Subaru’s new WRX STI

New look disguises minor changes underneath

THE FACELIFTED Subaru WRX and WRX STI might now look like their more regular relations, but it’ll be a while before the duo join the latest Impreza on the company’s new modular platform.

Revised exteriors, tweaked drivetrains, and new suspension packages are the ticket here, while a new grille treatment, LED headlights and larger cabin screens (4.3- to 5.9-inch trip computer monitor and 6.5- to 7.0- inch infotainment unit) attempt to refresh interest in the iconic fourdoor rally weapons.

Subaru has also revised front and rear suspension settings for both versions, saying steering stability and ride comfort’s improved. The WRX also nabs a revised manual transmission and a retuned electric power steering unit, while both boxer donks are unchanged.

The STI’s centre diff’s mechanically actuated but now electronically controlled, and its (DCCD) settings are new.

Lastly, the model’s first-ever 19-inch alloys hide larger sixpiston Brembos up front, with slotted discs all-round.