2015 Subaru WRX STi
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Now I know why Subaru did not give me a World Rally Blue WRX a few weeks ago when I test drove the new 2015 WRX, they were saving it for the WRX STI that I picked up this week! Missing are the signature gold-coloured wheels but I’m okay with that because in my opinion that fad is over; I love the graphite-black wheels on my tester instead.
What I do have this week is not a base model WRX STI that starts at $37,995 but a Sport model that lists for $40,495 and adds a huge boy-racer spoiler, a sunroof, LED headlamps, eight-way power seats instead of six-way, fog lights and LED running lights — seems like a of money to look like you are faster than a stealthy base WRX STI, but for some the sunroof is most likely the kicker in the package.
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Regarding those boy-racer looks, you either love it or hate it, it seems. Some people love to be flashy while others like the conservative / sleeper approach to a performance machine. For just a week I can live with it, although I’m not sure personally I’d want it on my daily driver. Thankfully the wing is so tall it doesn’t really affect rear visibility as it is nearly at roof level.
After driving the WRX just a couple of weeks ago I figured the STI would be more of the same, but the second I turned that key I realized I was wrong. With so many upgrades to the WRX for 2015 a lot of enthusiasts seem to feel the STI may not longer be “worth” it. But I’m not sure those that have said that have driven the 2015 WRX and the STI because they are certainly more different than a little extra boost and a trick centre differential.
Immediately the exhaust note is different, more aggressive and so is throttle tip-in. Oddly the STI base model and Sport trim don’t have push-button start – you only get it in the tech package, gotta leave something for those that want the extra tech. It feels so antiquated to be turning a key in the ignition on a $40,000+ car… but I digress.
So how much different is the STI from the WRX? Is it worth the extra money? Stay tuned!
Pricing: 2015 Subaru WRX STI Sport Package
Base price (WRX STI Sport Package): $40,495
A/C tax: $100
Freight and PDI: $1,650
Price as Tested: $42,245
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