2018 Subaru WRX STI Final Edition
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.
The Subaru BRZ isn’t getting a facelift anytime soon, but over in the UK, the BRZ is getting — or at least getting back — the entry level SE trim. It doesn’t sound that sexy, that much I think we can all agree on. But it does give customers in the UK a cheaper BRZ alternative than the ones they’re currently getting.
There’s not a whole lot to be excited about the return of the BRZ SE other than its £22,495 ($37,033 at current exchange rates) price tag. The engine is still the same (ho hum) 2.0-liter flat-four and there aren’t any added features unless you get the higher-grade SE Lux version. At least that one gets Alcantara and heated leather-trimmed seats.
Otherwise, prepare to see standard features like keyless entry and push-button start; dual-zone climate control; cruise control; sports seats; VSC; Torsen limited slip differential; and front, side, curtain, and knee airbags. Satellite navigation is also available, although that one comes as a dealer-fit option.
Judging by what’s being offered, the BRZ SE can be an attractive buy if you’re looking for a sports car across the pond. But you’re probably better served getting the SE Lux trim. For an extra £1,500 ($2,469), you at least get some nice Alcantara-wrapped heated seats.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Subaru BRZ SE.
Subaru’s mighty Impreza WRX STI has wowed people from all over the world, thanks to the surprising amount of power it packs under its hood. Fans of the car in the UK will undoubtedly be pleased to know that a special edition model of the WRX STI will be coming to their shores in the form of the Subaru WRX STI 340R.
The sole focus of this unique piece is to give the sports car more power than the standard model. That should be a plus considering that the base trim of the all-wheel-drive rubber burner already packs a punch in the form of 305 horsepower and 290 lb/ft of torque.
With the WRX STI 340R though, Subaru performed a menu of modifications, including an ECU remap and the addition of new intake and exhaust systems. The result is a car that packs an output of 340 PS - hence the name, 340R - that then translates to 335 horsepower. On top of that, the car’s torque number was also improved to 361 lb/ft, which means even more hoontastic exploits for its drivers.
All that being said, the WRX STI 340R won’t come cheap because it’s set to be sold in the UK for £28,594, which is around $45,000 based on current exchange rates. Quite a princely sum, isn’t it?
The Isle of Man’s 37.75-mile, 200-turn Mountain Race Circuit is one of those tracks that test a person’s endurance over a pretty long distance. It’s a little more than two-and-a-half times the length of the Nurburgring so you can expect it to be as daunting as any race track in the world, even for the standards of superbikes that race in the circuit every year.
That’s why we found it surprising to find out that a Subaru Impreza WRX STI broke the lap record for a four-wheeled vehicle in the track after the record stood for 21 years.
Driven by former British Rally champion and WRC veteran Mark Higgins, the Impreza WRX STI clocked an impressive - by its standards – time of just under 20 minutes, with an average lap speed of 115.356 MPH, breaking the previous lap record by more than two minutes. Late rally veteran Tony Pond set the previous record back in 1990 while driving a Rover 827 Vitesse.
Congratulations to both Subaru and Mark Higgins for the new record and here’s to hoping that we won’t have to wait 21 years for this record to be broken.
UPDATE 06/23/2011: Subaru has released a 5 minute 25 second video highlighting rally driver Mark Higgins’ lap that averaged 115.356 MPH. Towards the end of the video, Higgins tells the tale of when he lost and then regained control of the Subaru.
Hit the jump for details on the Subaru WRX STI Isle of Man and to see what Higgins has to say about the record breaking lap.
UPDATE 11/07/2011: The WRX STI Isle of Man TT Mark Higgins has been displayed at this year’s SEMA Show and this was the perfect opportunity for us to give you some live pictures of the car. We hope you will enjoy them. Check the picture gallery to see them.
In a strange and unpredictable marketing strategy, Subaru UK has decided to give potential customers the extra oomph they may need to go out and purchase an Impreza WRX STI. Between now and June 31, 2011, Subaru UK will be selling the standard WRX STI models for the typical £32,995 (about $53,500 at the current exchange rates), but add on an upgrade in engine power and satellite navigation system for FREE. Yes, that’s F-R-E-E.
The Subaru Impreza WRX STI comes with a 2.5 liter Boxer 16-valve turbo engine that produces 300 HP, but during this promotional period, the engine will be tweaked to deliver 320 HP and 331 lbs-ft of torque. With this extra 20 HP, the improved STI will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds.
Next to the engine upgrade, the STI will also get a Pioneer satellite navigational system fitted as standard. The system features touch-screen capability, Bluetooth, and iPod connection. The screen is also detachable and can be connected to a laptop via a USB port for easy downloading of additional information.
The list of equipment for the Subaru will also include symmetrical AWD, keyless entry and push button start, hill start assist, climate control, SI-Drive, leather Recaro seats, 18 inch alloy wheels, remote locking, satellite tracker, and cruise control.
Subaru UK didn’t mention the reason behind this added bonus, but we don’t think anyone in the UK will mind.
The Prodrive P1 may have had a quick run in the consciousness of auto enthusiasts, but the British firm still made quite an impression on about 300 Subaru Impreza P1s. So much so that all 300 of them showed up at Prodrive’s headquarters in Banbury, England to celebrate what would have been the Prodrive P1’s 10th year anniversary.
If you’re a little confused when asked to recall what the Prodrive P1 was, it was a collaboration between Richard Burns - a former WRC champ- and Subaru UK to make 1,000 tuned-up Imprezas that were all painted in the same Sonic Blue color scheme. They also all had the same upgrades, including an increased power to around 276 horsepower. They also carried many additional upgrade such as Recaro sports seats, six-pixton brakes, and alloy wheels.
