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    Detroit Auto Show: Subaru WRX STI Arrives In Blue and Gold


    • Subaru Presents The WRX STI In The Customary Blue and Gold


    The Detroit Auto Show was the place where Subaru showed what happens when you turn the brand new WRX up to eleven. Meet the 2015 WRX STI which brings a number of improvements over its predecessor.

    It begins with the exterior as the STI gets features a unique aluminum hood with scoop, fenders, doors, quarter panels, bumpers, headlights and taillights. Inside the STI becomes more premium with a harman/kardon audio system, dual zone climate control, and Alcantara seating surfaces with red and black leather bolsters and red stitching.

    A 2.5L turbocharged boxer-four 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque gets the WRX STI moving in a hurry. This is paired with a six-speed manual transmission only. Subaru's Intelligent Drive - SI-Drive for show - makes a return. There are three different modes - Intelligent, Sport, and Sport Sharp - which changes the engine control module and throttle response.

    For the all-wheel drive system, the WRX STI comes with the Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential that splits power 41:59 front to rear via a mechanical limited-slip type center differential. The diff can set in three automatic modes or one of six manual modes. The all-wheel drive system will also feature a helical-type limited-slip up front and a Torsen in the back.

    The WRX STI will now come with an Active Torque Vectoring system which utilizes the stability and traction control systems to improve cornering ability.

    The 2015 Subaru WRX STI will arrive in the spring. To mark this, Subaru will be building 1,000 special “Launch Edition” models which pack gold-painted BBS alloy wheels, blue and black leather/Alcantara upholstery, a proximity key, short-throw shifter, and of course the World Rally Blue Pearl paint color.

    Source: Subaru

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

    Press Release is on Page 2


    ALL-NEW 2015 SUBARU WRX® STI® DEBUTS AT NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW IN DETROIT

    - New platform offers a stiffer, more agile chassis for Subaru's global performance flagship model

    - Bold new sedan model with aero body design

    - High-performance chassis with new Active Torque Vectoring

    - 305 hp turbo BOXER engine; most powerful engine in the segment

    - Driver Controlled Center Differential All-Wheel Drive

    - STI Launch Edition limited to 1,000 available

    DETROIT, Jan. 14, 2014 – Subaru of America, Inc. today introduced the all-new 2015 WRX STI, Subaru's iconic performance flagship model, at the North American International Auto Show. Subaru will offer a WRX STI Launch Edition, limited to 1,000 units and exclusively featuring WR Blue paint and gold BBS® forged alloy wheels and unique interior trim.

    Powered by the legendary 305-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged BOXER engine, the 2015 WRX STI debuts a new four-door wide-body design, built on a stiffer chassis for even greater handling agility and precision. The WRX STI provides a rally-bred drivetrain and all-wheel drive handling that is unique to this model. Handling is enhanced with a stiffer chassis, firmer springs and faster steering (13.0:1 ratio).

    New for the 2015 WRX STI, Active Torque Vectoring joins an arsenal of the model's proven handling technologies that includes Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control, and a Brembo® Performance Brake System with Super Sport ABS.

    The 2015 WRX STI carries its bold personality inside, where new Alcantara seating surfaces accented by red and black leather bolsters and red stitching set the tone for the upgraded and roomier cabin. A driver-focused interior remains integral to the WRX STI performance character, with the new model debuting a motorsports-inspired flat-bottom steering wheel and new whiplash-reducing performance-design front seats with height and tilt-adjustable head restraints. A wide array of new user technologies include, for the first time in a WRX STI, availability of a harman/kardon® premium audio system.

    Iconic STI Design Exclusively in Sedan Form

    A bolder front design makes the 2015 WRX STI look ready to devour the road. The "nose-cone" configuration combines the grille and bumper cap into one unit ahead of the hood, which for the 2015 model is made from aluminum to reduce weight over the front of the car. Narrower headlights, designed to evoke a raptor's stare, flank the Subaru hexagonal grille. It's a more powerful stare thanks to new standard LED low-beam headlights.

    The special hood, fenders, doors and quarters, bumpers, headlights and taillight clusters convey the WRX STI identity. As on previous WRX STI models, a functional hood scoop supplies the intercooler with fresh air, and in the 2015 model it is set more deeply into the hood to provide better forward visibility.

    Other new performance-oriented details include foglight surrounds with a carbon fiber-like pattern and front fender vents that feature a mesh screen. A full aerodynamic body package includes the large trunk spoiler that has been a WRX STI signature feature. A rear diffuser, LED taillights and LED center high-mount stop lamp (CHMSL) leave a distinctive signature.

