The 2018 Subaru WRX STI was long awaited as enthusiasts hoped it would provide the market with a higher performing variant of the FA20. It looks as though we’ll need to wait a bit longer, but what Subaru of America did provide us with is a very subtle facelift for the VA 4wd boost-buggie. We got our hands on some high-res images that are sure to stir up a bit of a buzz.
A revised front fascia and brake cooling intakes are obvious changes. The WRX Limited and all WRX STI models also feature LED headlights that move in sync with the steering a feature that’s nice to have actually as it illuminates pathways at night. Options for the WRX specifically benefit from include an available Performance Package for the Premium Edition. This adds in a Recaro 8-way power seats, red-painted brake calipers and upgraded brake pads, and removes the moonroof in the interest of saving weight…although that’s probably negated by the Recaro 8-way power seats.
Inside, we’ll be getting some cup holders (luxurious commodity I know), but it’s available in the REAR seat by way of a fold down arm rest. There’s also thicker door glass, improved door seals and a foam-filled windshield header beam, all in the name of sound insulation to keep it more civilized on the road. The 4.3″ Screen also is updated with a 5.9″ unit for a more polished and modern approach to the gauge setup. Oh yes. Move over Mercedes. Ok not really…
Not that the chassis needed it, but the designers reworked the front structure of the cars for enhanced frontal collision energy dispersement, yielding a rigid and safer chassis. EyeSight suite of electronic driver aids is also available and is also enhanced. A makeshift HUD also becomes available with a few thing being able to be cast onto the windshield.
Since the STI doesn’t come with motor updates, some features such as the steering and suspension are said to have been improved to improve ride and stability. The WRX comes with 6-speed manual option or a CVT Auto, STI in 6-speed manual only. The STI get a similarly revised suspension tuning approach as featured on the WRX, plus a revised Driver Controlled Center Differential system (DCCD), some much beefier upgraded brakes – 6 piston Brembo calipers with 2 piston rears, with upgraded rotors (cross drilled) and aggressive pads. New for 2018 are the available 19″ wheel…because buying tires for 18’s wasn’t expensive enough. The revised center diff is said to have been updated to be used with electronic control which yields a much quicker and smoother response as opposed to the mechanical unit fitted to the 2017s and older. Figures. I just bought mine lol.
These’ll be hitting showrooms in spring 2017, with pricing to be announced. If you get the STI, get an extended warranty so you don’t have worry about paying out of pocket when the Ringlands decide to go 🙂
More pics 🙂