of thinking, because I do love the brz, but I think the wrx is going to be just as fun, and more practical when it comes to traveling and getting things/people around. Just wish i could steal the seats out of the brz before trading

Oh man, don't tell me that! Last week I was so certain I was going to keep the ole' beater STi and BRZ, and the more I drive the WRX the more I am thinking about getting rid of the STi and BRZ for one. And you are right on the money with it being more practical, I mean the WRX is not near as focused as those two cars are, but you get almost all of the fun wrapped up in a much more practical package. Okay, I have some serious thinking to do.

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404. HIDs not found... I wanted them and would have gotten them if they were available. But sadly they are not...
I wish the lower model WRX's came with HID's, but I just want to drive the STi at night to see how the LED's perform. I am loving the blacked out housings and the look of the LED's.

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Why are some vendors going so slow on testing parts, you would think you guys would be testing products all day long to get things rolling for the 2015's
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Can't wait to see what you guys are going to do with these. Having a BRZ now I know how fast it seems that tons of options came to market for coilovers, wheels, etc. I am new to the Impreza/WRX world, does it look like currently available products for this platform will work or will require wait times to make new one's? Personally I hate the tail lights. Are companies working on things like that already? Just wondering if you and other vendors are hearing support like this is already in the works for this body style?
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Hey Rick,

I am loving the write up on both of your guys' cars so far. I apologize for the slew of questions but I haven't seen an update from you guys some days now so I'm just wondering how things are going.

How has the WRX been performing as of late? Are you still as happy about the car as you were early-mid April?

Have any things cropped up recently which you consider to be annoyances or things that you do not particularly like about the car?

Have you been able to go over the break-in period yet? If so, how does the car feel/perform above 4k?

Thank you guys! Please keep up all the excellent work!
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