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  1. Now for something completely out of left field. A report from Motoring.com.au says the next-generation Subaru WRX STI could go hybrid. A source tells the Australian website that the Japanese automaker has two hybrid systems under development as a way to increase performance while improving fuel economy and emission levels. The first system pairs a turbocharged 2.0L boxer-four with an electric motor and six-speed dual-clutch automatic. Total output of this stands at 321 horsepower, about 20 horsepower more than the current STI. The other system is a plug-in hybrid that would have the turbocharged engine powering the front wheels, while the back wheels will be solely powered by an electric motor on the rear axle. The report says we could be seeing the hybrid STI next year, followed by the plug-in a year later. Source: Motoring.com.au
  2. Subaru is keeping some of their best performance work in Japan as evidenced by the introduction of the WRX STI S207. The team at Subaru Tecnica International starts with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder found in the WRX - not the turbo 2.5L used in the STI. With some new upgrades, the engine now produces 323 horsepower and 318 pound-feet of torque. Aside from the increase in power, the S207 also gets a number of changes to the chassis and suspension. The front suspension is now adjustable, along with a new flexible strut-tower bar, intake ducting, and pillow-ball-bushing rear suspension links. A set of 19-inch wheels and a Brembo braking system finish off the vehicle. Now only 400 of the WRX STI S207 models will be built and the order books in Japan are now open. Out of those 400, 200 of them will be equipped with the NBR Challenge Package to celebrate the company's class win in 2015 Nürburgring 24 Hours. It adds a set of new wheels, carbon fiber spoiler, an Ultrasuede-wrapped steering wheel, and red seatbelts. A hundred of these models will come in a special yellow exterior color. Source: Subaru Press Release is on Page 2 STI Releases “S207” Limited-Edition “WRX STI” in Japan Tokyo, October 28, 2015 – Subaru Tecnica International (STI),*1 the motorsports division of Fuji Heavy Industries, will launch a limited-edition model based on the “WRX STI” on December 1, 2015. Just 400 units of the model, dubbed the “S207”, will be available. Taking the WRX STI as its base, this complete car from STI features exclusive engine and suspension tuning as well as distinctive interior and exterior design. Embracing the STI concept of offering the ultimate in road driving, the S207 stands at the pinnacle of the STI complete car lineup and aims to be the world’s most enjoyable vehicle, providing a feel-good experience to all those who travel in it regardless of road conditions and enhancing driver skill. Special engine tuning boosts maximum power output to 328 PS. Handling is enhanced by a quick steering-gear ratio of 11:1, the addition of original STI components including a flexible tower bar, DampMatic® II front suspension with adjustable damping (a first for a Japanese automaker), and front-rear Active Torque Vectoring, all of which combine to achieve a strong yet flexible ride and sharp cornering. Driving performance has also been enhanced with Brembo 6-pot brakes in front and 4-pot brakes at the rear, both featuring monoblock opposed-piston brake calipers and drilled rotors (2-piece type in front); specially designed 255/35R19 tires; and an exclusive large front spoiler. Special design elements serve to heighten driver anticipation and the joy of ownership, from the rear-bumper air outlet on the exterior to exclusive STI-spec Recaro front bucket seats and customized sports instruments on the interior. Evoking the spirit of the Nurburgring 24-Hour Race, where the WRX STI continues to vie for honors, an “NBR Challenge Package” is also available (limited to 200 units), featuring an exclusive dry carbon rear spoiler and an ornament commemorating Subaru’s victory in the SP3T class*2 in the 2015 Nurburgring 24-Hour Race. The S207 is available in three body colors: WR Blue Pearl, Crystal White Pearl, and Crystal Black Silica. Additionally, a 100-unit limited run of the “NBR Challenge Package Yellow Edition” in vivid Sunrise Yellow will be on offer as a special model. The S207 must be ordered by March 6, 2016,*3 and sales are limited to 400 units. S207 Main Features Suspension / Mechanism Exclusive STI-tuned Bilstein front struts (DampMatic® II, inverted-type) and coil springs Exclusive STI-tuned Bilstein rear dampers and coil springs STI-designed BBS 19-inch × 8 1/2J forged aluminum wheels (silver) Exclusive 255/35R19 92Y tires (Dunlop Sport Maxx RT) STI-designed flexible tower bar, front STI-designed flexible draw stiffener, front STI-designed support front kit STI-designed flexible support subframe, rear STI-designed pillow ball bush rear suspension link (front and rear lateral links inside) STI-designed Brembo front monoblock opposed-piston 6-pot brake calipers (silver coated with STI logo) with STI-designed Brembo 18-inch 2-piece drilled disk rotors STI-designed Brembo rear monoblock opposed-piston 4-pot brake calipers (silver coated with STI logo) with STI-designed Brembo 18-inch drilled disk rotors Exclusive high-output balanced engine