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.