Major changes to Subaru’s performance twins, the All-Wheel Drive turbocharged WRX and WRX STI, are set to add more white-hot thrills for drivers of the brand’s long-established pocket rockets.
Mechanical and cosmetic changes will drive the owner experience to a new adrenaline-charged level as the “Rex” pair add to their rally-backed reputation.
Driving performance, the features list and quality are all big winners in Subaru’s heavily revised Model Year 2018 line-up, which despite all the extra kit, still has a starting price of $39,240 Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP)* for WRX manual.
WRX and WRX STI share multiple external and cabin changes to produce even more sporty presence, including a revised nose with more aggressive grille design.
Even greater attention to interior quality adds to the air of exclusivity, while introduction of EyeSight® Driver Assist in WRX automatic transmission variants, extends Subaru’s dominance in bringing the potentially accident-avoiding technology to the masses.
All automatic WRXs also add an electronic parking brake and Automatic Vehicle Hold – meaning the driver doesn’t have to keep their foot on the brake pedal in situations such as traffic lights and road congestion.
Subaru’s performance flagship model introduces a new range-topper – the WRX STI spec.R, featuring Recaro seats.
Among the new features on all WRX variants:
Jurid performance brake pads – for superior fade resistance
Red painted brake callipers (front-only in auto variants)
New design 18-inch alloy wheels
Heated door mirrors
Fog lights upgraded to LED
Electric lumbar support – WRX Premium and WRX STI Premium
Every WRX and WRX STI also adds:
Steering responsive LED headlights, with LED Daytime Running Lights
5.9-inch Multi-Function Display – upgraded from 4.3-inch – wider with higher definition, making viewing and reading data easier
Greater practicality and convenience, with the introduction of roof carrier brackets
Also new in entry-level WRX are dusk sensing headlights and rain sensing windscreen wipers, which are already featured in WRX Premium.
WRX Premium adds a 8-way power seat with dual memory and electric lumbar support for the driver’s seat – and heated driver and front passenger seat.
WRX Premium with Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) adds the EyeSight® Assist Monitor, which displays warnings and status on the lower windscreen.
WRX STI also adds new sports features including:
Yellow Brembo 6-pot front + 2-pot rear brake callipers
Cross-drilled brake rotors – for even greater braking performance
19-inch alloy wheels – for greater agility, handling and tremendous performance – the first time the larger wheels have featured on WRX STI
New front bumper and grille
Revised suspension – optimized roll rigidity, suspension coils and shock absorbers, for both excellent control, stability, and flat ride comfort
New on entry-level WRX STI are heated door mirrors, while WRX STI Premium and WRX STI spec.R also add the Front View Camera.
WRX STI Premium also gets a 8-waypower and electric lumbar support driver’s seat, while spec.R adds eight-way adjustable Recaro driver’s seat, designed for both excellent support and comfort.
Subaru Australia Managing Director, Colin Christie said: “Current generation WRX and WRX STI have truly taken on a life of their own in sales terms, harking back to the success they achieved in first generation back in the late 1990s.
“WRX fans recognise the amazing value these cars represent – and also engineering integrity – which sees these fantastic fun cars growing their audience more than 23 years after they launched in Australia, to create a cult following that is now well and truly mainstream.
“These comprehensive changes right across the range underline that fun, value, performance and safety can go hand-in-hand.”
As with the entire Subaru new car range, every WRX and WRX STI has an independent five-star rating for occupant safety.