Subaru of American announced that the first 1,000 units of the 2015 WRX STI offered in North America will be special Launch Edition models. The WRX STI Launch Edition will come draped in WRX Blue Pearl exterior paint combined with gold-painted, 18-inch, BBS alloy wheels wrapped in 245/40R18 summer performance tires.
On the interior, the 2015 WRX STI Launch Edition will also feature an exclusive cabin design treatment that includes performance-designed front seats wrapped in blue Alcantara with black stitching — regular WRX STIs will be carry black seats with red stitching. The same blue and black combination will see used on the door panels, console and the carpeted floor mats. The will be lots of "STI" and "Launch Edition" logos placed all over the cabin to remind you that this is a special model.
As standard, the new WRX STI Launch Edition will come with an STI short-throw shifter for the six-speed manual transmission and Keyless Access & Start system, which are usually offered as an option on the WRX STI Premium.
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When compared to the base WRX, the new STI version adds a more aggressive exterior look with unique doors, fenders, bumpers and hood.
The 2015 WRX STI is powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter, boxer engine that delivers a 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque, and comes mated to a bespoke six-speed manual.
The 2015 WRX STI is built on a stiffer chassis for even greater agility and precision. The new model also adds lots of new features, like Active Torque Vectoring, Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) and Brembo Brakes.
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Subaru of America, Inc. will usher in the new-generation 2015 WRX STI by offering the STI Launch Edition, designed to appeal especially to loyalists who have made the STI a high-performance icon. Exclusive features amplify the special nature of the STI within the performance-car community. Subaru will offer 1,000 of these models in North America.
All 1,000 of the WRX STI Launch Edition models will be painted WR Blue Pearl and come equipped with gold-painted 18-inch BBS® alloy wheels, an iconic color combination long associated with Subaru competition cars. As on all 2015 WRX STI models, the wheels carry 245/40R18 summer performance tires.
Built on the standard and lightest WRX STI model, the STI Launch Edition is exclusively equipped with special interior colors and trim and gets a standard STI Short-Throw Shifter for the 6-speed manual transmission. The Keyless Access & Start system, which is offered as an option on WRX STI Premium and Limited models, is included as standard with the STI Launch Edition.
Powered by a 305-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged BOXER engine, the 2015 WRX STI debuts a new four-door wide-body design, built on a stiffer chassis for even greater handling agility and precision. New for the 2015 WRX STI, Active Torque Vectoring joins the model’s arsenal of proven advanced dynamic handling technologies that includes Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), SI-DRIVE powertrain control system and a Brembo® Performance Brake System with Super Sport ABS.