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Old 04-11-2014, 05:47 PM   #1
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Default The Official FR SPORT 2015 WRX / STI Builds






FR SPORT is proud to announce our acquisition of not one but two 2015 Imprezas, a WRX and a STI Version. In doing so we also would like to introduce ourselves to the NASIOC community for the first time ever.
We picked up these cars to become even more knowledgeable on the Subaru platforms and aid you guys in anything we can from here and on. Welcome to our Official Builds!

FRSPORT.COM is one of the biggest e-commerce retailers in the performance part industry and are excited to share all knowledge learned while taking these cars to their reasonable limits. We have helped the Nissan and ZN6 communities attain both light and heavy tuning goals in the past few years and are excited to do the same for the NASIOC subscriber! The following posts will include performance updates to the cars, weight archiving posts that will ultimately help us shed weight where needed (we are big SCCA participants), and any other tuning ritual performed on the WRX and the STI version of the car.

It is important to note that this thread will be written and commanded by the FR SPORT marketing and creative team. Because we adhere properly to all NASIOC rules no selling or attempt to deal with transactions will be performed here. According to NASIOC rules anyone is welcomed to contact us via PM where we will gladly respond to all inquiries.

But enough about that, we will begin this thread by sharing a couple of the shots we just finished editing this past weekend when we took both cars to the Southern California Ortega Highway for some initial driving feedback and evaluations. Enjoy the first few images of the car and stay tuned for future technical and informative updates.



In the section below please browse through some of the updates and upgrades performed to the FR Sport WRX and STI vehicles, we have added page markers for your browsing convenience:

1. Ortega Highway Initial Drive (PG 1)
2. Superficial Initial Differences Perceived (Coming Soon) (PG 1)




In this section we will be posting the weights of EVERYTHING we put on this car and take out.
No more believing estimated and made up weights, we are all here for facts! We have also added page markers here for your browsing convenience:
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Old 04-11-2014, 05:48 PM   #2
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The Ortega Highway cruise was simply to get the feel for these cars. We have gotten used to driving powerful FR drivetrain vehicles and wanted to check out some of the differences with these AWD setups. At the end of the day we were able to distinguish small differences here and there. Mostly we enjoyed the drive however. Enjoy the pics and stay tuned for more. We have a SCCA meet tomorrow at El Toro and may just put these guys on the line to further gauge their performance.




















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Moving on after having tested some of the driving characteristics of the two cars, we superficially went over what really makes these two cars different on the surface. We tried to go over as much as we could but are willing to bet we may have missed a few things here and there. Let us know in the comments what things you have noticed that were superficially different between the cars (if you have purchased one or have access to one). Again we have the base 2015 STI model and the base WRX model of the same year.





This time around, on these 2015 models, the front fascia at first glance seemed similar, at least when we first got them. After further observations we noticed what made the front of our two cars different. The most noticeable thing of course is the STI logo on the front and the lack of one on the WRX model. Researching the front further allows you to find that the housing of the cars' headlights is different as well. The STI, being the more aggressive of the two, sports a darker more menacing housing, while the WRX model dons a more traditional chrome version. The inclusion of fog-lights on the STI is another difference noted at the front as well.





These front shots of the two cars showed us some very important (and pricey) differences between the two Subies. At the top we had the STI, sporting upgraded 18 Inch STI branded rims with 245/40R18 tires, 4-Pot performance brakes (Brembo supplied we believe), and a the STI Fender badge. The WRX on the other hand had the reasonable base 17 Inch WRX wheels with 235/45R17 tires, base factory dual piston brakes, and its own WRX badge as well. Both of our cars currently were wearing the Dunlop Sportmaxx RT tires in the sizes mentioned. According to our two drivers during the Ortega drive, the difference in grip between the cars was only slightly noticeable.





Rounding out our comparison of the exterior of our two Subaru cars was this rear shot. It wouldn't be an STI without the big wing right? This observation of the two cars was the most noticeable of course and that of the rear STI and WRX badges too. What was kind of surprising however, was that both of the cars had similar looking exhaust designs (at least at the exit). After looking at them from below we know the routing of them is slightly different, but we would have imagined that Subaru would have added more pizzazz to the STI car.





The inside of the cars provided us with some expected differences. Leather seats in the STI vs. Fabric seats in the WRX. The same treatment being mirrored throughout the front and rear door inserts of the two cars. Smaller details yet were the hue differences in the shift knobs, Red in the STI vs Silver in the WRX. In the background also present were the STI and WRX badging in their respective center consoles. The same details also were translated in the steering wheel as well as in the floormats (not pictured due to our 10 image limit). Of note however is that the instrumentation of the car or the electronics were exactly the same. Both offered the cool digital Boost Gauge at the top of the dash and dials and all were the same. Essentially all replaceable should you want to upgrade STI parts if you go with the WRX model.





Because we are only doing a superficial run-through of the cars, we will only talk a little bit of what was under the hood (with more on the engine later). In the picture above is the 2.5 L engine of the STI and below that is the 2.0 L Engine of the WRX model. Most of you guys already know that the STI features the older yet refined engine of the outgoing STI model, while the WRX sports the same (or similar) engine featured in the Subaru BRZ (which we also own), yet turbocharged. Car and Driver and other automobile magazines have already reported pros and cons between the two cars and only time and our builds will tell how well they respond to our mods. After further inspecting the FA Engine in the WRX we have decided to split the builds in two. In the future you guys will see a separate FR SPORT 2015 WRX Thread as we see know the differences merit their own info/thread.

If you guys have any questions about other differences perhaps not noted in this post comment below and we may just have the photos in our database. We were only able to post 10 of them and have 55 in total. Cheers and until next time.

Coming Next.... Weight/Corner Weight specifics about the 2015 STI Car!

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