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Old 01-05-2017, 09:46 AM   #1
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January 5, 2017
SUBARU DEBUTS 2018 WRX® AND WRX STI® WITH PERFORMANCE, COMFORT AND SAFETY UPGRADES

Revised front styling for a more aggressive look
Suspension optimized for better handling and ride comfort
New 19-inch wheels, upgraded Brembo® brakes and revised DCCD All-Wheel Drive give WRX STI wider performance envelope
New available Recaro® power seats
Performance Package option for WRX models
New EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology safety features
Upgraded interior materials and quieter cabin
Cherry Hill, N.J. - Subaru of America, Inc., which this month posted its eighth consecutive year of record-breaking sales, today introduced the 2018 WRX and WRX STI, each debuting performance, comfort, design and safety enhancements for a more rewarding driving experience. The new models reach Subaru retailers in spring.

A restyled front fascia WRX and WRX STI shows a sportier attitude, highlighted by a more pronounced grille design, along with a larger lower grille opening. The WRX Limited and all STI feature redesigned LED Steering Responsive Headlights that help illuminate curves in nighttime driving. For greater versatility, all WRX and STI models now feature new roof rack mounting brackets.

WRX for 2018
With its 268-hp, 2.0-liter direct injection turbocharged BOXER engine, Symmetrical All Wheel Drive and Active Torque Vectoring, the rally-bred WRX is a performance and value benchmark in the high-performance AWD sport-compact segment. The WRX comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission and offers an optional performance automatic transmission, the Sport Lineartronic® CVT with manual mode.

The WRX features new front and rear suspension tuning for improved steering stability and ride comfort, while retaining the car’s high cornering performance capability. Subaru significantly enhanced shifter feel for the 6-speed manual transmission, with a new synchro design and reduced friction, along with smoother clutch take-up. The WRX electric power steering (EPS) was revised to provide an even smoother, more natural feel, while integrating the steering motor and electronic control unit reduces weight.

A new optional Performance Package for the WRX Premium features Recaro 8-way power seats, red-painted brake calipers and upgraded JURID brake pads, and deletes the moonroof to reduce weight. The standard 18-inch wheels feature a bold new double-spoke design.

WRX STI for 2018
A comprehensive handling enhancement for the 2018 STI includes the revised suspension tuning as featured on the WRX, plus a revised DCCD AWD system, significantly upgraded brakes and this model’s first-ever 19-inch wheels. The DCCD system, which previously used a combination of mechanical and electronic center limited slip differential control, now uses electronic control for quicker and smoother response. The 19-inch alloy wheels feature a striking Y-shaped spoke design and carry 245/35R19 tires that help raise cornering performance while giving the STI an even more aggressive stance.

The yellow-painted brake calipers identify a significantly upgraded Brembo Performance Brake System that now uses stronger monoblock 6-piston calipers in front, monoblock 2-piston calipers in the rear and larger, drilled rotors all around for better heat dissipation. New brake pads provide significantly greater surface area for improved braking feel and fade resistance. The STI also offers the Recaro seats (standard on STI Limited, optional for base trim).

Powered by a 305-hp 2.5-liter turbocharged BOXER engine, the WRX STI brings rally-bred performance technology to the road with Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Standard handling technologies include Active Torque Vectoring and Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control.

Improved Usability with a Sporting Edge
The everyday usability that has contributed to WRX and STI popularity gets even better for 2018. All models feature upgraded interior materials, rear seat armrest with cup holders, redesigned interior door grips and faster remote trunk opening.

New measures that reduce unwanted noise include thicker door glass, revised door sealing and a foam-filled windshield header beam. A new, larger high-definition multi-function display (5.9-inch vs. 4.3-inch before) makes it easier to see vehicle functions at a glance. WRX Limited models feature power driver’s seat lumbar adjustment. The standard WRX adds heated exterior mirrors (already standard on others), while the WRX Premium upgrades to a SUBARU STARLINK™ 7.0” multimedia unit from the previous STARLINK 6.2” unit.

Safety
Subaru revised the front structure of the WRX and WRX STI for enhanced frontal collision performance. The WRX Limited, when equipped with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology now features Vehicle Hold (AVH), and a new EyeSight Assist Monitor (EAM). The EAM uses LED indicators to display EyeSight status and alerts on the windshield, allowing the driver to see them without diverting eyes from the road ahead. The AVH feature replaces the Hill Holder and Hill Start Assist functions and offers greater functionality, holding the vehicle on all road grades, not only inclines. For example, AVH can help reduce driver fatigue by holding the car at traffic lights, and then can seamlessly transition to acceleration.

