Subaru WRX STI

Subaru WRX STI Review: “Subaru’s spirit in the continuous development of this car” by Yoichi Moroboshi

The WRX Series is a model that was made independent from the Impreza in 2014. The highest STI grade generates a maximum output of 308hp with its 2L turbo engine.

The test driving for this model was conducted in Hakone Turnpike. It has a hilly road from the toll gate, but the WRX STI has a power that makes you feel like you’re not driving uphill. When you think about it, it is natural that you can feel the 300hp power effectively distributed in its tires with Subaru’s excellent AWD (4WD).

Its 6-speed manual transmission is quick and has a good response. The neutral location of its center part is clear so the positioning of each gear is easy to identify. It also has a relation with the engine output, and even though its clutch has a certain weight, it is not too heavy to operate, thus you can definitely control it smoothly with a little friction.

The torque is really powerful so in driving with a normal speed, unexpectedly having a flexible maneuverability can be possible when you select a high gear by shifting up in advance. A 5-speed or 6-speed gear range is wide.

Through the performance of the Multimode DCCD (Driver’s Control Centre Differential), the Active Torque Vectoring, and the Torsen LSD inserted in the front and rear differential gears, a smooth cornering and a high escape velocity are provided. To fully utilize this function, the speed of its circuit maneuverability level is necessary; however, it is possible to experience such function on public roads.

By doing so, Subaru can always make us admire their spirit in continuously manufacturing high-powered non-luxury cars. Apparently, the WRX STI model does not sell a lot, but if they will continue to develop it, it will be a great cause of improvement in Subaru’s technological strength. I want to applaud Subaru for continuously manufacturing models supported by car enthusiasts and people who simply love to drive.

â–  5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★
Interior / Comfort: ★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★

Yoichi Moroboshi | Motor Journalist

He became a freelance journalist at 23 years old after working as an editor for an automotive magazine. He has competed in races like the Fuji Freshman series in his late 20s for seven years. He does motorsports photography and works as a photojournalist. His hobby is cooking.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)