Exclusive engine control unit (ECU) Exclusive twin scroll ball bearing turbocharger Exclusive performance muffler with lowered back pressure (featuring STI logo) teamed with exclusive rear exhaust pipe STI-designed strengthened silicon intake duct Exclusive quick-ratio steering gearbox (11:1) Exclusive Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system Exclusive Active Torque Vectoring system STI-designed low-pressure-drop air cleaner element STI Performance Oil (Motul 5W-40) Controls / Instrument Panel / Warning Lights Exclusive luminescent instruments (with multi-information display and STI logo) Exclusive multifunctional display Central instrument panel visor (covered in silver-stitched leather-finish material) Exclusive leather-wrapped steering wheel (highly tactile leather, chrome bezel, metallic finisher, silver stitching) STI-designed push-type engine switch (red with STI logo) STI-designed leather-wrapped shift knob (with STI logo) Audio 8 speakers (4 front, 2 rear, 2 in instrument panel) Black roof antenna (shark fin type) Interior Exclusive STI-spec Recaro front bucket seats (leather [black semi-aniline finish on inside of main and side panels, silver stitching and accents] embossed with STI logo and equipped with seat heating and supplemental restraint system side airbags) Rear seats : black leather with silver stitching and accents Exclusive instrument panel (red with S207 logo) Silver stitching on door trims Exclusive side sill plates (silver with S207 logo) Exclusive serial-number plate (console) Exterior Exclusive mesh-type front grille (cherry-red stripe with S207 ornament) Exclusive large front under-spoiler Black side garnish with STI emblem Exclusive metallic side sill moldings Exclusive rear bumper (cherry-red stripe with air outlet grille) S207 rear ornament NBR Challenge Package: Exclusive Equipment Exclusive Ultrasuede-wrapped steering wheel (with silver center marking) Exclusive red seatbelts Exclusive emblem (rear) STI-designed BBS 19-inch × 8 1/2J forged aluminum wheels (black) Exclusive dry carbon rear spoiler (with S207 logo) NBR Challenge Package Yellow Edition: Exclusive Equipment Black door mirrors Exclusive yellow side sill plates with S207 logo Exclusive black side sill moldings
  3. 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.
  4. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com October 30, 2012 Subaru has unveiled the WRX and WRX STI Special Editions at SEMA today. Perfect timing since it's Halloween and the vehicles are draped in a custom Tangerine orange paint job. The paint job is contrasted by a set of black wheels, grille, blades, and exterior mirror caps. There is also a set graphics running along the door sills, signifying if its a STI or WRX. Inside, the color combo continues with black materials and tangerine stitching on the seats, doors, and shift lever. If you were expecting any performance tweaks on the Special Editions, you'll be disappointed to hear there is none. The WRX still comes with 265 HP and the STI has 305. Subaru says there will be 200 WRXs and 100 WRX STIs built and will go on sale sometime in 2013. Pricing hasn't been released. Source: Subaru William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster. Press Release is on Page 2 2013 SUBARU WRX AND WRX STI SPECIAL EDITIONS DEBUT AT SEMA SHOW Subaru launches new “Orange and Black” Special Editions Limited run of just 300 vehicles Las Vegas, Oct 30, 2012 - Subaru of America, Inc. reveals 2013 Subaru WRX and WRX STI Special Editions at the 2013 SEMA Show. The new models are in keeping with a long tradition of customized Subaru SEMA show cars -- and just in time for Halloween. The Special Edition WRX and WRX STI models feature an “Orange and Black” custom paint scheme, with Tangerine Orange paint off-set with jet black custom wheels, black front fender badging and exterior mirrors. The Special Editions cars also receive black exterior graphics. The Special Edition line-up is limited to just 200 WRX sedans and 100 WRX STI sedans. For a true custom look, the WRX Special Edition features the dark interior trim from the WRX STI, including a black headliner. The Special Edition orange interior is also applied to the stitching on the seats, doors and shift boot, and custom orange trimmed floor mats. The WRX STI also features front fog lamps. On sale in spring of 2013, the Special Editions spice-up an already potent line up of AWD sports cars. Featuring Subaru BOXER engines, the WRX and WRX STI models develop 265hp and 305hp respectively. Delivering massive bang for the buck, the 2013 WRX Special Edition produces 244 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,000 rpm and running through its standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The 2013 WRX STI Special Edition delivers a rally-inspired driving experience with its 305-horsepower turbocharged BOXER engine, six-speed manual transmission and exclusive Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) version of Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The WRX STI is also equipped with Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) and a Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system, the latter featuring a track performance-optimized mode. Please contact your local dealer for further information.