    New, Stiffer Chassis for Greater Handling Agility

    The 2015 WRX STI body structure makes greater use of high-tensile steel than the previous model and features special stiffening elements at key locations. The stiffer chassis helps yield a super-quick steering response that was benchmarked against top-handling sports cars. The 13.0:1 steering ratio provides a quick 2.5 turns lock-to-lock compared to 14.5:1 and 2.8 for the standard WRX model.

    As on previous WRX STI models, the 2015 version uses an exclusive inverted-strut front suspension system that provides higher levels of cornering agility. Aluminum front lower L-arms reduce unsprung vehicle weight. The STI-tuned suspension teams with standard 18-inch wheels and 245/40R18 summer performance tires, with the WRX STI Launch Edition and WRX STI Limited models featuring BBS® forged aluminum-alloy wheels.

    305-hp Turbo BOXER Engine

    The 2015 WRX STI is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged/intercooled 4-cylinder BOXER engine that employs the Dual Active Valve Control System (Dual AVCS). The engine, which is exclusive to the STI model, produces 305 horsepower (SAE) at 6,000 rpm and 290 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,000 rpm.

    The WRX STI engine is teamed exclusively with a specially reinforced 6-speed manual transmission, which includes an STI short-throw shifter in the Launch Edition model. Incline Start Assist can momentarily prevent the car from rolling backward when being driven away from a stop on an incline.

    The Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) powertrain management system allows the driver to tailor the car's driving characteristics by choosing from among three selectable modes – "Intelligent," "Sport" and "Sport Sharp" – using a rotary dial on the center console. SI-DRIVE alters vehicle performance characteristics by regulating the engine control module and by fine-tuning the electronic throttle control system.

    Multi-Mode DCCD All-Wheel Drive with Three-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control

    The 2015 WRX STI is exclusively equipped with the Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) version of Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. This sophisticated system uses planetary-type center differential gears with a nominal 41:59 torque split. A mechanical limited-slip type center differential augments an electronically controlled center differential to enhance torque transfer performance.

    Sensor inputs that include steering angle, throttle position, RPM, lateral-g, yaw, brake, ABS and wheel speed govern torque transfer response. A helical-type limited-slip front differential and a TORSEN® torque-sensing limited-slip rear differential optimize side-to-side torque distribution.

    The DCCD AWD system features three automatic modes, each using varying degrees of center differential locking to match different driving situations. In manual mode, the driver can select one of six center differential locking levels to suit the driving situation.

    Active Torque Vectoring, an enhancement of the Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system, can apply brake pressure to the inside front wheel to facilitate more neutral cornering. The VDC system offers yet more driver choices, with three settings: "VDC Normal," "Traction" and "Off." Each provides respectively lesser degrees of system engagement, allowing the driver to tailor response for the driving situation. Active Torque Vectoring remains engaged for "Normal" and "Traction" modes.

    Premium Cabin

    A one-inch longer wheelbase than the previous WRX STI helps provide a roomier cabin in the new model. The windshield is more raked than before, with the A-pillar pulled forward nearly eight inches at the base for better forward visibility, aided by a lower dashboard and narrower A-pillars. Lower side sills and wider-opening doors make ingress/egress easier. Rear seat legroom is increased by nearly two inches, and trunk capacity is now 12 cu. ft., up from 11.3 cu. ft. in the previous WRX STI sedan. A standard 60/40-split fold-down rear seat extends versatility. New available Welcome Lighting responds to the driver approaching the car.

    In the 2015 WRX STI, the driver grips a new flat-bottom, leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel that integrates switches for audio and Bluetooth control. The STI Design electroluminescent gauge panel gets a new 3.5-in. central LCD screen that displays various functions, including low-level warnings for oil and windshield washer fluid and the selected gear.

    Rich-looking appointments and details abound, including soft-touch materials for the dashboard, door trim and center console armrest. A new multi-information central display with 4.3-in. LCD screen provides a multitude of vehicle system functions, including a standard rear camera display, a boost gauge display, audio (on non-navigation models), Bluetooth and climate control settings, and a VDC screen showing traction control operation. The display can also provide a vehicle self-check and maintenance reminder.

    Standard features for the 2015 WRX STI include dual-zone automatic climate control and the All-Weather Package (dual-mode heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer). The new standard audio system combines AM/FM stereo with HD Radio®, a single-disc in-dash CD player, 6 speakers, MP3/WMA capability, Radio Data Broadcast System (RDBS), Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming, iPod® control capability, iTunes® Tagging, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (subscription required), USB port and a 3.5mm auxiliary audio input jack. Numerous compartments located in and around the center console hold phones, USB drives and MP3 players.

