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  • 2018 WRX/STi

    Although this is US news, interesting to see 6-pot brakes/Recaro seats (for top trim or option). Same EJ25 maybe? 19" wheels? Thoughts?

    Gallery: http://media.subaru.com/image-galler...ryId=193&mid=1

    January 5, 2017

    SUBARU DEBUTS 2018 WRX® AND WRX STI® WITH PERFORMANCE, COMFORT AND SAFETY UPGRADES
    Revised front styling for a more aggressive look
    • Suspension optimized for better handling and ride comfort
    • New 19-inch wheels, upgraded Brembo® brakes and revised DCCD All-Wheel Drive give WRX STI wider performance envelope
    • New available Recaro® power seats
    • Performance Package option for WRX models
    • New EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology safety features
    • Upgraded interior materials and quieter cabin
    Cherry Hill, N.J. - Subaru of America, Inc., which this month posted its eighth consecutive year of record-breaking sales, today introduced the 2018 WRX and WRX STI, each debuting performance, comfort, design and safety enhancements for a more rewarding driving experience. The new models reach Subaru retailers in spring.

    A restyled front fascia WRX and WRX STI shows a sportier attitude, highlighted by a more pronounced grille design, along with a larger lower grille opening. The WRX Limited and all STI feature redesigned LED Steering Responsive Headlights that help illuminate curves in nighttime driving. For greater versatility, all WRX and STI models now feature new roof rack mounting brackets.

    WRX for 2018
    With its 268-hp, 2.0-liter direct injection turbocharged BOXER engine, Symmetrical All Wheel Drive and Active Torque Vectoring, the rally-bred WRX is a performance and value benchmark in the high-performance AWD sport-compact segment. The WRX comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission and offers an optional performance automatic transmission, the Sport Lineartronic® CVT with manual mode.

    The WRX features new front and rear suspension tuning for improved steering stability and ride comfort, while retaining the car’s high cornering performance capability. Subaru significantly enhanced shifter feel for the 6-speed manual transmission, with a new synchro design and reduced friction, along with smoother clutch take-up. The WRX electric power steering (EPS) was revised to provide an even smoother, more natural feel, while integrating the steering motor and electronic control unit reduces weight.

    A new optional Performance Package for the WRX Premium features Recaro 8-way power seats, red-painted brake calipers and upgraded JURID brake pads, and deletes the moonroof to reduce weight. The standard 18-inch wheels feature a bold new double-spoke design.

    WRX STI for 2018
    A comprehensive handling enhancement for the 2018 STI includes the revised suspension tuning as featured on the WRX, plus a revised DCCD AWD system, significantly upgraded brakes and this model’s first-ever 19-inch wheels. The DCCD system, which previously used a combination of mechanical and electronic center limited slip differential control, now uses electronic control for quicker and smoother response. The 19-inch alloy wheels feature a striking Y-shaped spoke design and carry 245/35R19 tires that help raise cornering performance while giving the STI an even more aggressive stance.

    The yellow-painted brake calipers identify a significantly upgraded Brembo Performance Brake System that now uses stronger monoblock 6-piston calipers in front, monoblock 2-piston calipers in the rear and larger, drilled rotors all around for better heat dissipation. New brake pads provide significantly greater surface area for improved braking feel and fade resistance. The STI also offers the Recaro seats (standard on STI Limited, optional for base trim).

    Powered by a 305-hp 2.5-liter turbocharged BOXER engine, the WRX STI brings rally-bred performance technology to the road with Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Standard handling technologies include Active Torque Vectoring and Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control.

    Improved Usability with a Sporting Edge
    The everyday usability that has contributed to WRX and STI popularity gets even better for 2018. All models feature upgraded interior materials, rear seat armrest with cup holders, redesigned interior door grips and faster remote trunk opening.

    New measures that reduce unwanted noise include thicker door glass, revised door sealing and a foam-filled windshield header beam. A new, larger high-definition multi-function display (5.9-inch vs. 4.3-inch before) makes it easier to see vehicle functions at a glance. WRX Limited models feature power driver’s seat lumbar adjustment. The standard WRX adds heated exterior mirrors (already standard on others), while the WRX Premium upgrades to a SUBARU STARLINK™ 7.0” multimedia unit from the previous STARLINK 6.2” unit.

