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The Impreza and WRX are going their separate directions when the next-gen models debut. This divorce will bring about a fully revised version of Subaru's sports sedan that has dropped the "Impreza" prefix, leaving just the WRX. The WRX will feature a revised turbocharged boxer engine that rumors point to pushing out 300-plus horsepower.

2015 Subaru WRX STI - Driven

2015 Subaru WRX STI - Driven Exterior
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Mark McNabb had a week with the 2015 Subaru WRX. Check out what he thought of it at TopSpeed.com.
  • Subaru WRX STI - Driven
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    flat-4
  • Transmission:
    six-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    305
  • MPG(Cty):
    17
  • MPG(Hwy):
    23
  • Torque @ RPM:
    290
  • Energy:
    Turbocharged
  • Displacement:
    2.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.8 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    160 mph (Est.)
  • Layout:
    Front engine; All Wheel Drive
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • body style:

The Subaru WRX STI has enjoyed a rich history over the last 20 years here in the U.S., with the first model officially hitting our shores in 1994. The hopped-up version of the Impreza came from Subaru’s skunkworks division, Subaru Tecnica International and featured 250 horsepower from its flat four-cylinder and of course, all-wheel drive. Now while the Impreza sedan moved into a new generation in 2011, Subaru left the WRX STI stuck in the third generation through 2014. Essentially the automaker was building two generations of cars simultaneously, just for the STI crowd. As 2015 rolls around, Subaru has moved the WRX STI onto the new Impreza platform while keeping the same 2.5-liter, turbo flat-four as before, but adding all the welcomed improvements with the fourth-gen car. It also dropped the Impreza name, leaving just the Subaru WRX STI nomenclature on the window sticker.

I recently spent a week with the new and improved 2015 STI, flogging it around dirt roads and twisty tarmac, driving it as it should be driven. I also babied it down country highways and interstate jaunts to squeeze every last drop of fuel and treated it like a daily driver.

So does the new car live up to its rally heritage while giving owners more comfort and conveniences? Keep reading to find out.

Click past the jump for more on the 2015 Subaru WRX STI

 

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