New platform offers a stiffer, more agile chassis with Active Torque
Vectoring for exceptional handling
Subaru's global performance flagship model debuts as a bold new sedan
with all-new interior for added refinement
The 2015 WRX STI model's exclusive engine, transmission, brakes and
steering offer an unsurpassed level of control
DETROIT, Jan. 14, 2014 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. today announced the
unveiling of the all-new 2015 WRX STI, Subaru's iconic performance
flagship model, at the North American International Auto Show in
Detroit. With the next-generation 2015 WRX STI, Subaru's engineers set
out to take full advantage of its 2.5-litre turbocharged SUBARU BOXER
engine. Debuting a new four-door wide-body design, the 2015 WRX STI is
built on a stiffer chassis for even greater handling agility and
precision. Handling is further enhanced with firmer springs and faster
steering (13.0:1 ratio) for an unsurpassed level of control. All of
these performance enhancements optimize power delivery to take full
advantage of this icon's 305 horsepower.
New for the 2015 WRX STI, Active Torque Vectoring joins an arsenal of
the model's proven performance technologies that include multi-mode
Driver Controlled Centre Differential (DCCD) symmetrical All-Wheel
Drive, multi-mode Vehicle Dynamics Control, and a Brembo performance
brake system with super sport ABS.
The 2015 WRX STI carries its bold personality inside, where new
Alcantara seating surfaces accented by red and black leather bolsters
and red stitching set the tone for a refined and roomier cabin. A
driver-focused interior remains integral to the WRX STI performance
character, with the new model debuting a D-shaped steering wheel and
new whiplash-reducing performance-design front seats with height- and
tilt-adjustable head restraints. A wide array of new comfort and
convenience features include, among others, the availability of a
harman/kardon premium audio system.
Bold, New Pure Performance Sedan
A bolder front design makes the 2015 WRX STI appear as ready as it is to
devour the road. The nose-cone configuration combines the grille and
bumper cap into one unit ahead of the hood, which for the 2015 model is
made from aluminum to reduce weight over the front of the car. Narrower
headlights with new standard LED low-beam headlights create a powerful
stare to flank the Subaru hexagonal grille.
The special aluminum hood, wide fenders, doors and quarters, bumpers,
headlights and taillight clusters convey the WRX STI identity. As on
previous WRX STI models, a functional hood scoop supplies the
intercooler with fresh air. In the 2015 model, the scoop is set more
deeply into the hood to provide better forward visibility.
Other new performance-oriented details include fog light surrounds with
a carbon fibre-like pattern and front fender vents featuring a mesh
screen. A full aerodynamic body package includes the signature large
trunk spoiler. A rear diffuser, LED taillights and LED centre
high-mount stop lamp (CHMSL) leave a distinctive signature.
New, Stiffer Chassis for Greater Handling Agility
The 2015 WRX STI body structure makes greater use of high-tensile steel
than the outgoing model and features special stiffening elements at key
locations. The stiffer chassis helps yield a super-quick steering
response that was benchmarked against top-handling sports cars. The
13.0:1 steering ratio provides a quick 2.5 turns lock-to-lock.
As on previous WRX STI models, the 2015 version uses an exclusive
inverted-strut front suspension system that provides higher levels of
cornering agility. Aluminum front lower A-arms reduce unsprung vehicle
weight. The STI-tuned suspension teams with standard 18-inch wheels and
245/40R18 summer performance tires, with the WRX STI Sport-tech Package
featuring BBS forged aluminum alloy wheels.
Exclusive SUBARU BOXER Engine and Transmission
The 2015 WRX STI is powered by a 2.5-litre turbocharged/intercooled
4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine that employs the Dual Active Valve
Control System (Dual AVCS). The engine, which is exclusive to the STI
model, produces 305 horsepower (SAE) at 6,000 rpm and 290 lb.-ft. of
peak torque at 4,000 rpm.
The WRX STI engine is teamed exclusively with a specially reinforced
6-speed manual transmission. Its Hill Holder system can momentarily
prevent the car from rolling backward when being driven away from a
stop on an incline.
The Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) powertrain management system
allows the driver to tailor the car's driving characteristics by
choosing from three selectable modes - Intelligent, Sport and Sport
Sharp - using a rotary dial on the centre console. SI-DRIVE alters
vehicle performance characteristics by regulating the engine control
module and by fine-tuning the electronic throttle control system.
