2017 Subaru WRX STI Test Drive and Redisign

2017 Subaru WRX STI Test Drive and Redisign


Today's Subaru WRX and WRX STI models are more than just tuned economy cars. These Impreza offshoots each have their own turbocharged engine and sophisticated all-wheel-drive systems to place the additional energy down, making them a great option for those looking for performance in a much more sensible package than a muscle car. They also provide all-weather capability that isn't found in rear-drive pony cars and can hit 60 mph comparable occasions.

The WRX and its 2017 Subaru WRX STI sibling offer lots of thrills for the buck, but they do have some (sometimes intentional) rough edges-so they score a 7.0 out of 10.

Step up to the pricier STI and you get a little much more distance from the mainstream. Whilst both the WRX and STI are constructed on a stiffer, special version of the Impreza body, the STI gets added chassis bracing, a 305-horsepower engine, its own special gearbox, a stiffer suspension, much better brakes, and a far edgier, much more customizable all-wheel-drive method that enthusiasts who crave track time will appreciate

2017 Subaru WRX STI styling and performance

Make it big, and make it boxy; that is the ethos of the WRX's styling, at least at the front finish where the air intakes have never looked quite so massive, or the fenders fairly so pronounced. In addition to the deep front air dam and unique grille, the WRX has its own hood, fenders, bumpers, and lighting to distinguish it from the Impreza. Important details include the much more deeply set (and functional) hood scoop, LED low-beam headlights on upgraded models, and 17- and 18-inch wheels. Somehow, with all that in place, it all nonetheless reads a bit dull-not almost as compelling as the extravagant mechanicals that lie beneath the skin. The STI gets a large wing out back, though purchasers can go for a low-profile trunk spoiler that should contact a little much less interest to the car.

Inside, the cabin is fairly roomy and decently finished though barely above spending budget grade. In the WRX, sport seats are specified and are covered in grippy upholstery. A power driver's seat is an choice, and so is leather upholstery. The rear seat will accommodate a pair of adults nicely, but not 3, and the trunk's cargo space is typical for a compact car. The STI gets slightly nicer trim as well as a light-up shift knob.

The WRX uses a lovely turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-4 engine outfitted with a twin-scroll turbocharger and intercooler as nicely as direct injection. Power output is set at 268 hp, while peak torque of 258 pound-feet is delivered from 2,000 rpm to 5,200 rpm.

2017 Subaru WRX STI security and features

2017 Subaru WRX STI - The powerplant is coupled to either a manual or a constantly variable transmission (CVT), and the choice of transmission nets the driver various versions of Subaru's hallmark all-wheel drive. With the 6-speed manual gearbox, the all-wheel-drive method has a viscous coupling at the center differential. It splits power 50/50 front to rear, and may shuffle torque side to side as traction requirements arise.

2017 Subaru WRX STI - With the CVT-equipped WRX, Subaru ladles on all its latest thinking in performance and economy. The CVT gets eight preset transmission ratios that give it the feel of a manual transmission in Sport Sharp mode, or the usual CVT response when it is left in Intelligent mode. An intermediate, Sport mode provides six gear-like actions. This version of the WRX has an all-wheel-drive method with a 45/55 rear bias. It could distribute torque variably side to side, and reroute it primarily based on cornering forces and steering-wheel inputs. The WRX also gets electric power steering and a sport-tuned suspension.

The result: a car that adapts to gas-saving features with aplomb but still scorches the road with beautifully balanced handling and spot-on steering. Braking isn't quite as great as we'd hoped, though.

2017 Subaru WRX STI - As for the STI, it feels sharper and more vivid, but not all that much faster. It carries forward with the precise same 2.5-liter turbo flat-4 as final year, creating 305 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. Energy is delivered via a special driver controlled center differential, bringing a helical limited-slip front differential and Torsen limited-slip rear differential. With it you get larger Brembo brakes, a stiffer suspension tune (with revised geometry in front), and hydraulic-boost steering with a quicker ratio and 2017 Subaru WRX STI Price is >> More Info

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