Subaru WRX STI

Subaru WRX STI Review: “Different from the previous STI, a car with smart, high performance” by Naoto Shimazaki

The test drive car was based on the WRX STI. It is equipped with a manufacturer option large rear spoiler, a damper manufactured by Bilstein, and a BBS aluminum wheel that is different from the Type S. The car weight is exactly 1,500kg as recorded in the car specification sheet.

Its 2L 4-cylinder twin scroll turbo engine has an output of 308ps/43kgf-m. With this speed, you won’t ever be late or delayed. Also, if you try to step hard on the accelerator, you can push your back comfortably to its seatback.

However, in contrast to its very strong power performance, this car was wrapped up with stability. The line it drives is not messed up during acceleration and when cornering. Its 4WD system can be added with a standard setting ratio of 41:59 in the front and rear parts, but in auto mode, it performs smoothly in terms of maneuverability.

The ventilated disk brake of its four Brembo tires has reliability, and it does not make unnecessary sound. You can effortlessly manage its MT shifting and clutch using its power degrees. As for the previous STI model, I was able to feel the vehicle’s soul through its performance; nevertheless, this latest model left an impression on me that it has been completely refined. Just like the BMW M models, I felt that this car was wrapped up with a smart, high performance through the use of latest technologies.

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

Naoto Shimazaki | Automotive Journalist (AJAJ Member)
Born in Tokyo in 1958. He worked at an editing and publishing company for nine years after graduating from university. In 1991, he began working freelance after working as a writer, editor and photographer for magazines and independent publications. Since then, he has continued to expand his activities as a writer for magazines and the web. He approaches cars and journalism from the viewpoint of an everyday user.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)