  5. Now for something completely out of left field. A report from Motoring.com.au says the next-generation Subaru WRX STI could go hybrid. A source tells the Australian website that the Japanese automaker has two hybrid systems under development as a way to increase performance while improving fuel economy and emission levels. The first system pairs a turbocharged 2.0L boxer-four with an electric motor and six-speed dual-clutch automatic. Total output of this stands at 321 horsepower, about 20 horsepower more than the current STI. The other system is a plug-in hybrid that would have the turbocharged engine powering the front wheels, while the back wheels will be solely powered by an electric motor on the rear axle. The report says we could be seeing the hybrid STI next year, followed by the plug-in a year later. Source: Motoring.com.au View full article
  6. Subaru is keeping some of their best performance work in Japan as evidenced by the introduction of the WRX STI S207. The team at Subaru Tecnica International starts with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder found in the WRX - not the turbo 2.5L used in the STI. With some new upgrades, the engine now produces 323 horsepower and 318 pound-feet of torque. Aside from the increase in power, the S207 also gets a number of changes to the chassis and suspension. The front suspension is now adjustable, along with a new flexible strut-tower bar, intake ducting, and pillow-ball-bushing rear suspension links. A set of 19-inch wheels and a Brembo braking system finish off the vehicle. Now only 400 of the WRX STI S207 models will be built and the order books in Japan are now open. Out of those 400, 200 of them will be equipped with the NBR Challenge Package to celebrate the company's class win in 2015 Nürburgring 24 Hours. It adds a set of new wheels, carbon fiber spoiler, an Ultrasuede-wrapped steering wheel, and red seatbelts. A hundred of these models will come in a special yellow exterior color. Source: Subaru Press Release is on Page 2 STI Releases “S207” Limited-Edition “WRX STI” in Japan Tokyo, October 28, 2015 – Subaru Tecnica International (STI),*1 the motorsports division of Fuji Heavy Industries, will launch a limited-edition model based on the “WRX STI” on December 1, 2015. Just 400 units of the model, dubbed the “S207”, will be available. Taking the WRX STI as its base, this complete car from STI features exclusive engine and suspension tuning as well as distinctive interior and exterior design. Embracing the STI concept of offering the ultimate in road driving, the S207 stands at the pinnacle of the STI complete car lineup and aims to be the world’s most enjoyable vehicle, providing a feel-good experience to all those who travel in it regardless of road conditions and enhancing driver skill. Special engine tuning boosts maximum power output to 328 PS. Handling is enhanced by a quick steering-gear ratio of 11:1, the addition of original STI components including a flexible tower bar, DampMatic® II front suspension with adjustable damping (a first for a Japanese automaker), and front-rear Active Torque Vectoring, all of which combine to achieve a strong yet flexible ride and sharp cornering. Driving performance has also been enhanced with Brembo 6-pot brakes in front and 4-pot brakes at the rear, both featuring monoblock opposed-piston brake calipers and drilled rotors (2-piece type in front); specially designed 255/35R19 tires; and an exclusive large front spoiler. Special design elements serve to heighten driver anticipation and the joy of ownership, from the rear-bumper air outlet on the exterior to exclusive STI-spec Recaro front bucket seats and customized sports instruments on the interior. Evoking the spirit of the Nurburgring 24-Hour Race, where the WRX STI continues to vie for honors, an “NBR Challenge Package” is also available (limited to 200 units), featuring an exclusive dry carbon rear spoiler and an ornament commemorating Subaru’s victory in the SP3T class*2 in the 2015 Nurburgring 24-Hour Race. The S207 is available in three body colors: WR Blue Pearl, Crystal White Pearl, and Crystal Black Silica. Additionally, a 100-unit limited run of the “NBR Challenge Package Yellow Edition” in vivid Sunrise Yellow will be on offer as a special model. The S207 must be ordered by March 6, 2016,*3 and sales are limited to 400 units. S207 Main Features Suspension / Mechanism Exclusive STI-tuned Bilstein front struts (DampMatic® II, inverted-type) and coil springs Exclusive STI-tuned Bilstein rear dampers and coil springs STI-designed BBS 19-inch × 8 1/2J forged aluminum wheels (silver) Exclusive 255/35R19 92Y tires (Dunlop Sport Maxx RT) STI-designed flexible tower bar, front STI-designed flexible draw stiffener, front STI-designed support front kit STI-designed flexible support subframe, rear STI-designed pillow ball bush rear suspension link (front and rear lateral links inside) STI-designed Brembo front monoblock opposed-piston 6-pot brake calipers (silver coated with STI logo) with STI-designed Brembo 18-inch 2-piece drilled disk rotors STI-designed Brembo rear monoblock opposed-piston 4-pot brake calipers (silver coated with STI logo) with STI-designed Brembo 18-inch drilled disk rotors Exclusive high-output balanced engine Exclusive engine control unit (ECU) Exclusive twin scroll ball bearing