Decades of racing heritage and success have been distilled into the potent Subaru WRX STI. The purposeful front face design and prominent rear spoiler are the first clues to the car's thrilling power, which becomes clear when you fire up the potent engine. This eye-catching model doesn't just capture the attention of motoring enthusiasts but also all other road users thanks to its muscular profile.
Beneath this appealing aesthetic there's plenty of substance to lift the latest-generation WRX STI to a new high. Its advanced chassis holds an energetic turbocharged engine – the vehicle's beating heart – which is married to a manual gearbox for smooth delivery of all available power. Whether on or off the track this high-achiever has been designed to thrill just as much as its predecessors.
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2.5i WRX STI TYPE UK £31,995 OTR
TYPE UK is the exclusive trim level for the WRX STI in the UK market. Drivers can be certain that this generous equipment grade has been carefully yet extensively kitted out with everything they require.
From the driver's seat, you have quick and simple access to the multifunction centre console and dual-zone automatic climate control air conditioning. The overall arrangement draws inspiration from track cars as the D-shaped steering wheel and aluminium pedals prove, while luxury is seen from every angle.
The leather-covered gearstick and red-stitched premium sports seats are two examples of this, joined on the inside by numerous convenience features.
A 60/40 split folding rear bench adds practicality to the WRX STI's list of strengths, and if the car is intended for multiple drivers a six-way adjustable driver's seat will accommodate them all.
Owning a Subaru guarantees that you will always have an array of pioneering technologies at your fingertips. Drivers who select the WRX STI receive much more than just an athletic car - they benefit from years of the manufacturer's many engineering advances.
These innovations are felt from the moment the engine starts and the first corner is turned. From the drivetrain to the chassis and all supporting technology, every performance-related function has been considered for how it adds to the complete driving dynamic.
In building the WRX STI, the drivetrain and the engine have been arranged symmetrically at the car's centre point. By sitting at the 'spine' of the vehicle, these components can deliver power equally to all four wheels and maintain stable handling.
Through all weather conditions and challenging terrains, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is a constant and reliable support. It is truly the backbone of all new Subaru cars.
The sharp 'punch-counterpunch' movement of the horizontal pistons lends the Boxer engine its name. It features across the Subaru model range, making it the first engine with a horizontally-opposed layout to be specifically developed for passenger cars.
In a bold and calculated move, Subaru's engineers have positioned the engine within the WRX STI low and central. Such a placement has a clear, noticeable and positive impact on the car's natural centre of gravity. You will feel it instantly in every corner and manoeuvre.
A dynamic new chassis has been designed exclusively for the WRX STI. The use of high-tensile steel throughout maintains the lightweight feel of the car and adds to the body's overall rigidity. The suspension has also been finely tuned with a sports slant – down to the speed of the responsive and flexible springs. In all of these ways, the WRX STI feels more alert and raring to go.
The engineering features throughout the WRX STI which impact stability and resilience have a direct influence on the car's high level of safety. In yet another nod to the racing influences throughout the vehicle, high-performance Brembo brakes and Active Torque Vectoring are included as standard. These are joined by a host of secure, protective cabin equipment.
It's in the safety measures that you can truly appreciate the practical, passenger car elements of this inspiring model. It offers great appeal to families, with ISOFIX child seat attachments and child-proof rear door locks as standard. Everyone further benefits from the inclusion of comprehensive, strategically-placed SRS airbags, whiplash-reducing seat designs, and supportive beams at the side doors and steering column.
On the road price includes VAT, delivery, number plates, 12 months road fund licence and first registration fee. WRX STI, is covered by a standard 3 Year / 60,000 mile (whichever is sooner) Manufacturer's Warranty (bumper to bumper, excluding clutch driven plate). Optional special paint finishes extra at £550. MPG figures are official EU test figures for comparative purposes and may not reflect real driving results.