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Break out the vapes. Subaru has released details on the upgraded 2018 WRX and WRX STI, both of which gain new hardware, but not the new global platform found under the 2017 Impreza.
In a bid to keep the models fresh until a fully revamped version arrives, Subaru has tweaked the WRX’s styling, upgraded its drivetrain and braking components, and eliminated a mandatory “option” many Performance Package customers didn’t enjoy paying for.
For those expecting more power:Â sorry, not this time.
Yes, the same turbocharged 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter Boxer engines carry over into 2018, making 268 and 305 horsepower in the WRX and WRX STI, respectively.
Up front, Subaru facelifted the fascia for a meaner look, adding steering-responsive LED headlights in the process. Base WRX customers will have to find their way through the dark with fixed units, however. Mind those curves. Underneath the new face lies a strengthened structure for better collision performance.
An extra heaping of sound insulation, coupled with thicker window glass, should provide something close to the library-like environment that owners of all-wheel-drive sports cars crave. Like audience members on Oprah, everyone gets a larger multimedia screen! 5.9-inch screens come standard on the base model, while Premium customers gain a 7.0-inch Starlink unit.
Both models see new front and rear suspension tuning for 2018, with attention paid to steering stability and overall comfort. The six-speed manual transmission now sports a slipperier synchro design for improved shifter feel and smoother clutch take-up, much to the delight of TTAC’s resident WRX owner Bozi.
By integrating the steering motor and electronic control unit, Subaru claims a slight improvement in steering feel, plus weight savings. New 18- and 19-inch wheel designs are on tap, as are grippier brakes. The WRX Premium’s new Performance Package brings JURID pads to the table, while the WRX STI sees larger rotors with Brembo monoblock six-piston calipers up front. Two-piston calipers find their way to the rear.
Premium Package customers no longer have to shell out for a moonroof. That feature is now gone from the goody bag.
On the safety front, Subaru’s Hill Holder and Hill Start Assist features have been dumped in the trash, replaced by a Vehicle Hold (AVH) system that restrains the vehicle in all situations â€” even on level ground. In Limited models, the EyeSight driver assist system now projects information onto the windshield.
Subaru expects 2018 WRX and WRX STI models to roll into dealerships this spring.
via The Truth About Cars http://ift.tt/Jh8LjA January 5, 2017 at 05:15AM