    An available touch-screen navigation system displays on a 6.1-inch LCD screen and offers voice controls. The WRX STI Limited model adds the luxury of leather-trimmed upholstery, an 8-way power driver's seat, the harman/kardon premium audio system and a power moonroof that opens one inch farther than on the previous model.

    Subaru Safety

    Subaru's renowned safety package uses the brand's proven Ring-shaped Reinforcement Frame body structure, which has been shown to excel in the new small overlap test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In the cabin, a driver's knee airbag is added to the roster of safety features that includes front side pelvis/torso airbags and side curtain airbags that offer front and rear outboard seat coverage.

    Subaru produces a full line of all-wheel drive sedans, crossovers and SUVs, along with the rear-wheel drive BRZ sports car.

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    Hate to say this as I have always loved the STI, but clearly Toyota is having a major affect on Subaru as this is a PIG with LIPSTICK.

    Can we say Tarted up Camry?

    I knew you could!

    new-2014-toyota-camry-201454drsdni4autos

    Sad to see Subaru being this dumbed down by Toyota. Same old motor, New blah body style and just a warm over of what they have done with the Toyota line of auto's.

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    There was a time when 280~300 hp, AWD and Compact was interesting and unique -- or at least a rarity. We are talking about the 1990s. This used to be the exclusive domain of the WRX STi and the Lancer Evo. Today, any number of cars have a turbofour with 240~300 hp, many have AWD and many aren't any bigger or heavier than the Subie. 305hp isn't enough to be noticed. And, quite honestly, WRXes have become fatter and heavier over the years to the point where I am not sure if there is a reason to get one over say an ATS 2.0T AWD.

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    I agree that this auto has lost it's unique character. Toyota bloated it up and destroyed the speciality of what it was.

    Engine should have been at least in the 350-375 or even better yet pushing 400hp/lbs as an awd beast.

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    For the WRX STi to be "significant" today, it either has to make 400+ bhp or it needs to weigh 2,800 lbs. It is neither. Whether it is based on their 3.0 H6 or a 2.0 H4 Turbo, or whether it is an aluminum car, how they achieve that is largely irrelevant.

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    • By William Maley
      Subaru Of America, Inc. Reports Record February Sales
      Record February - monthly sales increase 8.3 percent over February 2016 63 consecutive months of yearly month-over-month growth Best February ever for Outback, Forester, Crosstrek and WRX/WRX STI 36 consecutive months of more than 10,000 Outbacks sold 43 consecutive months of more than 10,000 Foresters sold Cherry Hill, N.J. - Subaru of America, Inc. today reported 45,500 vehicle sales for February 2017, an 8.3 percent increase over February 2016, and the best February in the history of the company. The company also reported year-to-date sales of 89,379 vehicles, a 7.5 percent gain over the same period in 2016. These results build on strong sales from 2016 where Subaru achieved its eight consecutive year of sales records and exceeded 615,000 annual sales – a first in the company’s history.
      February marked the 36th consecutive month of 40,000+ vehicle sales for the company. Outback, Forester, Crosstrek and WRX/WRX STI sales were notably strong as each model achieved its best February ever. Impreza sales for February 2017 increased 31.5 percent over the same month in 2016.
      “As we enter our 50th Anniversary Jubilee Year, we are off to the best start to a calendar year in the history of our franchise,” said Thomas J. Doll, president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc. “We are sincerely grateful to our retailers for their continued dedication in making these historic results possible”.
      “We are excited we could finish with the best February ever for the Outback, Forester, Crosstrek and WRX/WRX STI, as well as impressive growth for the newly-introduced 2017 Impreza,” said Jeff Walters, senior vice president of sales for Subaru of America. “We anticipate continued success throughout the year given the strength we have across our line-up.”
      Carline
      Feb-17
      Feb-16
      % Chg
      Feb-17
      Feb-16
      % Chg
        MTD
      MTD
      MTD
      YTD
      YTD
      YTD
      Forester
      12,820
      12,239
      4.8%
      25,673
      24,143
      6.3%
      Impreza
      5,826
      4,432
      31.5%
      10,931
      8,814
      24.0%
      WRX/STI
      2,498
      2,380
      5.0%
      4,640
      4,716
      -1.6%
      Legacy
      3,924
      4,454
      -11.9%
      7,806
      8,927
      -12.6%
      Outback
      13,477
      11,952
      12.8%
      26,663
      23,149
      15.2%
      BRZ
      344
      425
      -19.1%
      548
      786
      -30.3%
      Crosstrek
      6,611
      6,129
      7.9%
      13,118
      12,577
      4.3%
      TOTAL
      45,500
      42,011
      8.3%
      89,379
      83,112
      7.5%
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