    Safety
    Subaru revised the front structure of the WRX and WRX STI for enhanced frontal collision performance. The WRX Limited, when equipped with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology now features Vehicle Hold (AVH), and a new EyeSight Assist Monitor (EAM). The EAM uses LED indicators to display EyeSight status and alerts on the windshield, allowing the driver to see them without diverting eyes from the road ahead. The AVH feature replaces the Hill Holder and Hill Start Assist functions and offers greater functionality, holding the vehicle on all road grades, not only inclines. For example, AVH can help reduce driver fatigue by holding the car at traffic lights, and then can seamlessly transition to acceleration.

    About Subaru of America, Inc.
    Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 620 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information, visit media.subaru.com.
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  • #2
    From the photo I've seen so far, I do like the new front bumper. The upgraded front brakes and seats are big dollar items. I'm sure many people will be disappointed with the return of the EJ257 but shouldn't be surprised as this is just a mid gen model upgrading. But with these items in tow, it will be interesting to see what the new gen of STi will be like when it arrives in (2020?)
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Ricewagon View Post
      From the photo I've seen so far, I do like the new front bumper. The upgraded front brakes and seats are big dollar items. I'm sure many people will be disappointed with the return of the EJ257 but shouldn't be surprised as this is just a mid gen model upgrading. But with these items in tow, it will be interesting to see what the new gen of STi will be like when it arrives in (2020?)
      SGP (Subaru Global Platform) means that it will be at LEAST 2020 until we see WRX, let alone STi. Now to see if those 6-pots fit on GR/GVs!
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      • #4
        Originally posted by DIGGY View Post

        SGP (Subaru Global Platform) means that it will be at LEAST 2020 until we see WRX, let alone STi. Now to see if those 6-pots fit on GR/GVs!
        So that means that with the '18s, the bugs should be mostly worked out of the system, eh?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Ead View Post

          So that means that with the '18s, the bugs should be mostly worked out of the system, eh?
          HOPEFULLY the 19
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          • #6
            Originally posted by DIGGY View Post

            HOPEFULLY the 19
            NOOOOOooooooooooo..... how am I supposed to upgrade to a WRX next year if they can't get their bugs sorted out for the '18 model year? :lesigh

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            • #7
              I'm actually curious about the brake setup. There's so much stopping power in the front now I wonder if the weight balance got shifted up.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by DIGGY View Post
                Although this is US news [...snip]
                Any news for those of us north of the 49th?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Ead View Post

                  Any news for those of us north of the 49th?
                  Not officially from what I've seen. Though it's been a busy few weeks. Will post if any news.
                  2011 Impreza WRX STi Sedan
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                  SWP-kr3w - #1
                  MY2011 Masterrace - #1
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DIGGY View Post

                    Not officially from what I've seen. Though it's been a busy few weeks. Will post if any news.
                    Don't we have dealer representation on this site...?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Ead View Post

                      Don't we have dealer representation on this site...?
                      We do, however news announcements and dealerships are two different things in the life cycle.
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                      SWP-kr3w - #1
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by DIGGY View Post

                        We do, however news announcements and dealerships are two different things in the life cycle.
                        Poopie. :P

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                        • #13
                          There's no change to which models are turn-key ignition and which models are push-button ignition, correct?

                          I'd hate to have that push-button bullshit foisted on me. To me, nothing says "ignition" like turning a key.

                          Because rally car.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Ead View Post
                            There's no change to which models are turn-key ignition and which models are push-button ignition, correct?

                            I'd hate to have that push-button bullshit foisted on me. To me, nothing says "ignition" like turning a key.

                            Because rally car.
                            I don't believe so, but best to ask sales | LloydAtDocksteaderSubaru ?
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                            GV-kr3w - #1
                            SWP-kr3w - #1
                            MY2011 Masterrace - #1
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by DIGGY View Post

                              I don't believe so, but best to ask sales | LloydAtDocksteaderSubaru ?
                              *crickets*

                              That's ok, there's still some time before I need to make a purchasing decision anyways.

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