While the Impreza was redesigned last year, the new generation of WRX and WRX STI is not planned right away. Always based on the old model of the compact, the two turbocharged mower of the range Subaru nevertheless receive their usual annual modifications.
Aesthetically, versions of the 2018 vintage will see their front side win (again) in aggressiveness, via a new grille and reworked black inserts. The lights themselves receive a new adaptive LED lighting system on the TSI. Also available on the WRX, it is however reserved for the Limited version.
On the latter, it is on the chassis and the transmission that the manufacturer has mainly carried its effort; Thus, the suspension settings have been revised for more comfort, the six-speed manual transmission is equipped with new synchros for less rough gears, the clutch is now more progressive, and the steering has been retouched for a better feeling .
For its part, the big sister STI is not left behind; In addition to improvements to the WRX suspensions, the DCCD differential control system has been enhanced to provide more responsiveness. Similarly, the wheels go to 19 inches in diameter (245 / 35R19 pavements), which is not too much to accommodate the new Brembo brake calipers with 6 fixed pistons. Note that these are now painted yellow, and always supported by back counterparts with 2 fixed pistons.
Lastly, Subaru continues to evolve to meet German standards, including the adoption of thicker side windows, which will provide better soundproofing. The materials used for deck fittings are also improved, and new door handles are on the program. Finally, the rear center armrest is fitted with cupholders.
Anyway, all these developments mainly to the North American market, where Subaru is gradually becoming a major player and where the WRX and WRX STI are available in several versions, including the Limited declination mentioned above. In our countries, however, only the WRX STI with its 300 horses is in the catalog. Pity….