So, you want a fun sports car that you can drive all year. Maybe something a little uncivilized , yet practical, without being outrageously expensive? And you want to power slide like a 4×4 pickup through a foot of snow? Not a problem. Today, you can head over to your local Subaru dealership and purchase a 2015 WRX STi. It’s the anytime, anywhere, any speed supercar that will put a teenage-boy smile on your face for under $36,000. Yes. Yes. Hell, yes.
Model: WRX STi
Model Year: 2015
Engine: 2.5L 4-Cylinder Turbocharged Boxer Engine producing 305-horsepower @ 6,000 RPM – 290 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
- Super car levels of stability, performance, and grip
- Driver-tunable throttle and center differential satisfied our inner geek
- Price to performance squarely hit the mark & this car is still affordable to the masses
- Super supportive seats and a harsh ride gave us backaches after long trips
- Carbon fiber look trim should be real carbon fiber trim
- While super fun to look at the gazillion-spoke wheels get dirty quick and are awful to clean
If you’re not familiar with the STi, let me explain. Subaru takes the Impreza WRX, which is already fast with all-wheel-drive, and upgrades everything. A bigger engine, fully adjustable all-wheel-drive system, upgraded suspension, stiffer seats, a hood scoop, large rear wing, and a carbon-fiber style interior are just the beginning of the differences. They may look similar… but while the WRX is still a comfortable all-weather commuter, the WRX STi is weather destroying anomaly that challenges everything you know about what a sports car is supposed to be. Let’s take a look.
The STi is a raw performer with a civilized interior. Suede leather, lots of informational screens, and better looking plastics bring this Subie into the modern era.
In the past, the STi has always been over-scooped, over-winged, and just a little bit hard to look at. However, the 2015 is surprisingly mature. LED running lights and a toned down inter-cooler intake allow this car to be far more stealthy than its predecessors.
…but the massive trademark wing remains. That’s not a bad thing. The real story here is the STI’s performance and composure. Which, as you can see, adds up to be downright fun on dirt roads.
Flat bottomed leather steering wheel, suede leather seat inserts, carbon-fiber-like trim, stainless pedal trim, and a 6-speed manual. There’s no question you’re sitting down in a performance machine. Automatic climate control and heated seats add some luxury.
As we’ve alluded to, the STi is pretty much the closest thing you can get to an every-day rally car. The car is so predictable and has so much grip… you will never look at dirt roads the same way again.
Don’t worry, the car feels right at home on pavement too. Here’s a good look at the standard LED tail-lights and four-outlet exhaust.
Here’s your first person view. You’ve got the obvious; speed, temp, fuel, and tach. You also get center differential tuning, throttle tuning, and current gear. Don’t worry, the boost gauge is still around but shown in the center stack information screen.
And an awesome boost gauge it is. Sure, this screen could show you a trip odometer, or when your traction control activated, or a few other fun things. But lets be honest…all you want to look at is this.
The Alcantara® suede leather lined and heavily bolstered seats are a must. They look really good but the key here is that they work well to give you support you need in a car like this. The downside is that they are a little stiff for daily commuting.
The car has changed but the logo and brand remain the same. Subaru Tecnica International.
The STi remains as one of the last few cars where an open hood is still a thing of beauty. The red intake, the huge inter-cooler, and the rawness of no crappy plastic engine covers.
You can only get the STi with a six-speed manual. Also standard, the SI-Drive system which allows you to tune throttle response in three ways; Intelligent, Sport, and Sport Sharp. Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) allows you to adjust the all-wheel-drive from 40:60 front/rear distribution all the way to a locked 50:50.
This is the view from which you will observe all other cars and never forget about your massive rear wing.
Subaru has done something amazing with the 2015 STi. It’s a looker. The new LED marker lighting brings a modern and up-to-date feel. Everything else is performance oriented.
The STi has an exclusive Brembo brake system. With massive 13-inch rotors in the front paired to four-piston calipers, the STi has no issue stopping.
An over size scoop has long.. long.. long been an STi trademark. This generation around, it’s still big, but smoother and less pronounced.
We loved our week with the STi. There’s really no other combination of performance and utility quite like it. It’s unique and left a big impression. Up here in New Hampshire, we’ve got great driving roads that are covered in snow half of the year. The STi solves a problem: How do you drive a sports car all year long? This is how.
The 2015 Subaru WRX STi remains as the only sports car that is more fun to drive when in a snow storm than on dry pavement. Subaru resisted the urge to over-refine the new generation while adding a measurable amount of maturity. It all adds up to a performance machine that is attainable to a large audience and still brings a smile to our face weeks after driving it. A perfect combination.