Subaru has introduced the 2018 WRX and WRX STI with comfort, performance, design and safety upgrades for a more rewarding driving experience.
Both cars benefit from a restyled front fascia highlighted by a more pronounced grille design, along with a larger lower grille opening. For improved versatility, both now feature new roof rack mounting brackets, while the WRX Limited and all STI feature redesigned LED Steering Responsive Headlights that help illuminate curves in nighttime driving.
Inside, all models feature upgraded interior materials, rear seat armrest with cup holders, redesigned interior door grips and faster remote trunk opening. The noise has been further reduced thanks to the thicker door glass, revised door sealing and a foam-filled windshield header beam. The 4.3-inch screen has been replaced with a larger high-definition, 5.9-inch multi-function display, heated exterior mirrors. WRX Limited models feature power driver’s seat lumbar adjustment, while the WRX Premium now features a SUBARU STARLINK 7.0-inch multimedia that replaces the STARLINK 6.2” unit.
2018 WRX comes powered by the same 268-hp, 2.0-liter direct injection turbocharged BOXER engine that features Symmetrical All Wheel Drive system and Active Torque Vectoring. It comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, or an optional Sport Lineatronic CVT with manual mode. The car also features new front and rear suspension, enhanced shifter feel for the 6-speed manual transmission and revised electric power steering. Additionally, Subaru offers a new optional Performance Package the WRX Premium features. It features Recaro 8-way power seats, red-painted brake calipers and upgraded JURID brake pads, and deletes the moonroof to reduce weight, while the standard 18-inch wheels feature a bold new double-spoke design.
2018 WRX STI comes with a comprehensive handling enhancements that include a revised suspension, a revised DCCD AWD system, and this model’s first-ever 19-inch wheels. The stopping power comes from a significantly upgraded Brembo Performance Brake System that now uses stronger monoblock 6-piston calipers in front, monoblock 2-piston calipers in the rear and larger, drilled rotors all around for better heat dissipation. The DCCD system, which previously used a combination of mechanical and electronic center limited slip differential control, now uses electronic control for quicker and smoother response. Under the hood, a 2.5-liter turbocharged BOXER engine remains unchanged, which means that still delivers 305 hp. The sole transmission on offer is a 6-speed manual, while rally-bred performance technology is still offered and includes Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Active Torque Vectoring and Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control.
The company has also enhanced the safety. Both cars now feature revised front structure for enhanced frontal collision performance. The WRX Limited, when equipped with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology now features Vehicle Hold (AVH), and a new EyeSight Assist Monitor (EAM) that uses LED indicators to display EyeSight status and alerts on the windshield, allowing the driver to see them without diverting eyes from the road ahead. The Hill Holder and Hill Start Assist functions are replaced by the AVH feature, which according to Subaru offers greater functionality, holding the vehicle on all road grades, not only inclines. For example, AVH can help reduce driver fatigue by holding the car at traffic lights, and then can seamlessly transition to acceleration.