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2018 Subaru WRX and WRX STI Pair Updated Looks With Performance Upgrades

For 2018, Subaru has given the WRX and WRX STI a mild refresh on the outside, and a few significant tweaks under the skin. Starting with the exterior, the lower grille openings on both models have been enlarged and given a bit of extra black trim for a more aggressive look. In fact, the change is a bit reminiscent of the dearly departed Mitsubishi Evo, with the black trim of the lower center grille extending to the bottom of the bumper. The WRX Limited and all STI models also get turning LED headlights, and the STI gets bigger 19-inch wheels.

The interior also features subtle tweaks including a larger screen in the instrument panel for all models, as well as thicker door glass and foam in the windshield header to the make the car quieter. Both models also now come with roof rack mounting brackets, a new rear armrest with cupholders, and, according to Subaru, improved interior materials. And the WRX and STI are also now available with eight-way power adjustable Recaro seats. The Recaros are standard on the top trim STI, optional on the standard STI, and available in the new Performance Package for WRX models.

This brings us to perhaps the biggest update, that aforementioned WRX Performance Package. In addition to the Recaro seats, it comes with upgraded brake pads covered in bright red calipers. The package also eliminates the moonroof, which hardcore enthusiasts know will save weight up high.

The STI gets a notable brake upgrade. New Brembo brakes feature six-piston calipers at the front, and two-piston units at the back, and they’re all painted a vivid yellow hue. Those calipers act on bigger, drilled rotors using equally enlarged brake pads. Subaru also retuned the car’s Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD). Both the WRX and STI also have retuned suspension all around.

If this all sounds great to you, you should be able to pick one up at your local Subaru dealer this spring.

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2018 Subaru WRX and WRX STI revealed

Subaru’s served up its latest Impreza on an all-new platform, but the WRX and WRX STI haven’t been treated to the same overhaul.

2018 Subaru WRX STI – Exterior and Interior

Instead, Subaru’s revealed both performance models with ‘optimised’ dynamic packages, revised styling, and more safety tech for the new model year.

The 2018 Subaru WRX and WRX STI are distinguished by a new front bumper, plugged with redesigned LED headlights and a larger lower grille.

The range-topping WRX STI rolls on new 19-inch wheels. The largest ever wheel used by a WRX, and the new wheel size allows the fitment of larger front six-piston Brembo calipers.

They’re complimented new monoblock two-pot Brembo calipers up back, along with new pads and slotted discs feature all round.

The WRX, meanwhile, debuts a newly designed 18-inch wheel, and although its brake system is carried over unchanged, owners can now option Jurid brake pads. 

Inside, the WRX STI’s seatbelts are now finished in red, while electric powered front Recaros are an option for the first time in both models.

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The glass in the front doors of both cars has also been thickened to cut outside noise.

Subaru’s focused on improving ride and stability for both cars, while also lightening and refining the WRX’s electric steering system.

The WRX STI’s adjustable centre differential system’s also been looked at, which is now fully electronically controlled.

Each car’s engines have been left untouched. As the WRX STI carries over the old 2.5-litre turbo four-cylinder boxer and the WRX a 2.0-litre dual-injected unit.

There are also a slew of new safety and assistance features. Swivelling headlights, a new collision avoidance monitor, and auto-handbrake system debut on certain variants.

Subaru Australia says it’s in the process of finalising specification and can’t confirm when the car will arrive down under.