Multi-mode DCCD All-Wheel Drive with Three-mode Vehicle Dynamics Control
The 2015 WRX STI is exclusively equipped with the multi-mode Driver
Controlled Centre Differential (DCCD) version of Subaru symmetrical
full-time All-Wheel Drive. This renowned system uses planetary-type
centre differential gears with a nominal 41:59 torque split. An
electronically controlled centre differential enhances torque transfer
Sensor inputs that include steering angle, throttle position, RPM,
lateral-g, yaw, brake, ABS and wheel speed govern torque transfer
response. A helical-type limited-slip front differential and a TORSEN
torque-sensing limited-slip rear differential optimize side-to-side
The DCCD AWD system features three automatic modes, each using varying
degrees of centre differential locking to match different driving
situations. In manual mode, the driver can select one of six centre
differential locking levels to suit different driving situations.
Active Torque Vectoring, a brand new enhancement of the multi-mode
Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system,
can apply brake pressure to the inside front wheel to facilitate more
neutral cornering. The VDC system offers even more driver choices with
three settings: VDC Normal, Traction and Off. Each provides
respectively lesser degrees of system engagement, allowing the driver
to tailor the response for the driving situation. Active Torque
Vectoring remains engaged for Normal and Traction modes.
More Room, More Refinement
A 25 mm longer wheelbase helps provide a roomier cabin in the new model.
The windshield is more raked than before, with the A-pillar pulled
forward nearly 200 mm at the base for better forward visibility, aided
by a lower dashboard and narrower A-pillars. Lower side sills and wider
opening doors make ingress/egress easier. Rear-seat legroom is
increased by nearly 50 mm, and trunk capacity is now 340 litres, up
from 320 litres in the previous WRX STI sedan. A standard 60/40-split
fold-down rear seat extends versatility even further. New welcome
lighting illuminates the headlights, interior lights, licence plate and
tail lights when the vehicle is unlocked using the keyless remote.
In the 2015 WRX STI, the driver grips a new flat-bottom, leather-wrapped
tilt/telescoping steering wheel that integrates switches for audio and
Bluetooth control. The electroluminescent gauge panel gains a new
3.5-inch central LCD screen that displays low-level warnings for oil
and windshield washer fluid and the selected gear, among its various
Rich-looking appointments and details abound, including soft-touch
materials for the dashboard, door trim and centre console armrest. A
new multi-information central display with 4.3-inch LCD screen provides
a multitude of vehicle system functions, including a standard rear
camera display, a boost gauge display, audio (on non-navigation
models), Bluetooth and climate control settings, and a VDC screen
showing traction control operation. The display can also provide a
vehicle self-check and maintenance reminder.
Standard features for the 2015 WRX STI include dual-zone automatic
climate control, dual-mode heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors
and a windshield wiper de-icer. The new standard audio system combines
AM/FM stereo with a single-disc in-dash CD player, six speakers,
MP3/WMA capability, Radio Data Broadcast System (RDBS), Bluetooth
hands-free calling and audio streaming, iPod control capability, iTunes
Tagging, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (subscription required), USB port and
a 3.5 mm auxiliary audio input jack. Numerous compartments located in
and around the centre console hold phones, USB drives and MP3 players.
The WRX STI Sport Package adds a large rear spoiler, an 8-way power
driver's seat, LED low-beam headlights, multi-reflector halogen fog
lights and a power sunroof that opens one inch farther than on the
The WRX STI Sport-tech Package features a touchscreen navigation system
that displays on a 6.1-inch LCD screen and offers voice controls as
well as a harman/kardon premium nine-speaker audio system, the added
luxury of leather-trimmed upholstery, and 18-inch BBS forged aluminum
Subaru All-around Safety
Subaru's renowned safety package uses the brand's proven ring-shaped
reinforcement frame body structure, which has been shown to excel in
the new small overlap test by the Insurance Institute for Highway
Safety (IIHS). The cabin adds a driver's knee airbag to a roster of
safety features that includes front side pelvis/torso airbags and side
curtain airbags that offer front and rear outboard seat coverage.
About Subaru Canada, Inc.
Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy
Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the
company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories
through a network of over 85 authorized dealers across Canada. For more
information, please visit www.subaru.ca or www.pr.subaru.ca or follow @Subaru_Canada on Twitter.
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