It’s been about three years since we first looked at the fourth-generation WRX, which means it’s time for Subaru to have an updated version. The Subaru WRX 2018 and WRX STI receive minor updates.
2018 Subaru Wrx Review Exterior
Design has never been one of the strongest advantages of WRX STI. It looks attractive, but a bit outdated. It seems that the concept has not changed much since the release of Colin McRae Rally 2. The 2018 Subaru WRX STI seems almost completely identical to the previous model. There are only a few changes that make it look more sporty. The changes were centered on the front part. The front fascia gets a new top grid with large hexagonal openings while the air intakes appear larger than those of the previous model.
The previous models were equipped with C-shaped LED daytime running lights, but 2018 will not continue this tradition. The four-door sedan takes the headlights after Subaru Viziv GT Vision. The wheels are huge but not bigger than before. The Japanese automaker decided to keep the 19-inch wheels. If you look closely, you will see yellow Brembo calipers that are subtle, but still a significant improvement.
2018 Subaru Wrx Review Interior
The quality of the interior and the safety features on the WRX have also been updated, according to Subaru. A pleasant gathering takes place all over the world, there are new rear armrests with cup holders, redesigned interior door handles and improved materials. To make the cabin quieter, Subaru changed the door seals, used a thicker side window and added foam in the windshield header.
In WRX Limited models, the former 4.3-inch entertainment screen was thrown in favor of a 5.9-inch high-definition display, while the WRX Premium unit rises from 6.2 to 7, 0 inches. The WRX Limited models equipped with Subaru’s EyeSight camera-based safety assistances add new technologies called Vehicle Monitoring and EyeSight Assist Monitor (EAM). The EAM configuration provides EyeSight alerts and windshield notifications, similar to a traditional head-up display. Vehicle Hold replaces Hill Holder and Hill Start Assist and can hold the car at a stop light or tilt.
A new optional performance package for the WRX Premium includes eight-way Recaro seats, red painted brake calipers with Jurid brake pads and a double-spoke design for its standard 18-inch wheels, but removes the sunroof For weight savings.
2018 Subaru Wrx Review Engine
The WRX retains its 2.0-liter, direct-injection, direct-injected Flat-Oven that makes 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard; A CVT is optional. The manual has a new synchro design to reduce friction and improve the feel, and Subaru says the clutch has a more fluid grip. The WRX STI retains its 2.5-liter flat-four turbocharger that makes 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque.
Release date and price
The 2018 Subaru WRX is on sale this spring with a starting price of $ 27,855, up $ 340 from last year. The lower ITS models have a price of $ 36,955, an increase of $ 940.