The facelifted STi goes to the U.K. as the Final Edition model

The Subaru WRX Sti has a long, storied history which is part of the reason why Subaru chose to bring a facelift to the car just a few years after the fifth-gen model hit dealers. If you were over in the U.K., on the other hand, you probably felt shafted when the U.S. got to lay eyes on the new WRX – after all, you got stuck with the design that debuted for 2016. Well, as it turns out, the U.K. isn’t getting the facelifted model and, in fact, there won’t be a Subaru STi at all after this year, leaving you just enough time to snag one of these last 150, Final Edition models. And, if you do happen to get your hands on one, well guess what? You actually get the facelifted version that’s on sale in the U.S. right now. That’s right; the “Final Edition” STi in the U.K. is really nothing more than the facelifted model that we received for 2018.

Sounds pretty sketchy, right? Well, it really is, but it’s not exactly Subaru’s fault either. According to various sources, the company that’s responsible for importing the WRX STi has chosen not to import it anymore. It was even up to that company, which goes by the name IM Group, whether or not the final edition models were brought over there. So, while they are the reason why you can’t get a 2018 model (outside of the 150 final editions, anyway) you might want to thank them as they were at least kind enough to import 150 more to give the car a proper send-off. With that said, you probably already know what you’ll get with the Final-Edition STi since it’s already on sale here in the U.S. as a 2018 model, but let’s go over the details just to refresh your memory a bit.

Continue reading to learn more about the Subaru WRX STI Final Edition.

  • 2018 Subaru WRX STI Final Edition
  • Year:
    2018
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    flat-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    305
  • Torque @ RPM:
    290
  • Displacement:
    2.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.6 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    160 mph
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • size:
  • Purpose:
  • body style:

What makes the Subaru WRX STI Final Edition special

  • Front fascia gets new vents and larger air dam
  • New headlights include Subaru wing
  • 19-inch wheels
  • Brembo brakes w/ yellow calipers
  • Red seatbelts
  • Red stitching
  • Larger upper display
  • LED headlights
  • 2.5-liter Boxer engine
  • 295 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque
  • Electronic center differential
2018 Subaru WRX STI Final Edition Wallpaper quality Exterior
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Front fascia gets new vents and larger air dam
The grille has been slightly redefined for a fresh look, and it gets a new black grille surround

Alright, so let’s start with the exterior. If you were to read Subaru’s press release, you would think that you’re getting something special… or as Subaru put it, “redesigned to look more purposeful.” But, as I said before, you’re getting the 2018 model from here in the U.S. That means you get the new front fascia with larger vents in the corners (these are hardly functional, by the way) to go with a wider air dam that offers better airflow for the radiator and intercooler. Up above, the grille has been slightly redefined for a fresh look, and it gets a new black grille surround. The new headlights feature the Subaru wing design, which is carried over from the grille. To add to the look, the car comes with 19-inch wheels that have wide enough spokes that you can see the yellow Brembo calipers hidden behind. You’ll also find that the center differential is now all electronic as opposed to mechanical and electronic.

2018 Subaru WRX STI Final Edition Interior
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Red seatbelts
The upper screen in the dash has been replaced with a 5.9-inch unit while the dash itself has gone through some minor revisions as well.

Inside, you’ll find that the upper screen in the dash has been replaced with a 5.9-inch unit while the dash itself has gone through some minor revisions as well. There’s a handful of gloss black trim around the interior to make the gloss black trim outside, and red seatbelts are in place to match the red stitching on the seats and the steering wheel. Finally, the infotainment display was revised with new software to include DAB radio and to display the video from the rear-view camera that’s now mounted on the rear deck lid. You’ll also get LED headlights, high-beam assist, and steering responsiveness.

