2017 Subaru WRX STI Review

With the recent activity coming straight out of Subaru’s production, there is also an entry called the 2017 Subaru WRX STI model which is in the works. Subaru has already made plans and even released some cars this year, like the newest Impreza for instance, but there are plenty of other news cooking in their oven. One of the recent announcement is the news about their WRX version which is coming with a new STI setup.

The early 2000s was a time when low-entry compact performance vehicles were in style and the market was mostly dominated by Honda hatchbacks which provided the necessary specs and gave this solid performance and such specs necessary for the needs of the market. But it was the WRX which started turning things around. After Subaru released its car in the US, it was very soon after that followed by the more powerful STI version that was an equal, or perhaps an even better hit.

2017 Subaru WRX STI side view

The introduction of the Subaru WRX STI model made the popularity of having turbo power and AWD popular again and it was this model that made all of this possible. But after some years the competition has managed to catch up and produced their own vehicles which stepped up in production and contention. Thus the current situation is that Subaru is in a great need of producing next-gen WRX model. The 2017 Subaru WRX STI is the model which is going to make all of this happen and you can find out more about it in the review.

Exterior

The next generation which is the 2017 Subaru WRX STI brings us a new form of design which is apparent in all of the latest models coming from Subaru. With the latest Sedan Concept which came to us from Subaru there was also a new design language introduced which we can see in all the latest models produced by the Japanese automaker. The model is going to adopt the same kind of an aggressive style that the sedan models which were produced for the US market had and will continue here as well as the model is going to be made available dominantly in the US.

2017 Subaru WRX STI front view

In fact the model that we get is a mixture between the latest Impreza and the Sedan Concept, but a little bit closer to the former than the later. The front end has some LED headlights adopting a C-Shape design. There are some LED strips placed on the flared intakes at the bottom corners of the bumper. The grille is similar to the production model but has a glossy black mesh inside it. The glossy mesh is also used for the lower intake while there is a subtle lip spoiler which brings the front end of the car closer to the ground.

2017 Subaru WRX STI rear view

Viewing the car from the profile, the most noticeable are the massively flared front fenders. They give the car a rally kind of a look and a different stance. The fender flares drop into the side skirts which have a deep cut and enhance the simplistic character line which run across the side of the car. The rear end of the car is a little bit boxy than anything else. It has a coupe like design with an upturned tail. And finally, the massive wing placed on the trunk lid completes the design of the car.

Interior

There have been a lot of improvements made for the interior of the 2017 Subaru WRX STI, particularly because of the larger dimensions of the car. The model has gained additional space and room on its interior and has expanded the back side of the car. The model gets a premium look that way which is mainly thanks to the premium materials that have been added. The inside is actually going to have a similar kind of a design that we see in the lower trims of the Impreza model.

The dash features a multi-layer design, as it adopts some lines which angle down toward the center console of the model. On the very front of the dash there is a large 8.0-inch touchscreen and we also get the latest iteration of Subaru’s Starlink infotainment system and has all the latest and modern connectivity features.

2017 Subaru WRX STI interior

There is also the analog instrumentation placed behind the steering wheel and has black backings, white needles and pink and red numbers and letters. And finally, a driver’s information display between the speedo and tachometer placed on top of the dash.

Engine

Since its ascension, the WRX STI has used the 300-horsepower 2.5-liter turbo flat-four engine, but this will change for the 2017 Subaru WRX STI. The model is going to use a 2.0-liter turbo flat-four with an electric motor and a dual-clutch six-speed automated manual transmission system. This provides 322 horsepower and over 35 mpg for the model. This is a good choice especially as Subaru gives us a Sport Hybird verison in Japan which uses a a 2.0-liter boxer engine, electric motor, and CVT providing and output of 160 horsepower and around 48 mpg. The top speed of the car is measured at 160 mph and a 0-60 mph performance of 4.5 seconds.

2017 Subaru WRX STI engine

Release date and price

The next-gen 2017 Subaru WRX STI is going to be priced no less than $35,000, but it may get to rise to $40,000 before it reaches the market. As the release date is still a bit far away the model has not yet confirmed its final price as there are going to be some final additions made certainly. The release date for the US market is going to be next year around mid-year.

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