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 620 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information, visit media.subaru.com.
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Old 01-05-2017, 09:49 AM   #2
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Oh, nice upgrade on the seats and brakes
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Old 01-05-2017, 09:50 AM   #3
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Damn. no carplay/android auto mention.
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Old 01-05-2017, 09:52 AM   #4
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That has to be the most comprehensive mid-cycle changes they have ever done. I imagine this means there won't be a re-design until likely 2020.
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Old 01-05-2017, 10:08 AM   #5
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Old 01-05-2017, 10:10 AM   #6
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So when will it be for sale ? late summer 2017 ?
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Old 01-05-2017, 10:13 AM   #7
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15 straight years, a full decade and a half of EJ in the STi, largely unchanged. In the motorcycle world we call this kind of MMC, BNG!
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Old 01-05-2017, 10:27 AM   #8
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My front bumper is going to need a respray, wonder if the new one will fit up the same as the 15-17's, if so i'd upgrade
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The DCCD system, which previously used a combination of mechanical and electronic center limited slip differential control, now uses electronic control for quicker and smoother response.
I wonder what this means, did they kill off the physical diffs in the STI?


Seems like a decent refresh, but it comes at an odd time. They usually don't announce anything for the WRX/STI until later on, maybe they were getting pressure from the market with the increased competition?

At least they finally listened after 15 years...we FINALLY get Recaros here. Maybe in another 10-15 years we'll finally see something other than the POS EJ257 in the STI.
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Old 01-05-2017, 10:34 AM   #10
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My front bumper is going to need a respray, wonder if the new one will fit up the same as the 15-17's, if so i'd upgrade
Possible. Slightly different angles under the headlights between the new and the 2017. Could be shadows playing tricks on me though. Did mention they updated the headlights.
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I like the new front end. Also like that they ditched the two information displays for a single color display. Yellow calipers are interesting. I will reserve judgement until I see them in person but it's a little much.
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Old 01-05-2017, 10:38 AM   #12
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New headlights on the STi (and limited WRX I'd imagine), that's interesting.

Front fascia looks even more Corolla-like now though. But I dig the interior, wheel and brake upgrades.
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Old 01-05-2017, 10:45 AM   #13
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Possible. Slightly different angles under the headlights between the new and the 2017. Could be shadows playing tricks on me though. Did mention they updated the headlights.
"WRX Limited and all WRX STI models also feature LED headlights that move in sync with the steering to help light up curves in the road"
Looks like it.
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Seems like a decent refresh, but it comes at an odd time. They usually don't announce anything for the WRX/STI until later on, maybe they were getting pressure from the market with the increased competition?
Exactly my thoughts - why did they choose to announce this beginning of 2017?
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Lol if this is true. 19" wheels and the same seats with Recaro badges? I'm totally cool with that haha. Only thing I'd be jealous of are the upgraded brakes.
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Really hoping that front bumper will line up on the 2015 model. I like the larger openings, grill, and lines in general. seems to accentuate the front fender flares much more.
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I'm interested to see exactly what they did with the suspension/steering.

Are red-painted stock calipers still frowned upon if they're factory?
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Old 01-05-2017, 10:58 AM   #18
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Lol if this is true. 19" wheels and the same seats with Recaro badges? I'm totally cool with that haha. Only thing I'd be jealous of are the upgraded brakes.
Don't think this is an 'if' at this point. Official release:

http://media.subaru.com/newsrelease.do?id=1067&mid=1
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I'm actually pretty impressed with the STi changes for the mid-cycle refresh.

Still going to wait for a new engine to drop into it before I considering trading in my WRX though.
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Really hoping that front bumper will line up on the 2015 model. I like the larger openings, grill, and lines in general. seems to accentuate the front fender flares much more.
new bumper does look pretty nice:

http://media.subaru.com/image-galler...&imageIds=4192
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Old 01-05-2017, 11:08 AM   #21
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It looks sick!

Anyone looking to trade in? I will be!

I will get you good pricing too!
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Upgraded interior materials and quieter cabin

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Old 01-05-2017, 11:10 AM   #23
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It looks even more like an Evo now.
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Old 01-05-2017, 11:10 AM   #24
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Did anyone notice that the WRX in the pictures has the non-blacked out light housing that they implemented on the '17s?

Do you think they just messed up on the photos?
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Old 01-05-2017, 11:11 AM   #25
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People FINALLY get their damn Recaro seats, so now they can shut the hell up.

Oh damn! Roof rack mounting brackets FINALLY! Haven't seen those since... 2014.

Happy to see 6-pot Brembos on the STI.

All these improvements are actually very nice for a refresh. Way more than expected. Good job, Subaru.

Now hatch us.

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