turbocharger Exclusive performance muffler with lowered back pressure (featuring STI logo) teamed with exclusive rear exhaust pipe STI-designed strengthened silicon intake duct Exclusive quick-ratio steering gearbox (11:1) Exclusive Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system Exclusive Active Torque Vectoring system STI-designed low-pressure-drop air cleaner element STI Performance Oil (Motul 5W-40) Controls / Instrument Panel / Warning Lights Exclusive luminescent instruments (with multi-information display and STI logo) Exclusive multifunctional display Central instrument panel visor (covered in silver-stitched leather-finish material) Exclusive leather-wrapped steering wheel (highly tactile leather, chrome bezel, metallic finisher, silver stitching) STI-designed push-type engine switch (red with STI logo) STI-designed leather-wrapped shift knob (with STI logo) Audio 8 speakers (4 front, 2 rear, 2 in instrument panel) Black roof antenna (shark fin type) Interior Exclusive STI-spec Recaro front bucket seats (leather [black semi-aniline finish on inside of main and side panels, silver stitching and accents] embossed with STI logo and equipped with seat heating and supplemental restraint system side airbags) Rear seats : black leather with silver stitching and accents Exclusive instrument panel (red with S207 logo) Silver stitching on door trims Exclusive side sill plates (silver with S207 logo) Exclusive serial-number plate (console) Exterior Exclusive mesh-type front grille (cherry-red stripe with S207 ornament) Exclusive large front under-spoiler Black side garnish with STI emblem Exclusive metallic side sill moldings Exclusive rear bumper (cherry-red stripe with air outlet grille) S207 rear ornament NBR Challenge Package: Exclusive Equipment Exclusive Ultrasuede-wrapped steering wheel (with silver center marking) Exclusive red seatbelts Exclusive emblem (rear) STI-designed BBS 19-inch × 8 1/2J forged aluminum wheels (black) Exclusive dry carbon rear spoiler (with S207 logo) NBR Challenge Package Yellow Edition: Exclusive Equipment Black door mirrors Exclusive yellow side sill plates with S207 logo Exclusive black side sill moldings View full article
  7. 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. View full article
  8. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com October 30, 2012 Subaru has unveiled the WRX and WRX STI Special Editions at SEMA today. Perfect timing since it's Halloween and the vehicles are draped in a custom Tangerine orange paint job. The paint job is contrasted by a set of black wheels, grille, blades, and exterior mirror caps. There is also a set graphics running along the door sills, signifying if its a STI or WRX. Inside, the color combo continues with black materials and tangerine stitching on the seats, doors, and shift lever. If you were expecting any performance tweaks on the Special Editions, you'll be disappointed to hear there is none. The WRX still comes with 265 HP and the STI has 305. Subaru says there will be 200 WRXs and 100 WRX STIs built and will go on sale sometime in 2013. Pricing hasn't been released. Source: Subaru William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster. Press Release is on Page 2 2013 SUBARU WRX AND WRX STI SPECIAL EDITIONS DEBUT AT SEMA SHOW Subaru launches new “Orange and Black” Special Editions Limited run of just 300 vehicles Las Vegas, Oct 30, 2012 - Subaru of America, Inc. reveals 2013 Subaru WRX and WRX STI Special Editions at the 2013 SEMA Show. The new models are in keeping with a long tradition of customized Subaru SEMA show cars -- and just in time for Halloween. The Special Edition WRX and WRX STI models feature an “Orange and Black” custom paint scheme, with Tangerine Orange paint off-set with jet black custom wheels, black front fender badging and exterior mirrors. The Special Editions cars also receive black exterior graphics. The Special Edition line-up is limited to just 200 WRX sedans and 100 WRX STI sedans. For a true custom look, the WRX Special Edition features the dark interior trim from the WRX STI, including a black headliner. The Special Edition orange interior is also applied to the stitching on the seats, doors and shift boot, and custom orange trimmed floor mats. The WRX STI also features front fog lamps. On sale in spring of 2013, the Special Editions spice-up an already potent line up of AWD sports cars. Featuring Subaru BOXER engines, the WRX and WRX STI models develop 265hp and 305hp respectively. Delivering massive bang for the buck, the 2013 WRX Special Edition produces 244 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,000 rpm and running through its standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The 2013 WRX STI Special Edition delivers a rally-inspired driving experience with its 305-horsepower turbocharged BOXER engine, six-speed manual transmission and exclusive Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) version of Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The WRX STI is also equipped with Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) and a Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system, the latter featuring a track performance-optimized mode. Please contact your local dealer for further information. View full article

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