2018 Subaru WRX STI Final Edition Wallpaper quality Exterior
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19-inch wheels
The boxer engine gets the car up to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds on the way to a top speed of 160 mph

As far as the drivetrain goes (outside of that electronic center diff, of course), there aren’t any engine or transmission upgrades to speak of. Here in the U.S., the WRX STi delivers 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque from that 2.5-liter flat-four. That boxer engine gets the car up to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds on the way to a top speed of 160 mph. And, we’re talking about an STi here, so you better believe you’ll have three pedals and a stick with six different forward gears. Over in the U.K., however, you guys have a slightly detuned model that pumps out 295 horsepower (300ps) and 300 pound-feet. So, the truth is, you get a little more torque for a little less power – not a fair trade-off, I suppose. With that said, it’s not likely that Subaru has done anything else to provide these Final Edition models any extra grunt, but you do still get the six-speed transmission, so at least you’ve got that going for you.

2018 Subaru WRX STi (U.S.) vs 2018 Ford Focus RS

Ford Focus RS Subaru WRX STI
Engine 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine 2.5-liter flat four-cylinder “boxer”
Horsepower 350 HP @ 6,000 RPM 305 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 350 LB-FT @ 3,200 RPM 290 LB-FT @ 4,000 RPM
0 to 60 mph 4.7 seconds 4.6 seconds
Top Speed 165 mph 160 mph
Transmission 6-speed manual 6-speed manual
Fuel economy city/highway 19/25 17/23
Curb weight 3,459 Lbs 3,391 Lbs

Now, as you probably expected, you’re not going to get one of these Final Edition STi’s for any less than you can get the current model for. The current model runs at £31,995 or about $41,974 here in the U.S. As for the Final Edition model, well, sorry to tell you, but that’ll cost you an extra £2,000 as the starting price has been set at £33,995 or just over $44,400.

References

Subaru WRX

2015 - 2016 Subaru WRX STI High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2016 Subaru WRX STI.

2018 Subaru WRX STI High Resolution Exterior
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Subaru WRX STI- $36,095

Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru WRX STI.

Press release

WRX STI is the iconic Subaru model; the modern incarnation of yesteryear’s Impreza, conjuring images of special stage success and rallying legends pushing to the limit. Today, Subaru launch the WRX STI Final Edition, strictly limited to 150 models to say farewell to this brand icon and mark the end of this era of Subaru’s heritage.

With the launches of new models, and investment in platform and powertrains going forward, the timing has felt right to open a new chapter for Subaru and allow WRX STI’s heritage to inform future developments rather than being continued.

The Final Edition has a series of upgrades across key areas of the car, making this the most capable WRX STI sold in the UK and fitting tribute to its legacy.

Driving performance has been improved by changing from mechanical and electronic to electronic control of the Multi-Mode Driver’s Control Centre Differential (DCCD) which provides optimum cornering ability. The wheel size has been increased to 19 inches to house new larger Brembo® brakes with yellow painted calipers, which improve fade-resistance and brake performance and a consistent pedal feel when driving on the limit.

The front bumper has been redesigned to look more purposeful with the lower grille blacked out with a geometric textured panel, and has a larger opening to enhance cooling performance. The hexagonal grille has been sharpened and defined and a black surround has been added. The Subaru wing design which flows through to the C-shaped headlights has been incorporated, hinting at the Boxer engine under the bonnet. A Final Edition badge is positioned on the door.

Inside, high gloss black inserts are added to the instrument panel, gear stick surround, door panels and steering wheel with red stitching and red seatbelts fitted to tie the scheme together. The front seats are now heated, and a larger 5.9” multi-function display has been added to the top of the dash. The instrument panel design has also been updated. The infotainment system now includes DAB radio and a reversing camera is included to make parking easier.

WRX STI is also fitted with bi-functional projector LED lights, with a single bulb enabling High Beam Assist to switch between high and low beam automatically. High Beam Assist operates via a single-lens camera, which is installed in the front windscreen and detects when an onward car is approaching. The lights are also steering responsive, turning to the left or right depending on the driver’s steering input and illuminates more of the corner. Both technologies enhance visibility at night, allowing a clear view of the corners ahead.

The WRX STI Final Edition is available to order from 1st November, priced at £33,995 on the road.

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