It has been more than a decade since Subaru had imported its world-rally championship-derived car, the 2004 Impreza WRX STi in the U.S. in order to compete with Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution. Even though it was slightly ‘mediocre’ compared to Lancer, it is noticeable that the said sport compact still gathered lots of attention from car enthusiasts. And this time, they had released their decade-long upgrade, the 2015 Subaru WRX STi.
Under the Hood
Experts are quick to point out that the latest car is almost similar to its 2004 predecessor, especially with its 2.5-liter flat-four. Having bested its predecessor by having five additional horsepower, it is down by 10 lb-ft when it comes to torque, maybe due to its additional weight and bigger dimensions. Still having a 6-speed automatic transmission and an All-wheel drivetrain, it cruises at 155 mph top speed at 4.6 seconds 0-60 mph acceleration.
Even though that the car has its set of ups and downs, it definitely doesn’t mean that the company is already out of style. As a matter of fact, the fact remains there’s still more room for improvements.
- Category : Sport Compact Car
- Engine : 2.5-liter Turbocharged DOHC 16-valve flat-4 150 cu in (2457 cc)
- Transmission : 6-speed manual
- Drivetrain : AWD
- Power : 305-hp @ 6000 rpm
- Torque : 290 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
- 0-60 mph : 4.6 seconds
- Top Speed : 155 mph (drag limited)
- Mileage : (City) 17 mpg; (Highway) 23 mpg
- Price : Starting at $35,490 – $40,790 (as tested)