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New Subaru WRX STI shown; coming to the UK this summer priced at £28,995

The new Subaru WRX STI has been revealed at the Detroit motor show. Subaru has also announced the model will be sold in the UK from the summer, for a price of £28,995.

While the regular WRX features a turbocharged version of the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder boxer engine found in the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86, the STI carries over the existing 305bhp 2.5-litre flat four, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Like the new WRX, the STI is available in four-door form only. 

The STI’s standard all-wheel drive system is enhanced with Subaru’s Driver Controlled Centre Differential (DCCD) and a Torsen rear differential. The DCCD offers three automatic modes and a manual mode with six centre differential lock settings. A new brake-actuated torque vectoring system is only active when the stability control is fully on or in the sportier ‘Traction’ setting, but not when fully disabled. 

Other chassis updates include an 11 per cent quicker ratio for the electrically assisted power steering, stiffer inverted strut suspension, aluminium front lower control arms and 18-inch wheels. 

Outside, the STI features more aggressive bodywork, including front wings, bumpers and doors, while the intercooler scoop is set more deeply into the bonnet for better forward visibility. A signature STI rear wing is prominent on the boot.

Attention has been paid to improve the experience inside the hotter WRX — something lacking in previous STIs. Soft-touch materials can be found on the centre console armrest, door trim and dashboard, while a longer wheelbase increases space. Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard, as are heated seats. Optional features include power leather seats and a sunroof. 

The US market will also get up to 1000 Special Launch Edition models which will go on sale in April for three months. Those cars will be Subaru blue with gold wheels, and will feature a large rear spoiler harking back to classic WRX STI heritage.

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Ofir 27 January 2014

Not such a bargain.

They had to price it below the 135I because no one would buy that for the same money. In fact I would even buy a Manual Golf GTI Performance Pack for about the same money. It would be slower but the difference in quality is likely to be abysmal.
fadyady 14 January 2014

That's a fast car...

for the money. 0-62mph in 5 seconds, all-weather and all-terrain drive and well-equipped to mention a few chief characteristics, Fast, fun and affordable are the chief hallmarks of good cars, however the question remains how clean and refined the new WRX STI would be to entertain us - the spoilt Europeans? Cheeky or what? Hence it's not all written in the stars for this returning Subaru. It will have to earn its stripes against the Europe's best.
Chris from TheC... 9 January 2014

Love it!

Looks gorgeous! I loved the impreza before they started with those round headlights and they're finally back to that aggressive sharp cornered look I think the recent models have lacked. Can't wait to see what it does around a track!