2015 Subaru WRX STI Type S breaks cover in Japan

Article by Christian A., on August 25, 2014

Earlier today we revealed you the WRX S4, but this vehicle wasn’t the only one unveiled by the Japanese company as Fuji Heavy Industries also introduced the 2015 Subaru WRX STI Type S. According to Subaru, the WRX STI Type S comes with the same chassis mods as the WRX S4 as well as with the Driver’s Control Center Differential (DCCD) fitted as standard.

Under the hood, there is the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that generates 305 hp and 422 Nm of torque. The engine is bolted to a six-speed manual transmission as standard but as an option Subaru offers six-speed automatic gearbox.

This means that the JDM-spec WRX STI Type S develops the same output as the US-spec version but with a smaller engine. For those who don’t know, the US-Spec 2015 Subaru WRX STI uses a 2.5-liter tuevocharged/intercooled four-cylinder Boxer engine that produces 305 h and 393 Nm of torque.

Regarding the design, the 2015 Subaru WRX STI Type S features new front fender ducts, side sills and a new set of 18-inch alloy wheels.

Open the doors and you will see the D-shaped steering wheel featuring red stitching, a gear knob wrapped in leather, aluminum pedals as well as the 3.5-inch liquid crystal display.

The interior design is completed by the piano black finishes and decorative carbon fiber trim panels. Just like the WRX S4, the new Subaru WRX STI Type S will be offered exclusively in Japan and is available to order as of today.

Subaru gave the new 2015 WRX STI a bolder front end, as marked by the "nose-cone" configuration that combines the grille and bumper cap into a single unit, just a little forward of the lighter aluminum hood. The hexagonal grille is flanked by narrower headlights that have been designed to provide a glare similar to a raptor’s, as made possible by the new standard LED low-beam headlights.

The unique character of the new Subaru WRX STI is properly conveyed through its special hood, bumpers, headlights and taillight clusters as well as doors, fenders and quarters. Just like on its predecessor, the new WRX STI comes with a functional hood scoop that sends cooling air to the intercooler. In the 2015 model, the scoop is set deeper into the hood to offer better forward visibility.

The new Subaru WRX STI is provided with a number of new performance-oriented details like front fender vents with a mesh screen as well as foglight surrounds with a carbon fiber-like pattern. The new WRX STI is also provided with a full aerodynamic body package that includes the signature massive rear spoiler. Further signature elements include a rear diffuser, LED taillights as well as a LED center high-mount stop lamp (CHMSL).

For the 2015 model year, the body structure of the new Subaru WRX STI employs more high-tensile steel than its predecessor, and even comes with special stiffening elements at key points. Thanks to its stiffer chassis, the WRX STI offers a very quick steering response that was even benchmarked against best-handling sports cars. Compared to the 14.5:1 steering ratio and 2.8 turns lock-to-lock of the standard WRX model, the WRX STI delivers a 13.0:1 steering ratio for a 2.5 turns lock-to-lock.

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