The new WRX STI has been confirmed for the UK market – this is the Launch Edition version
The Launch Edition will be restricted to 1000 units for the US market
Even US buyers will have to act fast – the Launch Edition will be available for just three months
Inside, the new WRX STI gets an updated interior
The new Subaru features the traditional WRX STI bonnet scoop
The STI will cost £28,995 when it reaches the UK in the summer
The US version is powered by a 2.5-litre flat four engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox
Like the new base WRX, the STI is available in four-door form only
The STI's all-wheel drive system includes Subaru's Driver Controlled Centre Differential
The STI features more aggressive bodywork than the standard WRX
The 2.5-litre engine of the STI produces maximum power of 305bhp
The new WRX STI will go on sale in the US and other key markets in 2015
The signature exhuberant rear wing is present on the WRX STI
The STI includes a new brake-actuated torque vectoring system
The Subaru WRX STI sits on 18-inch wheels as standard
New soft-touch materials can be found inside the cabin
The car is based on the new WRX, which was seen for the first time at the LA motor show
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.