The 2015 Subaru WRX and WRX STI have earned the 2014 Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). The vehicles both logged good performance in each of the Institute’s crashworthiness assessments, including the small overlap front test.
The latest accolade means that Subaru now has six models that have earned 2014 safety awards from IIHS -- three with Top Safety Pick and three with Top Safety Pick+ -- including the Legacy sedan and Outback models with optional EyeSight.
The Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Subaru WRX comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder 268 hp engine paired to a six-speed manual transmission.
It is available at a starting price of $26,295. The higher-performance WRX STI model, meanwhile, is powered by a turbocharged, 2.5-liter boxer 305-hp four cylinder engine and carries a base price of $34,495.
Subaru is also offering a Launch Edition of the WRX STI, available in only 1,000 units over the first three months of production. It will be featured in exclusive WR Blue with gold BBS alloy wheels, with blue trim throughout the interior.
All 2015 Subaru WRX STI models are offered with Alcantara seating surfaces and standard LED exterior lighting, and the Limited trim adds leather. They will also be offered with a power driver's seat, a moon-roof and a premium Harman/Kardon audio system.
Thomas J. Doll, president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America remarked that since safety is one of their brand tenets, they are extremely proud to have earned a Top Safety Pick rating for their performance models.
A more confident design in front makes the 2015 WRX STI look like it is set to engulf the road. The nose-cone arrangement blends the grille and bumper cap into a single unit in front of the bonnet, which, in the 2015 model, is in aluminium to lower the weight over the car’s front. Thinner headlamps, styled to conjure the stare of a raptor, border the Subaru hexagon grille. This stare is more aggressive due to new standard low-beam LED headlights.
The unique hood, fenders, doors and quarters, bumpers, and head and taillight clusters express Subaru’s WRX STI’s personality. As with prior WRX STI vehicles, a practical bonnet scoop provides fresh air to the intercooler, and, in the 2015 version, it is more recessed into the bonnet to create better visibility to the front.
Some additional new performance-driven touches are the fog light casings with a carbon fibre pattern and vents for the front fenders that have a meshed screen. A fully aerodynamic body package comprises the abundant trunk spoiler that boasts a WRX STI hallmark feature. A rear diffuser, LED tail lamps, and LED centre high-mount stop lamp (CHMSL) create a distinct look.
New, Firmer Chassis for Better Handling Agility
Subaru’s 2015 Subaru WRX STI has a body framework that makes better use of high-tensile steel than the prior version and has special reinforcing components at strategic spots. The firmer chassis assists in yielding an extremely fast steering response when compared to top-handling sports cars. The steering ratio of 13.0:1 has fast 2.5 turns lock-to-lock compared to 14.5:1 and 2.8 for the standard WRX.