Update Jun 26, 2017. The ongoing Subaru STI is approaching the end of its life, but before its discontinuation, it seems they are going to release a few limited edition models. One of these is going to be the 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA, which stands for “Record Attempt.” It seems Subaru will be trying to break a few records at the Nurburgring this year and in order to mark the event, they will build 500 Type RA units. So far Subaru hasn’t announced the availability of the car, but it is safe to assume they will offer a few examples for each market around the World. All cars will feature a metal plaque on the center console that will state not only their number but also the VIN to show that it is, in fact, a special edition model.
Any power upgrades? The Type RA still boasts the same 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-four as the regular STI. However, the car now makes 231kW and the same amount of torque as before. The small bump in its output has been achieved with the help of a new cold-air intake system and a free-flowing exhaust which should also make a much nicer sound than before.
The changes: Even though the engine received little attention, the rest of the 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA received a lot more care. For starters, the car now boasts a carbon fiber roof which is otherwise unavailable on the regular model. On top of that, it also received a rear carbon fiber wing, and it no longer has a spare tire. The car also received larger front brakes while the calipers have been improved at all four corners. In the front, it now boasts 6-piston Brembo calipers while in the back there are new 2-piston aluminum calipers which should help it stop much better than before. The interior has been left mostly untouched with the only upgrades being the red-bolstered and stitched Recaro seats and the new suede-covered steering wheel.
The running gear: In order to make it much faster around a track Subaru gave the Type RA a unique setup for the front suspension. The car now features inverted shocks which are quite unusual for a production car. It also comes with the double-wishbone suspension which is a big change from the car’s regular setup. Thanks to these, the new brakes and the larger lightweight 19 inch BBS rims wrapped in high-performance tires, the Type RA has to be one of the fastest production cars released by Subaru so far.
Update Apr 22, 2017. Subaru has officially confirmed the price for new models of his twins WRX and WRX STI. The 2018 Subaru WRX will start at $ 26,995 ($300 over the 2017MY) and available with a six-speed manual transmission, 268-horsepower turbocharged H4. The premium model starts $30,155. On the other hand, the top end version of the 2018 WRX STI costs around $41,755, with 305-horsepower and 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-four. This is by far one of the best values for money on the market today! The new 2018 Subaru WRX STI model will most likely hit the market closer to later this spring.
Whenever I take a look at the photos of the 2018 Subaru WRX STI they always remind me of my childhood and my first racing game. It was Colin McRae Rally 2 and, although I cannot name all the cars that were available in the game, I clearly remember there was one identical to the car mentioned above. Perhaps it was even Subaru, maybe even the WRX.
Perhaps it was even Subaru, maybe even the WRX. The name stands for ‘World Rally eXperimental,’ but you can find some sources telling you it is an abbreviation for “World Rally Cross.” One thing is sure, though – every single WRX comes with rally-inspired technology. In other words, they come with all-wheel drive, turbocharged four-cylinders, and stiffer suspensions. The vehicle debuted as a Subaru Impreza, but it completely changed the name, and since the third generation it’s been known simply as WRX on most of the markets.
Subaru Technica International (STI) is Subaru’s high-performance tuning team. The team adds more power, speed, and aggression to Subaru models. The 2018 WRX will get refreshment as well and it will be the most powerful in the family.
2018 Subaru WRX STI Review
The first STI model was launched in 1994 when engineers wanted to produce even faster and more powerful vehicle. For a long time, they were refusing to send it to the US rally championship, but it finally arrived in 2002. With a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, it delivered 227 hp and could reach 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. However, with the price of $25,000 was a hit. During the history, it was offered in several body styles: two-door coupe, four-door sedan, and five-door hatchback. The 2018 Subaru WRX STI will be offered as a four-door sedan while the non-STI variant will be a five-door coupe.
As well as the base model WRX, the new STI is getting the engine of the predecessor. In other words, a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with port fuel injection is going to be under the hood of the 2018 model. It comes with an output of 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. Impressed? Well, not so much.
There were many complains about this choice since many expected at least 500 hp. And why they shouldn’t expect that much. After all, STI is a high-performance tuning team and they should enhance performances of the regular models. 300 hp was astonishing a decade ago, but nowadays everything under 500 hp is unacceptable. If they want to remain on the map with this model, they need to revise some things in the future. With the 2.5-liter it can develop a top speed of 160 mph. It is coupled with a six-speed manual and that will be the only option. If you are a fan of Subaru, then you probably have already heard of the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive or SAWD. It is originally developed in the 1970s, and it significantly enhances handling of the vehicle.
The design has never been one of the strongest advantages of the WRX STI. It looks attractive, but a little bit outdated. It seems like the concept hasn’t been changed much since the release of Colin McRae Rally 2. The 2018 Subaru WRX STI looks almost completely identical to the previous model. There are only several modifications which give it a sportier appearance. The focus of changes was on the front part. The front fascia is getting new upper grille with large hexagonal openings while air intakes seem larger than on the previous model.
The previous models were equipped with C-shaped LED daytime running lights, but 2018 won’t continue that tradition. The four-door sedan will take headlights after Subaru Viziv GT Vision. Wheels are huge but not larger than before. The Japanese automaker decided to keep the 19-inch wheels. If you take a close look, you’ll notice yellow Brembo calipers which are subtle, but still a significant improvement.
Although there are a few refreshments, Subaru must invest more time and energy in redesigning this model. Another solution is to introduce a hatchback or even a wagon body style to refresh the lineup. One way or another some things must be changed when it comes to the design of the Japanese four-door sedan.
2018 Subaru WRX STI Interior Review
The cabin follows the exterior which means there are some refreshments, but it will more or less stay the same. The dual infotainment system is one of those things which won’t be changed. Steering wheel will get a flat bottom and will come with STI badge. The gauge cluster is also refreshed with new colors. Along with standard trim level, Recaro seats will be offered. They are optional for the base model and come with STI Limited as standard.
The back of the interior of the 2018 Subaru WRX STI will get new armrests equipped with cup holders. The noise is on its minimum since door sealing has been improved. They made a few noticeable changes, but nothing big. We can just hope they have something in mind and will add several more modifications next year.
Interior Dimensions/Inches/Cubic foot
The 2018 Subaru WRX STI has two main rivals – Ford Focus RS and Volkswagen Golf R. All of them are similar in size, but the main difference lies under the hood. The least powerful is Golf R which comes with a 2.0-liter four cylinder. The 2.0-liter delivers 13 horsepower less than the WRX STI and 58 horsepower less than Ford Focus RS. Focus RS is the most powerful among these three with its 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. However, it is still slower than Subaru’s sedan for 0.1 seconds. All three of them are mated to six-speed manual transmission and have decent fuel economy with Focus RS being on top.
2018 Subaru WRX STI Release date and Price
The price of the 2018 Subaru WRX STI is estimated at $36,000. This means it will cost almost the same as its rivals. The price of the Golf R is close to $40,000 which seems too much although it has outstanding fuel economy. On the other hand, the Focus RS should have the same price as the Japanese sedan. The WRX STI is worth every penny, but we must point out the fact Subaru hasn’t changed much in the last several years. They are not giving us the reason why should we buy a new one while we can buy the old version for the less amount of money.
New WRX STI was presented at the 2017 NAIAS, and all that is left now is to wait for its appearance in dealerships. Officials from Japanese manufacturer have announced that you will be able to buy this model in the first months of this spring. So, stay put and look out for 2018 Subaru WRX STI to appear in your local Subaru dealership. In conclusion, they must redesign this vehicle to stay competent on the market.
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