That New Car Smell
2015 Subaru WRX STI
The Sticker $34,495 (Premium)/$37,395 (Launch Edition)/$38,495 (Limited)
Engine 2.5 liter turbocharged Boxer
The Power 305hp at 6,000rpm; 290 lb-ft at 4,000rpm
Scale Tipping 3,386lbs (Premium and Launch Edition)/3,444lbs (Limited)
Layout Front-engine, all-wheel-drive
Drivetrain standard 6-speed manual; Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with Driver Control Center Differential (DCCD); mechanical and electronically controlled limited-slip center differential; helical limited-slip front differential and TORSEN limited-slip rear differential; short shifter (Launch Edition only)
Footwork & Chassis inverted struts with forged aluminum-alloy lower A-arms, pillow ball joint mount, coil springs and 24mm stabilizer bar (front); double-wishbone type with coil springs, damper units, stiffener bar and 20mm stabilizer bar (rear)
Brakes 13.0" front ventilated discs with four-piston calipers; 12.4" ventilated discs with dual-piston calipers
Wheels & Tires 18x8.5" cast alloys (BBS forged wheels on Launch Edition and Limited); 245/40R18 tires
At the Pump 17/23/19 (city/highway/combined)
The Competition Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, VW Golf R
Deep Thoughts While half of you are still fighting over its looks, the new STI is a handling monster and has the most power in its class. Get out and drive one!
Random Shiz About the STI
- Bye-bye hatch. The new STI will only be produced as a sedan.
- New cast wheel is 2.5lb lighter and 15% more rigid than previous STI wheel.
- The forged BBS wheels are 2lb lighter than the cast wheels (standard on Launch Edition).
- First time the STI has a decent sound system. Harmon Kardon is standard. Untz, untz!
- 1000 units will be Launch Edition models. These come in WR Blue with blue interior accents, gold BBS wheels, short shifter and keyless access and start system.
- Curb weight is only 2lb more compared to the outgoing model, but handles better and the structure is stronger.
- According to Subaru, the new STI is three times more agile than the previous model.
- Borrowed from the BRZ, a sound creator is installed so you can hear the pulsations from the intake system inside the cabin.
24-hour Nürburgring Racer
In between our sessions at Laguna Seca, I had the pleasure of seeing the new STI racecar built for the 24-hour Nürburgring Race in action. This STI will compete in the SP3T class, which is a production-based class. Due to the class restrictions, the 2.5-liter STI motor is too big, so they opted for the 2.0-liter turbo. It's been tuned to 350hp but definitely capable of more. Power is restricted with a 38mm restrictor before the turbo. The 2.0-liter is reinforced with stronger internals and still uses the stock turbo.
Our favorite part is the custom one-off carbon-fiber body kit; basically everything is carbon minus the roof! The new fenders are 2" wider than stock, which helps allow the STI to run the 18x10" BBS magnesium wheels and Dunlop slicks. The brakes remain Brembos but the team opted for Endless pads. Subaru tells us the car has been finished since November and they are getting ready for two 4-hour races at the Nürburgring before the main event in June. While the car is no doubt a monster on track, they tell us it's very easy to drive and comfortable—an important factor when it comes to endurance racing. Of course we'll never know since they wouldn't give me the keys, but I'll take their word for it.