WRX is actually a part of the Impreza’s lineup but the name shift has happened and most drivers, especially those in U.S. calls this car WRX instead of Impreza. This iconic performance-oriented model witnessed countless World Rally Championship podiums during its racing days and now enjoys well-earned retirement. However, it is still available in conventional sales, and you can easily get your hands on new 2016 Subaru WRX STI, as well as on base WRX Impreza.
Unlike conventional Impeza, or even conventional WRX lineup for that matter, STI version features quite large and powerful powertrain. The 2.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder unit is capable of reaching 305 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque. Furthermore, it features symmetrical all-wheel drive and comes with fully-synchronized 6-speed manual transmission. All this allows the car superb handling and more than fun driving dynamics. I mean, 4.8 seconds from 0 to 60 and top speed of 159 mph is more than adequate numbers for a sedan.
WRX STI models are slightly different than regular Impreza’s, but still easily recognizable. Beefier hood with large scoop and different bumpers up front and around the back are what differs it from the rest of the lineup. STI models, get large wing spoiler as well, but generally don’t exhibit any other differences compared to entry-level WRX models. With that in mind, 2016 Subaru WRX STI represents a true rally car and only lacks wacky sponsored paint. It weighs 3,400 pounds which is plenty, but its potent powertrain is more than capable of moving it with haste, as we have already seen from acceleration figures.
This car has different interior than its cousins. Dashboard layout and control positions might be the same, but materials are largely different and they really do make the difference. Sport Alcantara-wrapped seats are a true testament to previous statement, and they are riddled with red contrasting inserts and stitches. Furthermore, rest of the cabin also gets red stitching which can be seen across the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Instrumentation and some buttons are also colored, while instrument panel, upper glove compartment and middle panel offer some carbon fiber covers instead of aluminum accents.
The 4.3-inch LCD display is enough to support all screen-dependent features including rearview camera and since this is sporty oriented model we really do not need much more. Safety features are rather standard, but if you decide to go with STI Limited trim level, you’ll get a bonus of active systems which consists of adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert.
All models are rated at 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. These figures aren’t really representative when it comes to smaller sedans, but performance orientation and sheer power take their toll. However, STI can do worse than that still if you decide to push the pedal to the metal and, let’s face it, that’s exactly what you’ll do. Base STI model costs $34,695, while STI Limited grade starts from $38,695. This represents increase of $200 dollars over the 2015th version and we have no objections to this.
2016 Subaru WRX STI Release Date
The 2016 Subaru WRX STI is a true testament to racing spirit. This small sedan exhibits some great figures when it comes to pure performance. It is also quite refined for its niche, but lacks some advanced tech options. Still, anyone who loves pushing their car to the max at times will love WRX STI as it probably won’t even break a sweat while being pushed to the limit. We are waiting for the official release of 2016th model and this will most likely happen during the fall of this year.