2017 Subaru WRX STI Review and Release Date


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 advanced all-wheel-drive systems to place the additional power down, creating them a great option for those searching for performance in a more practical package than a muscle car. They also provide all-weather capability that isn't discovered in rear-drive pony cars and can hit 60 mph similar times.

The WRX and its 2017 Subaru WRX STI sibling provide 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 as much as the pricier STI and you get a little more distance from the mainstream. While both the WRX and STI are built 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, more customizable all-wheel-drive system 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 exactly where the air intakes have never looked quite so huge, or the fenders quite so pronounced. Additionally to the deep front air dam and unique grille, the WRX has its personal hood, fenders, bumpers, and lighting to distinguish it from the Impreza. Key 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 location, it all still reads a bit dull-not nearly as compelling as the extravagant mechanicals that lie beneath the skin. The STI gets a big wing out back, although buyers can opt for a low-profile trunk spoiler that ought to call a little less attention to the car.

Inside, the cabin is pretty roomy and decently finished although barely above budget grade. In the WRX, sport seats are specified and are covered in grippy upholstery. A energy driver's seat is an option, 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 nicely 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 well as direct injection. Energy 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 safety and features

2017 Subaru WRX STI - The powerplant is coupled to either a manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and the option of transmission nets the driver different versions of Subaru's hallmark all-wheel drive. With the 6-speed manual gearbox, the all-wheel-drive system 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 really feel of a manual transmission in Sport Sharp mode, or the usual CVT response when it's left in Intelligent mode. An intermediate, Sport mode offers six gear-like actions. This version of the WRX has an all-wheel-drive method with a 45/55 rear bias. It can distribute torque variably side to side, and reroute it based on cornering forces and steering-wheel inputs. The WRX also gets electric energy steering and a sport-tuned suspension.

The outcome: a car that adapts to gas-saving attributes with aplomb but still scorches the road with beautifully balanced handling and spot-on steering. Braking is not quite as fantastic as we'd hoped, although.

2017 Subaru WRX STI - As for the STI, it feels sharper and much more vivid, but not all that a lot quicker. 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 by way of a special driver controlled center differential, bringing a helical limited-slip front differential and Torsen limited-slip rear differential. With it you get bigger Brembo brakes, a stiffer suspension tune (with revised geometry in front), and hydraulic-boost steering with a faster ratio and 2017 Subaru WRX STI Price is >> 2017 Subaru WRX STI

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