2017 Subaru WRX STI: Exciting Performance and Superb Value Unleashed

  • Added infotainment functionality with Siri Eyes free and MirrorLink compatibility.
  • Seamless integration of information with navigation with SiriusXM® Traffic and Travel Link
  • Achieves the 2016 ALG Canadian Residual Value award, Best Sports Car

MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 4, 2016 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is pleased to announce that its global flagship performance model, the WRX STI, is now available for sale for the 2017 model year. The 2017 WRX STI continues as the ultimate-performance Subaru with its high-pressure 305 horsepower turbocharged/intercooled SUBARU BOXER engine teamed with a 6-speed manual transmission and the exclusive Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Centre Differential version of Subaru's symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive system. The spine-tingling sedan's proven performance technologies also include Active Torque Vectoring, multi-mode Vehicle Dynamics Control and a Brembo performance brake system with super sport ABS. For the 2017 model year, the Subaru WRX STI continues as a finely tuned legendary road car but with new technologies designed to enhance the infotainment experience. Built on a stiff chassis for handling agility and precision, firm springs and quick ratio steering (13.3:1 ratio), the WRX STI offers an unsurpassed level of control.

Purebred Performance Engineering

The 2017 WRX STI is powered by a 2.5-litre turbocharged/intercooled 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine that employs the Dual Active Valve Control System. 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 uniquely teamed with a specially reinforced 6-speed manual transmission. 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 (S#) - using a rotary dial on the centre console. SI-DRIVE alters vehicle performance characteristics by regulating the engine control module and fine-tuning the electronic throttle control system.

Multi-mode DCCD All-Wheel Drive with Three-mode Vehicle Dynamics Control

The 2017 WRX STI is exclusively equipped with the multi-mode 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, and Subaru's DCCD is a proprietary design that is completely unique to the industry. This technology allows the driver to adjust the centre differential locking through three different modes and customize the torque sent to the front and rear wheels to suit the mood or the conditions.

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 torque distribution.

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, an enhancement of the multi-mode Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system, can apply brake pressure to the inside front wheel for improved 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.

2016 ALG Canadian Residual Value Awards

Even more recognition of the low depreciation and high-value performance of the WRX / WRX STI comes via the recent announcement of winning the 2016 ALG Canadian Residual Value Awards, Best Sports Car. WRX / WRX STI took the top honours for the fifth time in eight years.

Subaru Canada also won the 2016 ALG Best Mainstream Brand award, for the second year in a row.

Three Trim Levels, Greater Refinement

The 2017 Subaru WRX STI is offered in three trim levels: the entry level WRX STI, WRX STI Sport and the WRX STI Sport-tech. The 2017 WRX STI adds automatic up/down functionality to the front passenger's window as well as a soft woven fabric on the roof trim. The WRX STI Sport has been given the same changes as the base model but has otherwise not been changed for this model year.

In addition to the above changes, the 2017 WRX STI Sport-tech integrates new infotainment functionality, including Siri Eyes free compatibility for greater voice control, SiriusXM® Traffic and Travel Link: Weather, Sports, and Stocks for detailed information seamlessly integrated into the navigation system, as well as MirrorLink compatibility, enabling connectivity between the vehicle and any MirrorLink-enabled Android smartphone, for easier and more responsible access to navigation, music and phone apps.

All-around Safety

Safety remains the top priority with the 2017 WRX STI and all Subaru vehicles. The combination of Subaru symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive, a light body, chassis rigidity and performance, oversized brakes with high-performance ABS, a highly advanced multi-mode Vehicle Dynamics Control system and active torque vectoring all work together to give the WRX STI the best hazard avoidance in its class – ensuring the driving is exciting, but safe in every scenario. In terms of passive safety, the WRX STI features exceptionally rigid construction and incorporates the latest thinking in passive safety protection. Like all Subaru models, the 2017 WRX STI uses the brand's proven ring-shaped reinforcement frame, which has been shown to excel in the small overlap test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Subaru WRX STI also features a full complement of supplemental restraints, including dual-stage deployment front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, a driver's knee airbag, and side-curtain airbags for front and rear outboard occupants.

Model Overview


Price: $37,995

Engine: 2.5L high-pressure turbocharged and intercooled, horizontally opposed, 4‑cylinder high-performance SUBARU BOXER engine with Dual Active Valve Control and SI-DRIVE

Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission with Hill Holder system

Horsepower: 305

Torque: 290 lb-ft

Features: Subaru symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive; helical limited-slip front differential; TORSEN limited-slip rear differential; Multi-mode Driver Controlled Centre Differential; Torque Vectoring System; Multi-mode Vehicle Dynamics Control system and Traction Control System; Brembo high-performance brake system, STI branded; Super Sport Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; 326 x 30 mm four-piston caliper ventilated front disc brakes; 316 x 20 mm dual-piston caliper ventilated rear disc brakes; driver and front passenger front and side-impact airbags; side curtain airbags; driver's side knee airbag; performance design front seats with separate height- and tilt-adjustable head restraints; engine immobilizer system and anti-theft security system; 18-inch cast aluminum alloy wheels; AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA audio system with 6.2-inch high-resolution touchscreen display, STARLINK™ smartphone integration (including Aha™ radio), USB port/iPod® control, auxiliary audio input and steering wheel-integrated controls; Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity with voice activation and steering wheel-mounted controls; SiriusXM® Satellite Radio installed (3-month trial subscription included); Bluetooth and cruise control switches; one-touch turn signals.


Trim: WRX STI Sport

Price: $40,795

Engine: 2.5L high-pressure turbocharged and intercooled, horizontally opposed, 4‑cylinder high-performance SUBARU BOXER engine with Dual Active Valve Control and SI-DRIVE

Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission with Hill Holder system

Horsepower: 305

Torque: 290 lb-ft

Features (in addition to WRX STI): large rear spoiler; LED low-beam automatic off/on headlights; multi-reflector halogen fog lights; power tilting and sliding glass sunroof; 8‑way power driver's seat, Subaru Rear/Side Vehicle Detection System (SRVD).


Trim: WRX STI Sport-tech

Price: $45,395

Engine: 2.5L high-pressure turbocharged and intercooled, horizontally opposed, 4‑cylinder high-performance SUBARU BOXER engine with Dual Active Valve Control and SI-DRIVE

Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission with Hill Holder system

Horsepower: 305

Torque: 290 lb-ft

Features (in addition to WRX STI Sport): 18-inch BBS-forged aluminum alloy wheels; proximity key with push-button start; AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA audio system with 7-inch high-resolution capacitive touchscreen display with GPS navigation system, Siri Eyes free compatible, SiriusXM® Traffic and Travel Link: Weather, Sports & Stocks (3-month trial subscription included), MirrorLink compatibility, dual USB port/iPod® control, auxiliary audio input and SMS text messaging capability; SiriusXM® Satellite Radio installed (3-month trial subscription included) with SiriusXM® Advanced Audio Services; Harman Kardon 440-watt amplifier; Harman Kardon premium speaker system (9 speakers including subwoofer); leather seating surfaces.


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 92 authorized dealers across Canada. For more information, please visit www.subaru.ca or www.pr.subaru.ca or follow @Subaru_Canada on Twitter.

SOURCE Subaru Canada Inc.

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For further information: Julie Lychak, (905) 568-4959, jlychak@subaru.ca; Sebastien Lajoie, Media Relations, Quebec Region, (514) 336-0600, slajoie@subaru.ca


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