Despite only being in its formative years as an up-and-coming tuning brand, Prodrive P1 was surprisingly discontinued after a few years, leaving behind so much promise and potential on the table. Nevertheless, those who got to experience the skills of Prodrive first-hand all trooped to its company headquarters to pay homage to the company that made those Impreza P1s more awesome than they already were.
Press Release after the jump
Subaru UK announced that the Impreza WRX and WRX STI models will receive a new Prodrive Performance Pack valued £3200 for nothing, zero, zilch, nada. The package includes: a tweaked ECU and high-flow sports exhaust and 18-inch alloy wheels. This porformance pack is very similar to the 1999 Performance Pack added to the Subaru Impreza RB5 for a price of £2,500 which also included a tweaked ECU and sports exhaust system, but no new wheels.
With these updates the WRX delivers a total of 265HP and 390Nm of torque, and the STI a total of 330HP and 470Nm of torque. As a result, the WRX makes the 0-62mph sprint in 5.9 seconds and the WRX STI in 4.8 seconds.
In addition to these new offerings, Subaru has thrown another piece of good news our way. They have announced that the basic WRX’s price has been reduced by £95.
Press release after the jump.
Two decades after the first Legacy rolled off the assembly line; the Japanese automaker Subaru is introducing the next generation of their flagship wagon, the Legacy Tourer for the U.K. The touring model is based on the stylish fifth generation Legacy with its winged front grill, hawk eye headlights and sculpted arches. Now while this practical Legacy looks a lot like the Outback here in the U.S. you should take note that where the rugged SUV alternative wears a two tone paint scheme and a set of bulky looking bumpers. Whereas the Legacy Tourer is wrapped with only one coat of color and has the same aggressively shaped bumpers as the regular Legacy hanging off of either end. The Legacy Tourer is already on sale, with prices starting at £23,295 for the diesel burning 2.0D S and climb all the way up to £27,295 for the CVT equipped 2.5i SE NavPlus Lineartronic model.
Being a Subaru, every Legacy Tourer is powered by a horizontally opposed boxer engine connected to a symmetrical all wheel drive system that makes for a surprisingly sporty driving experience. Subaru U.K. believes that the most popular Legacy Tourer will be the diesel powered 2.0 D that accelerates from 0 to 60 MPH in a very efficient 9.6 seconds and can hit a top speed of 120 MPH. While the performance figures don’t seem too impressive, it is astounding that the full size luxury wagon is able to get and average of 46.3 MPG.
The more traditional 2.5 Liter flat four gas burning power plant makes a total of 165 HP and 169 lb-ft of torque by taking advantage of Subaru’s new i-AVLS, active valve lift system to help the internal combustion engine breathe a bit easier. The petrol model also benefits from Suabru’s recently developed chain driven Lineartronic continuously variable transmission that propels it from 0 to 60 MPH in a lofty 10.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 120 MPH. So no matter which kind of Legacy Tourer you choose, you will be getting a solid and practical ride.
Press release after the jump.
We all know how much the British love their Subarus. So much that they gave the cars a cute nickname. Now owners can show off their AWD Scoobies at the Scooby Sprint Championship, a UK motorsport series developed exclusively for Subarus. The series caters to all levels of competitors, from novice to professional, and from privateers to fully built professional machines. In the end, the champion will be crowned the fastest Subaru in the UK.
More after the jump.
The Essex Police ANPR team, known as the ‘Interceptors’, has been taking high performance driving tuition from motorsport specialists, Prodrive.
The 21 members of the Interceptor team, which is being followed by Channel Five TV, underwent a special day’s training at the Prodrive Performance Centre in Warwickshire to get to grips with their new high-performance Subaru Impreza GB270s. The new 270 bhp four wheel drive cars, capable of reaching 60 mph in just 5 seconds, recently replaced the Intercept Team’s front wheel drive cars. Despite all being professionally trained drivers themselves, the unique handling handling characteristics of four wheel drive performance cars meant the team decided to seek further expert advice and tuition in rally bred car control from Prodrive, which had also developed the special edition GB270.
Subaru’s new Justy supermini is now on sale, offering outstanding fuel economy, equipment and space plus ultra-low exhaust emissions which should make it exempt from the proposed new London Congestion Charge. In fact, with a 64.2 mpg Extra Urban figure, ultra-low 118 g/km exhaust emissions and annual £35 Road Fund Licence, the new Justy 1.0 R promises to be one of the cheapest petrol-engined cars to run on UK roads.
Subaru UK is offering a limited edition for its iconic Impreza 2.5 WRX saloon and Sports Wagon. Called GB270, the edition is limited to only 400 units (300 for the Impreza GB270 saloon and 100 for the Sports Wagon) and offers s around £7,600 in extra equipment for the saloon and just under £7,000 for the Sports Wagon. Both models cost £22,995 on-the-road – only £2,898 and £1,898 more than the standard Impreza WRX saloon and Sports Wagon respectively. The model can be ordered starting July 10, and deliveries start on September 1st.
Here is a new model of the Subaru WRX designated the RB320 for media star and rally professional Richard Burns.
Visually, the Subie WRX RB320 features some nice black racing alloys, aggressive aero kit, and a few orange badges to let you know that this is for the man Mr Burns. Performance wise and thanks to Prodrive, the RB320 will get a boost in bhp to 316, and 332 lb-ft of torque.
Sad part is, United States wont get to see any of 120 models produced as it is only for the United (...)
As we say Subaru will always send on the market spcial editions of his super-sedan the Impreza WRX STI.But now they have well founded reason for doing that.Subaru announced the Impreza RB320 in the memory of rally hero Richard Burns who died in November last year of cancer.