The all-new Subaru WRX STI is coming to South Africa this year, but in unspecified limited numbers, according to Subaru Southern Africa. That’s no surprise considering Subaru is not the biggest seller of cars in the first place, and the STI was never a mass-market car anyway. Regardless, those who want one had better start talking to their nearest dealership.

2015 Subaru WRX STI 2

Unveiled to the public for the first time at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit last week, the new WRX STI (based on the new WRX) does not offer that much more power than its predecessor. In fact, it only gained 4kW and lost 14Nm of torque! The new WRX delivers 225kW at 6000rpm and 393Nm of torque at 4000rpm from its 2.5-litre 4-cylinder boxer engine. Performance figures were not given but it should go from 0 – 100km/h in around 5.5 seconds in real life.

2015 Subaru WRX STI 3

It comes fitted with a 6-speed manual gearbox that sends all power and torque to all four wheels through a mechanical limited-slip differential and the DCCD Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system that features three automatic modes, each using varying degrees of centre differential locking to match different driving situations. A stiffer suspension, Brembo brakes and 18-inch wheels (two options in smokey grey or a light gold for the traditionalists) with 245/40R18 performance tyres ensure a sporty and brisk drive.
2015 Subaru WRX STI 5

Inside the STI is kitted with a more premium cabin than any other previous STI before it. Some features ensuring this include a flat-bottomed steering wheel, leather/ Alcantara-covered seats with red stitching, dual-zone automatic climate control, hands-free Bluetooth control, a new multi-information central display with 4.3-inch LCD screen, a standard rear view camera, and a new 3.5-inch central LCD screen which displays various functions.

2015 Subaru WRX STI 6

The exterior features some classic tell-tale STI bits, like the bonnet scoop that supplies the intercooler with fresh cool air, and the large rear boot spoiler. Newer stuff are things like the LED headlights, LED taillights, fog light surrounds with a carbon fibre-like pattern and front fender vents that feature a mesh screen.

2015 Subaru WRX STI 8

The new Subaru WRX STI will be available exclusively as a sedan model and we believe it will cost around R620 000 when it launches in Mzansi.

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